Release Digest: GNOME, April 20, 2003
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A serverless instant messaging tool for local LANs.
- Buddy Group support has been added.
- A preferences dialog has been added.
- The GUI has been improved.
- Much of the program has been rewritten.
- Many bugs in the protocol have been fixed.
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GStreamer "Proven to be true" 0.6.1 released
The GStreamer team is proud to announce an updated version in the
ABI-stable 0.6.x series, which features many bugfixes and some feature
improvements over the previous 0.6.0 release.
At this point in time GStreamer is fully functional for creating
audio-based applications, as shown by applications such as
gnome-sound-recorder, net-rhythmbox, sound-juicer and nautilus-media.
The video part is known to be somewhat less functional than the audio
part, but applications such as gst-player works very well, and a port of
Totem is in progress in GNOME CVS.
We will also be releasing a development 0.7 release series, in which we
will work on such things as the remaining issues, such as the
interactivity support which is needed for DVD menus and SWF (Flash).
This means developers working on apps needing these services can use the
0.7 series for development and then enable 0.6 support as these
additions optionally get backported to 0.6 once they are stable and work
The GStreamer applications we ship all check for both gstreamer-0.6,
gstreamer-libs-0.6 and gstreamer-play-0.6; if those aren't found the 0.7
version of those files are checked for. We suggest anyone making
GStreamer-based apps do the same.
We are starting to have a really nice collection of applications under
development using GStreamer. If you are looking for something specific
check out our growing applications status page:
* Pipeline based media architecture
* Over 130 plugins
* All parts interchangeable
* Few dependencies, only glib, popt and libxml for core (libxml
* Python Language bindings
* Good documentation
* Widely deployed through bundling with GNOME 2.2
* Design catering also for applications needing low-latency
* Highly portable, already running on most mainstream CPU's
* Modular design and use of 3rd party best of breed libraries
means no bloat
* LGPL licensing lays no restrictions on application developers
* Easy for applications to ship their own plugins to the core as
* Compiles with both GCC and Forte compilers
* Tested to run on Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris
Updates with regard to 0.6.0
* Makefile corrections for bison/flex generated files (#101421)
* Better handling of unknown popt arguments (don't g_error()!)
* Fixes for systems that don't have stdint.h and still want a52dec
* Moved gst-element-check.m4 macro from plugins to core (#104282)
* Cleanup for arts Makefile (generated files mess; #104689)
* Remove CVS dir from dist for ffmpeg (#104752)
* xvideosink does no longer open $DISPLAY when registering plugins
* Improved vorbis typefinding (also works for streams; #106448)
* Fix osssrc read()-before-format-negotiation bug (#106709)
* ISO C fix - use time_t instead of long (#106774)
* make ffmpeg use $(MAKE) instead of make (#106776)
* fix m4 scripts for lrint/lrintf (freeBSD fix; #106777)
* disable ffmpeg video/mpeg typefinding because it's too generic
* Disable qcam plugin for archs that don't want it (everything but
* Workaround for v4l devices that say they have audio while they
don't (mostly webcams; #109330)
* spit out warning for cdparanoia discids that we know could be
wrong (data/audio combi cds; #109558)
* use guint32 instead of gulong for things that need to be 4 bytes
* prevent closing random file descriptors in udpsrc (#109797)
* Fix libgstcontrol linking (#109993 & #109994)
* fix sine compilation (#110038)
* upgrade dvdnav plugin to next lib version (#110138)
* libgstplay/libgstgconf changes/additions (#110171)
* avidemux endianness fixes (#110248)
* fix modplug (#110252)
* fix mikmod (#110253)
* fix law plugins #110255)
* fix wav file parsing (#110516)
* fix wavenc on big-endian machines (#110542)
* fix vorbis metadata writing (#110544)
* new gthread-based schedulers (mostly relevant for archs where
cothreads don't work at all, like sparc; #110545)
* make bins forward EOS from their child elements (#110589)
* fix spider in case source elements provide caps too (#93735)
* fix mp3 typefinding, also works on streams now (#94113)
* Use opt scheduler by default (increases portability, see
* Solaris optimizations disabled (not working, #104715)
* Fix wrong encoding of metadata in mad plugin (Latin instead of
* Fix v4l compilation problems due to different versions of
v4l/v4l2 headers around (#105467 & #110009)
* Updates to goom/synaesthesia visualization plugins to prevent
them from hanging on song change (DISCONT event)
* Better dump_mem implementation (#109729)
* Fix for incorrect refcounting (#110962, #110963, #110964,
#109724 & #109727)
* Fix for compilation with debug disabled (#106047)
* New shaper element
* Fix for mpeg playback crash (#110899)
* Center X image that playbacks video (xvideosink) for non-Xv
capable cards. Also give it black background borders
* Send events over the eventhandler rather than the eventfunction
directly, so schedulers can insert their own handler. Also known
as "Voodoo only Wim understands" (#110976)
More details on these features can be found on the project's website,
Support and Bugs
We use Gnome's Bugzilla for bug reports and feature requests. The
"product name" is GStreamer (capital G). Please do the following before
writing a bug report :
gst-feedback &> feedback 2>&1
and attach the file "feedback" to your bug report, so that we have some
information useful in the debugging process.
GStreamer is hosted on SourceForge. All code is in CVS and can be
checked out from there. Interested developers of the core library,
plug-ins, and applications should subscribe to the gstreamer-devel list.
If there is sufficient interest we will create more lists as necessary.
We are still looking for people with access to FreeBSD, Solaris, HP-UX,
Irix and True64 that would be willing to try building and testing
GStreamer. Patches fixing such problems are also more than welcome.
Contributors to this release
Patches to the core of Gstreamer
* Wim Taymans <wim.taymans(AT)chello.be>
* Thomas Vander Stichele <thomas(AT)apestaart.org>
* David I. Lehn <dlehn(AT)vt.edu>
* David Schleef <ds(AT)schleef.org>
* Joshua N Pritikin <vishnu(AT)pobox.com>
* Ronald Bultje <rbultje(AT)ronald.bitfreak.net/>
* Benjamin Otte <in7y118(AT)public.uni-hamburg.de/>
Plugins and Sample Applications
* Julien MOUTTE <jmoutte(AT)electronic-group.com>
* Cameron Hutchison <camh+gst(AT)xdna.net>
* Iain Holmes <iain(AT)prettypeople.org>
* Jérémy Simon <jsimon13(AT)yahoo.fr>
* Jan Schmidt <thaytan(AT)mad.scientist.com/>
* Andrew Turner <zombie(AT)4free.co.nz>
* Leif Morgan Johnson <lmjohns3(AT)eos.ncsu.edu/>
* Marinus Schraal <foser(AT)gentoo.org>
* Martin Janzen <janzen(AT)pixelmetrix.com>
* Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller <Uraeus(AT)gnome.org>
Coriander is a GUI for IIDC compliant, IEEE1394 Digital
Camera. Current release includes the following features:
camera control, picture saving and FTP posting, live display
- fixed the automatic iso restart when changing format,...
- fixed freeing of unallocated buffer structs in threads
- changed status statusbar to textbox so it acts like a log.
- fixed '-0.00' display of FPS.
- fixed segfault when a service could not start. Failure is now logged.
- removed CleanThreads() function, it is now useless thanks to the new
- changed the failure messages for iso service
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a free music player and organizer for GNOME
Overview of Changes in netRhythmbox 0.4.7
* Requires GStreamer 0.6.1 (or 0.7.x) [Colin Walters]
* Buffering in internet radio [Colin Walters, Benjamin Otte]
* Use musicbrainz 2.0 [Colin Walters, Benjamin Otte]
* Some small gcc 3.3 code cleanups [SchAmane]
* Wait a few seconds to update play statistics for iradio [Colin Walters]
* More internet radio stations in the default list [Colin Walters]
* New .spec file [Peter Oliver]
* Really restore shuffle state this time :) [Colin Walters]
* Move some code to use C99 features if available. C99 good. [Colin
* Redo the build system a bit [Colin Walters]
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A user interface builder for GTK+ 2 & GNOME 2.
The official web site is:
o Hide GNOME widgets and stock items in GTK+ projects.
o Updated for newer GnomeDB.
o Updated example text editor application for GTK+ 2.
o Made stock icon code more robust, fixing bug #105694 which
caused crashes when editing menus, especially on RedHat 9.
o Several other minor fixes. See the ChangeLog.
Alleyoop is a GNOME frontend to the Valgrind memory checker.
Features include a right-click context menu to intelligently
suppress errors or launch an editor on the source file/jumping
to the exact line of the error condition. A searchbar at the
top of the viewer can be used to limit the viewable errors
to those that match the regex criteria entered. Also included
is a fully functional Suppressions editor.
- Implemented Cut/Copy/Paste support, although Paste is a no-op.
- Added NULL-protection for resolved symbol filenames. Fixes a
segfault when objects don't contain the source filenames in their
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