Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rygel 0.3 (Berlin is cool if it doesn't rain) is out

Rygel 0.3 (Berlin is cool if it doesn't rain) is out!

Here are is relase announcement:

Brief summary of changes since 0.2.2:

- Transcoding from any format (that gstreamer's decodebin2 can handle) to mp3,
linear PCM and mpeg transport stream containing mpeg 2 video and mp2 audio.
- Plugin API to deal with user preferences.
- User preferences UI: rygel-preferences.
- New plugins:
* Folder: Recursively exports folders specified in the user preferences.
* ZDFMediathek: Exports online media from 2nd German TV station.
* External: Exports media hierarchies provided by external applications
through implementation of this spec: The first application
that utilizes this feature is PulseAudio.
- Drop xbox support. It didn't work anyway and we better concentrate on
implementing standard stuff that it at least worthy of being called "UPnP" (
at least for now).
- Tracker and DVB plugins are only loaded if their corresponding services are
- Export of duration for music and video items from Tracker.
- Use HTTP EOF encoding rather the CHUNKED for live streams.
- Ability to build rygel plugins outside it's source tree.
- HTTP proxying only if needed.
- Now that gupnp-av does DLNA profile guessing for us, no need to lie about
DLNA profile anymore.
- Add a summary after configure.
- HTTServer is now internal API.
- Use git-version-gen to generate package version.
- Differentiate between modules and plugins
- Passive, asynchronous plugin loading. A side-effect of which is that modules
can now load more than one plugin.
- Differentiate between name and title of the plugin.
- Plugins can now dynamically change their availability.
- Add API to get/list plugins.
- Re-use existing description from user's home directory. This not only speeds
the start-up but also obsoletes the necessity to keep immutable data (e.g UDN)
in user preferences.
- Provide gconf schemas.
- Lots of other improvements and bug fixes.

Dependency-related changes:

- Explicitly require and link to libsoup-2.4 >= 2.26.0.
- Don't require Vala (and bindings) in distribution tarball.
- Require gupnp-av >= 0.4.
- Require Vala >= 0.7.3.
- Require Gtk+ >= 2.16 if preferences UI is not disabled.

Bugs fixed in this release:

582173 - git-version-gen: generate versions with - instead of .
577000 - gupnp-av-cp does not like & in uris
576998 - Rygel wants to transcode audio files to video/mpeg
575935 - Add support for duration metadata field
574604 – bug connecting to PS3

All contributors to this release:

Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)
Jens Georg
Henrique Ferreiro
Lennart Poettering
Marc-André Lureau
Rob Taylor

Download source tarball at:

Here is me watching streams from 2nd German TV channel, transcoded to mpeg transport stream through Rygel on my PS3:

Here is the video clip if you are interested or don't believe me. :)


Vadim Peretokin said...

Curious - why do the sources have both .vala and .c?

zeenix said...

> Curious - why do the
> sources have both .vala
> and .c?

Because the generated .c files are added to the distribution so that person compiling from release tarball doesn't need Vala and bindings. Please check the (which is admittedly quite a mess) if you want to know exactly it's done.

Vadim Peretokin said...


Yeah, tried compiling myself, but it needed a version of a library that's newer in latest Ubuntu. Kind of gave up because I'm not into dep-hunting (sorry :/).

That's what I was thinking though. Good stuff.

towolf said...

Unfortunately ZDF is unwatchably bad. Average viewer age for ZDF is 60 years old.

Astron said...

Hmm... "Neues aus der Anstalt"?