Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rygel 0.4.4 (Green & Mean) is out!

Here goes the release log:

Brief summary of changes since 0.4.2:

- Provide a gstreamer-based MediaRenderer plugin. This is mostly code stolen (
  and heavily adapted) from gupnp-media-renderer except that it doesn't depend
  on libowl-av and/or gtk+.
- More ease for MediaServer implementors.
- Better error handling.
- Make sure no message is suppressed until we know what level of console output
  user wants.
- Make use of vala's async support to simplify code quite a bit.
- Plugins should load xml files from source tree when built with
  '--enable-uninstalled' configure flag.
- Build with no optimizations in debug mode.
- Use closure table to speed up object lookup and deletion.
- Add build option for SQL debugging.
- Workaround a crasher bug (#3774) in sqlite 3.6.12.
- Use vala's static client D-Bus syntax.
- Early ignorance of disabled plugins. This not only speeds-up startup a bit but
  also rids us of redundant debug messages.
- MediaExport:
  - Nicely handle unavailability of gstreamer's playbin(2) element.
  - Fix a potential crasher.
- Tracker:
  - Use multidimensional arrays to deal with search results. This combined with
    static client D-Bus syntax gives us quite a speed boost.
  - Handle item creation error.
- External:
  - Allow applications to provide custom thumbnails for items.
  - Support pixel-aspect-ratio properties.
  - All D-Bus operations are now done asynchronously.
  - Make use of plugin icon if provided.
  - Move magic string substitution to core so other plugins can benefit from it.
- Lots of other improvements and bug fixes.

Dependency-related changes:

- Require and adapt to libgee >= 0.5.
- Require and adapt to valac >= 0.7.8.

Bugs fixed in this release:

597276 - Rygel crash on startup
587649 - thumbnails not published for external media servers
589959 - External plugin should query media servers on demand
598005 - unable to load media-tracker plugin

All contributors to this release:

Zeeshan Ali (Khattak) 
Jens Georg 
Thijs Vermeir 

Download source tarball from here.

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