Brasero 0.5.2 released!

I’m here to announce Brasero 0.5.2 release:

This release marks the change of lots of things. Philippe invited me to help maintain and i’m very pleased with that because i love brasero and finally an app that fits everything i wanted on gnome desktop.
Now we use Gnome svn, our development site at http://live.gnome.org and the new Homepage at Gnome Projects. I already bumped on Gentoo tree and i hope other distros pick up this. I’m almost sure this will be the more stable release ever made of Brasero. And now a Bonus Brasero got Tango icons love.
Now the Changelog:

2006 : 0.5.2
Release from the stable series
– Fixed log size to 1MB that was causing problems closing #377198
– Added Support for libisofs >=0.2.4 patch from Denis Leroy and
Luis Medinas closing #395594
– Minor Change on Brasero desktop entry
– New brasero icon by Ulisse (ulisail@yahoo.it)
– Fix for bug #399962 (Large file support now enabled)
– Fix audio title set to “null” (#401340)
– Fix #378061
– New icon for blank action by Josef Vybiral (newsgroups@vybiral.info)

If you need some help or discuss we are at irc.gimp.net #brasero and we now use Gnome bugzilla too we will be happy to fix bugs and review patches if you want to help us.

Happy burning

Ugh

You may not noticed but metacity-themes have been bumped today. I added 5 ultra-sexy metacity themes to metacity-themes packages. So make your Gnome Desktop more sexy tonight ;).

Ohhh gosh mplayer 1.0rc1 is very very nice… the subtitles and the guy are much better than the previous versions. Keep up with good work guys i might change my dvd player from totem (using xine backend to see menus) to mplayer soon.

Good and Bad News for my Desktop

Ok first the bad news. Banshee 0.11.x using mono 1.2 is broken. Only because mono 1.2 as IO Unix backend broken, i already filed a bug with abock and see if we can get this working. Here is the Aaron post to Banshee Mailing List about it.
“The Unix IO backend in Banshee is broken under Mono 1.2, as you’ve seen.
I found out about this on Sunday I think, but haven’t yet had the time
to look into it, so thank you! Your findings should be helpful for the
bug:

http://bugzilla.ximian.com/show_bug.cgi?id=79914

I’ll confirm them hopefully later today, but it would be helpful if you
could post your findings to that bug.

The code in Banshee *should* work (it always has before), so I think
this is a regression in Mono and needs to be fixed. However, I’ll
probably look for a workaround for Banshee 0.11.3.”

The good news for Gnome as i fixed the nautilus bug about the “flying” desktop icons and is all up-to-date according to ftp releases. All except gnomemm and java-gnome bindings. You can see the progress of gnome 2.16 towards to stable here. If you want to speed things a bit helps us fixing this bugs.

Gentoo artwork ??

Hi

Here is a call for help for something that wasn’t done before on the Gentoo Project. Start a new Gentoo artwork herd.

I talked with a few users of lila (like i am too) and they did a wonderful job of creating artwork for Gentoo. But the things never get so good to get the artwork on the main tree and the project was going down :(.

So this is a call for every designers and developer who want’s to build a new artwork project for gentoo. The goal is to have a complete set of artwork for Gentoo which needs to contain wallpapers,icons, gtk and qt themes, gensplash (optional since we already have) and possibly help maintain packages on the x11-themes category of course starting with lila would be good.
I can mentor one or two prospective developers to work on this project. If you are interested you can reach me at gentoo-desktop @ irc.freenode.net or via mail metalgod@gentoo.org.

NetworkManager on Gentoo

finally!!! NetworkManager is on the Gentoo tree. Go sync and try.

Warning 1: Our baselayout rocks so much but you need to disable the network settingsto have NetworkManager working.
Warning 2: You need the masked version of pam and pam_console
Warning 3: If you want to improve the Gentoo backend you are welcome to do so send the patches to our bugzilla

xmms final thoughts

During the last few days lot’s of different opinions were around our community. Some users don’t care about the removal but others start flamming and they want to keep xmms on the tree.
After i go to vacations the sound team (including me) agreed it’s the right time to remove it from the tree because i’m not willing to maintain it anymore. The main reason is that xmms have a dead upstream and we did lot’s of work to keep it sane (you can check our work here).
Now i encourage anyone to merge xmms to an overlay (sunrise might be a good option to be maintained by the community).
Another thing i have to say is that xmms2 isn’t a replacement for the old xmms. It’s a new media player that only shares the name and the developers team.
A few other distribuitons don’t install xmms by default too. They keep xmms on other repositories far from the main tree with the same reason we have.
Lot’s of users complain about the way we did this decision but a few months back we discuss it on gentoo-dev mailing list and we all agreed that it must be removed. So this wasn’t a decision we took last week or in the last days.

Now i encourage every user to test new alternatives, report bugs and claim new features to other media players available on the tree so we all can forget xmms from once and for all. Look there’s lot’s of nice players on the tree. Personaly i use Banshee and Muine this applications rock my desktop. Remember all OSS community shouldn’t be tied to the past we should “inovate” and we should “like to inovate”.
So now i hope everyone calm down we aren’t going to remove KDE or Gnome tomorrow or your favorit piece of software without any good reason. We are opensource lovers too and we do the best we can to love it and inovated it.

Rob Levin aka Lilo is typing atm on Heaven :)

First i would like to say sorry to his family for this. I know it’s hard.
This is a big loss for FOSS community and for the Gentoo Project since he did everything for us.
Lilo you know we won’t miss you. I’m sure you are sending akill’s on Heaven ;).

Rest in Peace.

cdrkit on Gentoo part2

Today i bumped cdrkit on our tree. Like i said previously on a bug i added a virtual/cdrtools and made a symlink to cdrecord so it can be used by every frontend. After this i open a bug #146631 so every arch can test it and keyword it.
Please test this application so we can unmask it soon.

Today i helped again Phillip from Brasero to port this awesome Gnome application to nautilus-burn 2.16. Good Job Phillip.
Yeah he knows it was a pain but here i am to help you :P. I added the development version to portage (masked) 0.4.90 and tomorrow after the 0.4.4 release that wasn’t ready for nautilus-burn 2.16 i will commit too.

Gentoo is with cdrkit

Long time i don’t blog… i’m sorry i know i’m lazy.

I sent this mail to gentoo-dev mailing list today.

“Now i know the real story since i’ve been talking with Debian
Maintainers. So there’s isn’t anything to say but we are working close
to upstream and they actually offer commit access to maintainers of
another distros. Cdrkit project sounds much more like an open project
than cdrtools so i’ll be with them. This was pretty much what happened
with Xfree/Xorg. So cdrtools will be the “close” project and cdrkit the
“open” project. Like i said before Gentoo joined this new project.
Now the license problems are fixed and we can ship this on our portage
tree tarballs for our new releases etc…

The package is in the tree and it’s asking for testing before i can
remove it from pkg.mask and provide the cdrtools virtual.”

Ok i think i don’t have to tell anything more…