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20Oct/110

One and One Makes Two…. or 1.1

Just a quick note to say that I've just pushed PulseAudio 1.1 out the door. Get it while it's hot!

This release fixes a couple issues people had with our two-point version number change and several other bits and bobs.

On it's way to Mageia Cauldron now and I should get around to backporting this sometime very soon for mga1 now that backports are open :)

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27Sep/1114

One Point Oh!

It is with great pride that I announce PulseAudio 1.0!

It's been a long time coming and I'm very glad this is finally out of the door and I look forward to a much more streamlined release process in the future.

There are too many people to thank but in particular I'd like to thank Arun Raghavan, Tanu Kaskinen, David Henningsson, Maarten Bosmans, Daniel Mack, Jason Newton, Jyri Sarha, Lu Guanqun, Luiz Augusto von Dentz, Marc-André Lureau, Pierre-Louis Bossart, Siarhei Siamashka and of course Lennart Poettering.

There is more info over on the announce mail, so give it a read and also see our release notes.

Obviously there is still a huge amount to be done, both in the daemon itself, improving documentation and improving integration into the desktop environment itself. Any help is gratefully received!

So stay tuned for future improvements! And speaking of staying tuned, I'd also like to announce Planet PulseAudio. This is an aggregated feed of posts about PulseAudio. If you have a blog and write about PA, please get in touch and we can add your feed. The design is heavily borrowed from Planet GNOME so it should be familiar for some readers.

Packages are already available for Mageia Cauldron and backports for Mageia 1 will be available sometime soon. Hopefully someone will update the packages in Mandriva as I'm not actively doing stuff over there these days.

Happy listening!

PS I'm sure there will be a brown bag moment to come with a 1.0 release, but fingers crossed.... :p

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28Aug/114

Thunderavian: Renaming Thunderbird Newsgroups

Like a lot of open source developers in the KDE and GNOME communities, I use Thunderbird as my primary email client (I generally sit on the fence between KDE and GNOME anyway so not using KMail or Evolution is in fitting with that!). I have a few other clients for accessing my mail (e.g. Roundcube and on various phones and tablets via IMAP too). But when I use Thunderbird, I also use the awesome Gmane service. This free service allows you to access many of the mailing lists of the Open Source community via an NNTP interface (which Thunderbird supports well). Rather than clogging up your mail server with subscriptions to lots of messages of numerous projects (even if something like GMail would do a good job of organising this), using NNTP gives you control over when to "pull" the messages in. In most cases you can even post to the mailing list via Gmane too without having to subscribe to the list (you just have to go through a one time verification process).

Sadly one things that has always bugged me: the fact I cannot rename the newsgroups to suit my taste. I already use the Extra Folder Columns addon that lets me see additional columns in the folder listings so I had a little go at tweaking it to allow me to assign nicer names for the numerous newsgroups (well mailing lists) I follow. It turned out not to be too hard (tho' it took me a while due to not knowing anything about modding Mozilla apps!).

The result:

Screenshot showing the effect of renamed newsgroups in Thunderbird

Thunderbird Newsgroups Renamed!

My patch can be found here. I'll be submitting it upstream to the guys who developed the addon and they'll hopefully incorporate it (even if it does not fit in perfectly with the name of the addon, it wouldn't really be possible to do this separately without tweaking the existing addon in some capacity).

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