Thursday, November 30, 2006

Canola has been released!

Yeah I know some other guys have already posted about this, but I was unable to do it as I was sleeping while people were working hard to ensure everything was working fine. They've found some issues in the installation process which were quickly solved. It works like a charm now.

Things about Canola I like a lot:

  • Incredibly easy to use UI

  • The wood theme

  • Web configuration tool

  • Canola Home Applet

So big congratulations (and sweet dreams) to the Canola Team (in no particular order): Marcelo, Gustavo, Chenca, Andrunko, Talita and Cidoca for this awesome software. Lets enjoy it!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Gstreamer Training

Last week Edward "Bilboed" Hervey from Fluendo was here in Recife to give us an advanced training in GStreamer.

We spend five intense days (about 8 hours per day) learning about everything of this fantastic framework, from how to use GStreamer in applications and writing simple plugins to its deep internals, like QoS, clocks, synchronization, segments and so on. We've also found some bugs while trying to implement reverse playback in dvdemux and dvdec. In the end it was a very productive week and on Friday we were exhausted, as you can see in the next picture, taken during the lunch we had celebrating the end of the training.

I ended the training with some ideas of an interesting application using GStreamer. I really hope I'll be able to start it really soon. :)

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Spreading Maemo Platform (and INdT projects)

INdT crew is really working hard on spreading our commitment to the open source community by showing the projects we participate in various events that occured all around brazilian northearsten region. We gave talks related to our projects regarding Python, VoIP, Gstreamer and specially the Maemo platform. A small summary of some of the events we participated follows:

  • V SEC: Marcio Macedo talked about Multimedia and Mobility in Free Software and my presentation was about the Maemo Platform. The audience (mostly students) was really impressed to see me switching the slides remotely using a Nokia 770 (which was running vncviewer).

  • II EPSL: Marcio Macedo talked about Developing VoIP Applications, Osvaldo Santana presented the Maemo platform and Gustavo Barbieri talked about python language, his Eagle Library and some other examples in Maemo Platform.

  • III FCSL: This time I gave two talks, the first one was the default Maemo platform presentation and the other was about my experience in porting some desktop applications to it. Eduardo Valentin from INdT Manaus office talked about the work he has done building ALSA support to Maemo. Daniel D'andrada, talked about Python in mobile devices such as cellphones and the Nokia 770 and also gave a mini course of python using the scratchbox environment and the Maemo platform. Ilias Biris, also from INdT Manaus gave a talk about testing the Linux Kernel in various platforms. Finally Edgard Lima talked about the gstreamer framework, which he is deeply involved.

  • SEMANASOL: This time Osvaldo Santana gave two talks. The first one was the "default" Maemo Platform presentation and the second talking about Free Software Project Management.

It's kind of weird to talk about such an amazing development platform when we are not able to buy the only compatible device (770) here in Brazil. :(

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Canola Release Date

It's been some days since Marcelo announced Canola release date, but I think it's never too late for it.

Canola will be available for download on november 29th

We just can't wait to get it released!

Thursday, November 9, 2006

More action!

Marcelo has just uploaded another video to YouTube showing Canola in action, but this time accessing a huge shared playlist. You can also see my sharing there ;). The results are quite impressive. Great job guys!

Friday, November 3, 2006

Canola preview video

It's hosted on YouTube. Go for it.

Some discussion can be found in Marcelo's blog.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Nokia 770 as a portable media center?

We've been thinking a lot about turning the Nokia 770 device into a pocket-sized media center. What about enjoying all your music, videos and photos anywhere? Well, I can say this is really near to become true. A little bit of its taste can be found in Marcelo's blog. Check it out: