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Updated Miro (previously Democracy Player) packages in Debian unstable

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FYI, my new Miro packages (formerly known as Democracy Player) have now reached unstable.

After lots of ugly, ugly trouble with even getting a successful build (boost/python/dbus related, you don't want to know) the packages are back in shape now, with tons of fixed (or no longer reproducible) bugs and lots of upstream impovements and new features.

If you reported a bug against Democracy Player, please try the latest Miro package and check if it still occurs, thanks!

The upgrade should be seamless, your existing config and videos will be migrated from ~/.democracyplayer to ~/.miro automatically upon the first start of Miro.

Some of the new/fixed things in this release include:

  • HTTP proxy support (uses the GNOME proxy settings, use gconf-editor to change them).
  • Flash videos now play fine (non-jerky) and with sound!
  • You can search various video sites (Youtube, Google video, etc.) online, and even save searches as channels.
  • You can export your channel list into an OPML file (and also import OPML files, of course). I've been waiting for this for a very long time (it's a good way to backup your channel list, or move it to another machine)...
  • Lots and lots of bugfixes and small enhancements, as usual.

Mambo Fork

Ok, so it seems the Mambo Foundation (or Miro, the company behind it) wants to take over control of the GPL'd content management system Mambo. The core developers have written an open letter to the community and want to fork the project. Slashdot reported.

Miro has now answered a few questions, see The Mambo Open Source Controversy - 20 Questions With Miro. Again, Slashdot reported.

Among the things the Mambo Foundation introduces are membership fees for 3rd party developers (US$ 1000 per year) and several penalties (even monetary) in the Terms & Conditions for developers who don't follow the rules.

Funny guys...

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