2009-12-14

Bustling Banshee Bunch - Web Edition

Incurable Introduction

A long time ago, I was keeping track of patches that were submitted for Banshee through bugzilla and needed some attention. Once or twice per month, I then sent a list of those patches to the banshee mailing list. Those posts were called "Pending Patches Periodical" or PPP. For example, you can have a look at the first issue in the archives.
I thought I'd try to revive this, but in a new format, leveraging this new-fangled "web-log" technology thingy. I'm also going for an expanded scope, hence the new name, but keeping with the ridiculous alliteration-based theme.
I'd be happy to hear what you think about all of this !

Anyone who wants to help by testing and providing feedback is welcome to do so !
Be careful, this is for those who are not afraid of building Banshee from source and understand the risks associated with running bleeding-edge software.

Bouncy Branches

The branches listed here are available in the official git repository. They are in development, but are considered ready for some wider testing. Feedback is welcome on the associated bug or through a new bug in bugzilla.
  • gapless : no unwanted silence between tracks, thanks to the GStreamer playbin2 element (bug 440952)
  • grid : new layout for the ListView, displaying the covert art for albums, see the screenshot
  • watcher : automatically import new files and update your library (bug 385965)

Fancy Figures

Pending Patches

Bug 576666 - YouTube Extension
Really nice feature, patch looks good. (by Kevin Duffus)

Bug 487203 - DAAP password authentication problems when accessing a DAAP server
Only use default codes for password protected servers. Already some positive feedback. (by FĂ©lix Velasco)

Bug 520516 - Cover/Album art filenames not robust, fail for non-ASCII, parenthesis, etc
A first rough patch, some work left : simplification of file naming, migration of existing files and clean-up. (by me)

Bug 602589 - Unable to build on openSUSE 11.0
A partial patch that should fix the build on openSUSE 11.1, someone needs to confirm this. (by me)

Bug 428849 - clickable Album and Artist next to play controls
Has already seen a lot of iterations and improvements, would be nice if somebody could check that it still applies and works with the latest git master. (by Sandy Armstrong)

Endless Epilogue

There are of course a lot of other patches that could be mentioned, so you're welcome to point those out, using our usual communication channels (mailing-list or IRC).
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