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20
Mar

WildMIDI 0.3.5 has been released

WildMIDI

We have a brand new release on our 0.3 branch! The intent here is to be the bridge between the older 0.2 series and our feature rich 0.4 that is currently under development.

Downloads
Source and binaries can be found on our github release page:
https://github.com/Mindwerks/wildmidi/releases

New and Old Developers

After a few months of development, we’ve really brought WildMIDI a long way. We are rejoined by Chris Ison (Wildcode) who had taken a small break away from development. Another developer has also joined us from uHexen2, Ozkan Sezer, who has contributed quite a lot to the project. Welcome guys! If you want to help out, just create a github account, fork us and send pull requests. Other forms of help are also appreciated, tracking down bugs and new platforms for us to support.

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26
Jan

Introducing WildMIDI version 0.3.2

WildMIDI

After several years of silence, There is now a new version of WildMIDI! Chris “Wildcode” Ison seems to have fallen off the planet around February of 2012 and the bug reports and patches have been accumulating on his SourceForge page. I decided to dump his SVN repository to github and continue hacking where he left off. We are still very much 100% API/ABI compatible and new versions can be considered drop-in replacements. We will continue to be open to developers that wish to improve WildMIDI but keep in mind that our goal is to be small and fast. We also wish Chris the very best and want very much for him to rejoin the project.

What’s new?

There have been a lot of changes since WildMIDI 0.2.3.5, mostly involving our new build system.
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23
Oct

Debian Package Maintenance

debian

I’ve been there before with Gentoo, as a developer, but times and situations have changed. Over the years I’ve been deeply involved with Ubuntu for my work and at its heart, Debian. I’ve become a Debian Developer to help get closer to the development process, package management and maintenance to do my share of the heavy lifting.

The first thing I did was sign up at Alioth, a software ‘forge’ used by Debian for collaboration. Create a ‘New Account’ and just be aware that whatever login name you use, it will be appended with ‘-guest’. This will go away once you’ve officially joined Debian. At this point, it is also a good idea join a Debian mailing list and/or join IRC at irc.debian.org and have a nice chat with the folks in #Debian or their various sub-channels where you would like to help. It is important to have a sponsor/mentor that can help you out if you a problem. You will need them when getting accepted into the Debian community in order to start working.

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3
Oct

Wireless BCM4312 with the 3.10, 3.11, 3.12 and 3.13 kernels

Broadcom Chipset BCM4312
The hybrid driver from Broadcom was updated again in September (2013) with all the previous patches and a few other fixes as well. This brings them up to support linux kernel 3.9, which is very much welcome.

Sadly it breaks again with >= 3.10 with many warnings and errors which isn’t good considering that Ubuntu (13.10) Saucy Salamander is about to be released.

We do have a patch for you though that gets us working again up to the 3.11 kernel.

Chipsets supported by “Broadcom’s IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n hybrid Linux® device driver” are: BCM4311, BCM4312, BCM4313, BCM4321, BCM4322, BCM43224, BCM43225, BCM43227 and BCM43228.

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13
Aug

Transcoding for mobiles

transcode-iconThere are times where I need a few films on my mobile for my son to watch. For my particular mobile “Galaxy Gio” the constraints for hardware acceleration is 360p as anything bigger will cause it to switch to software which is slower and sometimes a slideshow. For the uninitiated, 360p means either 480×360 at 4:3 ratio (your old TV) or 640×360 at 16:9 ratio (your HD TV).

First we need to cleanup our file names and sometimes ‘rename’ doesn’t work properly. We list all files and separate them by commas and then parse line by line to first remove everything between () and then everything between []. We then move from the old name to the new name.
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