Zeeshan Ali | 4 Jan 12:29 2007

Gabriel 0.1, "Fly Gabriel Fly" released

Hello everyone!
   I am pleased to announce the first release of Gabriel. Gabriel is a
client-server application that allows you to create D-Bus connections
on a remote machine over a secure (SSH) channel. The project is the
first step towards the GOD (Gstreamer On-Demand) project, which would
allow applications to create multimedia pipelines (or parts of the
pipeline) on a remote machine. Nonetheless, Gabriel can be used by
other projects as well.

Homepage: http://gabriel.sourceforge.net/

Download: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=185415&package_id=216103&release_id=475584

Subversion repository: https://gabriel.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/gabriel/

Tracker: http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=185415

Mailing lists: http://sourceforge.net/mail/?group_id=185415


Zeeshan Ali
Design Engineer, SW
Open Source Software Operations
Nokia Multimedia
Jason Brower | 12 Jan 01:47 2007

An idea about a webcam....

Greetings everyone!

I have been wondering how webcam support in gnome has been progressing
and to my knowledge haven't seen any integrate into gnome ideas that
have stuck...
We have things that take pictures.
We have things that run under different protocols.  Ekiga is a great
But what about something in a much simpler sense.  So many people want
to use there cams on the Internet and need a simple more all-in-one
To get to the point you can skip this....
My progress of the year...
I have used Linux as my only OS since 2000 and haven't looked back.
What I found as the greatest challenge is providing a way for me to show
my web-cam with others on the Internet.  For example I have Gaim with 4
or 5 accounts and my Dad asks if he can see me and my wife.  Can't in
Gaim. (And I don't want it to.)
Or I may have more than one person wanting to see the cam at once.  On
different technology.
This led me to make my first web-cam server running in Apache.  I liked
it.  But couldn't get frames past 1 a second.  I wanted something
This led me to camserv.  This little known program uses v4l feeds and
shows them as moving jpegs.  Very nice.  I get very good frame rates.
And best of all I can use it with any browser. Except for IE for some
obviously but not-so-obvious reasons. :)
I have created a very simple front end in about 10 minutes that starts
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Marc-André Lureau | 12 Jan 10:57 2007

Plans to kill libgnome sound


I am trying to remove "hard" dependency to esd in Gnome (see progress on l.g.o/PulseAudio). For that, we need a better libgnome sound.h interface or the GNOME community might take a decision about a specific backend that everyone should use. The problem is that nobody really wants to force people to rely on a specific backend, even more when it is just to play "Bling". And sound event support + theming is a nice feature some of use would like to see. Thus, we need to define a better interface (or everybody will end up writing is on sound-event.h - or not :)

I finally decided to write a proposal, including C header (a kind of replacement for libgnome) and a DBus spec for that interface. You can find it here:

There is some discussions on fd.o dev ml, and dapi ml, but it seems it won't be accepted here (yet :-).

I don't really care what people on fd.o want, but I really would like to see any hard dependency on esd removed in GNOME.

Marc-André Lureau, GSmartMix

gnome-multimedia mailing list
gnome-multimedia <at> gnome.org
colliera | 30 Jan 15:36 2007

default application for mpg mime types


not quite sure where to post this, so trying multimedia, control-center and nautilus. i am having trouble
getting embedded mpg files in a pdf document to run properly. after opening the pdf in acroread-7.0.9 i
find that there is a little paperclip icon, which if i double-click opens a window with three options, one
of which is to open the mpg file. so far, so good. i select this option and after a short pause the following
appears on the terminal:

Initializing gnome-mount extension
seahorse nautilus module initialized

and moments later a dialog box stating 'Couldn't display "/tmp/Acro000vR6pVe/wwlln-africa.mpg". The
location is not a folder'. i have confirmed that the temporary file mentioned in the dialog does indeed
exist! so, obviously something is going awry while nautilus tries to display the mpg file. so i fired up
nautilus, found the mpg file and altered the permissions so that it would use mplayer to run the file.
confirmed that when i double-clicked the mpg from within nautilus it does in fact launch mplayer... so
that looked encouraging. went back to acroread though and encountered exactly the same problem.

okay, so what i actually want is for acroread to launch mplayer to open these embedded files. but for some
reason acroread defers to the window manager to decide which program to run. how can i tell gnome
otherwise? that is, how can i globally set the mapping for mpg files to mplayer?

thanks a lot!

best regards,


Andrew B. Collier

Space Physics Group
Hermanus Magnetic Observatory

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