GeeXboX 1.2: ‘Broadcast simultaneously one year in the future’ edition

Here we finally are. Today marks GeeXboX 1.2 release that was awaited for such a long time. This is a really important step for the project, being the very latest release from the 1.x series. The 1.2 took quite a long time to emerge but brought a lot of features, the most important ones being the x86_64 architecture support and the HDTV and widescreens optimizations through X.Org inclusion. We’ve also added a brand new tool, called Win32 installer that allows you installing GeeXboX to your current hard-disk without need of partitionning/formatting it again. Please feel free to browse Changelogs from all 1.2 beta releases for a complete list of changes.

So again, GeeXboX 1.2 is the last version you’ll see that relies on our original MPlayer OSD based blue screen user interface. Over the years (and especially last months), a lot of efforts have been made to work on the upcoming 2.x series, that will feature a complete rework of the UI, based on the ultra fast and shiny Enlightenment toolkit. We already have made very good progress on this nextgen architecture and the first 2.0-alpha1 release will probably be out in a few weeks for tests purpose.

Eager and impatient folks can have a look at exclusive screenshots of what 2.x interface will looks like. So just wait for a couple more weeks for this.

But let’s get back to 1.2. This is our very latest stable release and will stay so for quite a while, until 2.0 is fully ready for use. With this release, we’ve done our best to please everyone in order to provide you with best video playback experience and we hope it’ll keep on going.

Detailed Changelog (relative to 1.2-beta3 release):

System:
– Upgrade to Linux 2.6.27.13.
– Use On-Demand CPU frequency scaling policy.

X.Org:
– Upgrade X.Org ATI driver to 6.10.0.

Player:
– Fix VCD playback issues.
– Disable GOOM audio visualization, was sucking down CPU too much.
– Fix some TV card bad color effects.

Installator:
– Simplify installator partitionning step.
– Unify disk install, using GRUB on USB devices too.

Miscellaneous:
– Fix a mounting issue when 2 hardware devices have the same name.
– Add support for disks with no partition table (Ex: Win32 formatted USB keys).
– Add a Win32 utility that allows installing GeeXboX to your current hard-disk without need of partitionning/formatting it again.
– Add USB network drivers to emulate a NIC.
– Fix boot issue with several CD/DVD drives.

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