For quite a long time, there used to be pretty much no news at all about the project status, with no major release coming out, ending up in either user frustration or disappointment. Beneath the surface, development never was discontinued at all but was more oriented over the OpenBricks framework, a generic embedded Linux build system which now sustains the GeeXboX project.
The good news is that the project went well and should soon be delivering its very first release, meaning we’ll be able to finally deliver a new major GeeXboX release. A lot of things have changed and we’ve been sponsored with a new web server, providing us more possible services.
As a result, the GeeXboX project is now able to run multiple HTPC frontends (including Enna, Freevo, MythTV, VDR, QtMediaHub, XBMC and Boxee). GeeXboX’s new default media center frontend now is the award winning XBMC project, that we’re very proud to integrate. We now provide support for the most up-to-date audio/video technologies with complete GPU hardware video decoding support on x86 desktop PCs. Support also has been extended to port GeeXboX on all new ARM-based SoC (e.g TI OMAP 3 & 4, nVidia Tegra2 …) as you can find on our platform compatibility matrix. As for regular PCs, the distribution still support LiveCD booting with improved support for USB-key boot, including persistent data storage (have a try at unetbootin for that). The whole thing comes with a packaging system so that upgrades will be much easier in the future.
That being said, the new release is not yet here but thanks to our new host, we’re able to provide you with pretty stable GeeXboX/XBMC development snapshots for all the major platforms we do support. Actually, as you may have seen, the whole web server has been upgraded to be faster and safer and the old un-maintained forum has been deprecated and replaced by a more integrated version (though forum’s history has been wiped out).
That’s all for today folks, and just remember to enjoy our brand new services:
The GeeXboX project has recently been granted a new dedicated server from Colocation America. Special thanks to them for this nice partnership offer that wil helps provide more features to our user base. As a result, we’ve started the migration of a few services to this secondary server and you’ll probably experience much faster running of the website in the days to come.
Thanks to its much biggest HDD, we’ll soon be able to provide new services over the weeks/months to come. We’ll soon be able to provide you with snapshot archives, that will be daily (or weekly, to be decided) generated from our Mercurial development tree for several hardware architectures. Next to come will also be the support for pre-built packages, which will allow you to either avoid building everything when building from sources, or be able to update your GeeXboX distribution online.
Oh and last but not least, stay tuned, as a the so-long-awaited-for release is going to be out pretty soon
Sorry for the inconvenient but our mailing lists are down due to some server upgrade issue. We’ll working hard on fixing them along with a new server upgrade. Stay tuned !!
Since July 2011, the OpenBricks mailing lists are now handled by Google Groups for various reasons. Everything should now be back to normal. All already subscribed users should have received a mail to subscribe back to the new lists. If it ain’t the case or if you’ve haven’t already subscribed, it’s never too late, so feel free to check our Mailing Lists page.
After reading the OpenBricks announcement you may be wondering what will happen to GeeXboX now. In short: we will continue to develop GeeXboX as before and nothing should change for our users. What will happen though (has already happened actually) is that the day-to-day GeeXboX development will move into the OpenBricks repository – the GeeXboX repository will now be updated for releases only. For details on how to access the new repository please refer to the Development page on the OpenBricks website. The GeeXboX mailing lists will remain active, but we invite you also to subscribe to the OpenBricks lists to remain up-to-date with the developments.
The GeeXboX team is happy to announce the “Day 1″ of the OpenBricks Embedded Linux Framework project. Formed by members of the GeeXboX multimedia distribution, OpenBricks is an enterprise-grade embedded Linux framework that provides easy creation of custom distributions for industrial embedded devices. It features a complete embedded development kit for rapid deployment on x86, ARM, PowerPC and MIPS systems with support for industry leaders.
OpenBricks is a complete OpenSource and non-profit project which aims at bringing a coherent Linux distribution to run on as many embedded devices and architectures as possible. As much as possible, it tries to rely on standardized technologies, protocols and FOSS as to provide the most code re-usability. It can be used as a framework basis to build your very specific Linux distributions, corresponding to your exact and specific needs, whichever you’re trying to build a Set-Top-Box, a touchscreen based multimedia tablet, a NAS, a router or whatsoever. Porting your board to Linux and adding your specific programs never has been so easy and one can easily create its own distribution flavour.
The OpenBricks project targets various hardware architectures on runs on most of the embedded boards reference design. It has been sponsored and helped by various semi-conductor manufacturers such as Texas Instruments (TI) on OMAP3 and OMAP4 chips and nVidia with Tegra250. We’re continuously looking for new devices and boards to be supported by OpenBricks and sponsoring is the way to go. Having your board or SoC supported by the OpenBricks project is only a matter of sponsoring reference designs. We’re currently looking ahead to support some additional chips, including but not limited to Intel CE4100 and CE4200, Marvell Dove and Armada, Freescale i.MX5x and Qualcomm SnapDragon. If you can provide us any help with accessing to such devices and reference boards, we’ll be glad to have them supported.
We’ve been working for quite a few time on it and it was expected for even much longer but the GeeXboX project now has a brand new website. The whole thing is much more “Web 2.0″-like (if it still means anything …) and will provide you much more interaction with the development team.
We expect to be able to use it as a blog engine and keep you posted of every significant change and steps in the project’s lifetime. In the mean time, you’ll also be able to comment and reply to our posts and share news through various social networks.
Hope you’ll all enjoy this new website
Surrending to the blog’s trend and due to both the lack of releases and massive user/fanboys spam regarding project’s enhancements, a few GeeXboX developers have decided writting their own blogs to relate about project’s evolution. Lack of manpower resulted in homepage not being updated, but development never has stopped and development releases are regularly provided on user forum. While the 1.2 release of GeeXboX still suffers of some nasty bugs to be released, interested people can subscribe to RSS feeds (or simply visit) the following blogs. They’ll try to keep you updated on GeeXboX related projects enhancements, including of course GeeXboX Media Center OS, but also uShare, libdlna, libplayer and Enna. Stay tuned folks …
At last here it is… we have been analysing the data we gathered during the user survey, and we found out many interesting thing about you! First of all, you are many more than we imagined, and you are very responsive and involved: thank you for your interest and participation! And then where and how you user GeeXboX, what you like the most, what your strongest needs are… Are you curious to have a look at the survey report? Then download it! You can find it at OpenUsability
The GeeXboX user survey is now closed. We have received many more responses than we would have ever hoped for, and this means that we have a great user base. We really wish to thank all of you for your help; now we have to get working and make good use of your responses: hopefully you’ll be able to see the effects very soon!
Within the OpenUsability project, we are deploying a user survey in order to get to know our users better so that we can improve the user interface. We currently are in the process to restructure GeeXboX in order to render it more usable: that is, we want you to be able to use GeeXboX more easily, quickly and with more satisfaction and enjoyment. So, please spend five minutes of your time and answer the questions that you can find on this survey .
Thank you in advance for your involvement.