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SqueezeCenter Ebuild on GitHub

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I've greated a public git repository to hold development and release versions of the SqueezeCenter ebuild for Gentoo. I'll push release versions there at the same time that they're submitted for formal inclusion in Portage, but I will also push beta versions that should be stable and will contain changes that will probably appear in future ebuilds. Some ebuilds will appear from time-to-time for nightly releases for SqueezeCenter on the way to support for future released SqueezeCenter versions. Read on for the URLs.

Updated AutoRescan Plugin Available

I've just created an updated version of the AutoRescan plugin. This catches a few more directory change notifications and so should catch some events the previous version missed.

You can get it from the usual place:

Gentoo Package for SqueezeCenter 7

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I've been contributing Gentoo ebuilds for the developing SqueezeCenter 7 for a while now. You can find them in the official Portage tree under media-sound/squeezecenter. These ebuilds are currently tracking the nightly releases of the stabilising 7.0 branch, which is expected to be officially released soon. When it is released I intend to produce a stable 7.0 version and then continue producing updated ebuilds for nightlies, but tracking the 7.0.1 release that is pretty sure to follow. I'm trying to produce an updated nightly ebuild approximately weekly (read that carefully!).

AutoRescan Plugin for SqueezeCenter

I've written a plugin to automatically detect changes to your music files and update the SqueezeCenter music library, without you having to manually initiate a rescan or wait for a scheduled rescan.
It relies on the Linux inotify kernel interface, so this version is Linux-only I'm afraid.
Get it here:

Jive Lazy Search Interface Idea

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Whilst I'm waiting for the hardware (it's due today), here's an idea for a Jive-based lazy search user interface. This is based on some ideas I've seen from my car's navigation system, some comments in the forum, and some (slight) creativity on my own part. You can click the image thumbnail for a larger version.

Jive Hardware Beta

I'm very pleased to say that I've been invited onto the Slim Devices/Logitech Jive Hardware Beta test programme.

File Downloads Fixed

I've realised that a permissions problem prevented file attachments from appearing on this site, which might have been confusing. I've fixed that now and so you should be able to download files agian.

"We apologise for the inconvenience."

Lazy Search Plugin 3.0b2 Released

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I have produced a small update to the plugin version that is tracking the development version of SlimServer - v3.0b2.

There's little visible difference in this update but I have moved to the new 'modular' preferences structure and implemented validation on the plugin settings page.

Fill your boots here.


Moving to Drupal

In light of the recent security problems with WordPress, and because I fancied a change, I've migrated this site to Drupal.

It's quite possible you'll find things that have been broked by the migration - if so just let me know.

Lazy Search Plugin 3.0b1 Released

I'm pleased to announce v3.0b1 of the Lazy Search Music plugin for SlimServer 7.0. This is the first release that works on the unstable development version of SlimServer, so if you're involved with the development or testing of that version then this is the Lazy Search plugin version you need.

This is a beta release of the plugin and so there may be outstanding problems that I've not found. However, I'm reasonably confident that it works as I've run through my complete test suite and found no outstanding problems.

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