Gentoo Updates from the Flame

A bit of updates for my loyal users who waited for my return to get a few bumps 😉 As I didn’t talk much of the things I’ve done for Gentoo since I returned, it’s time now to write about this topic.

First of all, I spent the good part of yesterday updating the 100+ packages that were updated while I was away, so I started committing only last night. I had some big bumps that were waiting, mostly PulseAudio software and ALSA 1.0.12 release.

Now, ALSA is updated, 1.0.12 final in ~arch for everybody, finally with pulse plugin in alsa-plugins, rather than the misnamed polyp plugin. It’s a whole refresh of the packages, so there’s a bit to update.

PulseAudio was updated too, with the new HAL support working out of the box, but there might be problems with the new SHM support: at least my system had /dev/shm set 0755, while it should be 1777 .. if PulseAudio fails to work for you, run “chmod 1777 /dev/shm” and you’ll be done, most likely. I also added paprefs to the portage tree, but -* masked as I cannot test it myself (requires gconf); I’ll leave to more GNOME-oriented developers to handle it.

On the KDE side, amarok-1.4.2-r1 is in portage, there’s no -r0 because I wanted that everybody who bumped it locally rebuild it with the patches upstream provided me. This version does not re-enable musicbrainz, because it’s still masked, and does not provide libmtp support, because it’s not in portage. You can still use EXTRA_ECONF to enable libmtp if you want, the patch needed is included. Same for musicbrainz. Remember not to file bugs if you do that tho. I also update Kopete, and I’ve seen Matteo beating me with updating GwenView 😉 I’ve added a new KMail too disabling indexlib, that is reported by upstream as highly experimental, it might be the cause for some of the crashes at least.

rtorrent/libtorrent are bumped too, but I have to say I find latest rtorrent a bit slower (with the interface) than before.

And really interesting for anybody on non-x86 systems, I’ve added a snapshot of xine-lib, a 1.1.3_pre release, masked, that uses masked ffmpeg to play WMV3 files! No win32codecs needed, no mplayer-bin needed! Enjoy 🙂 And thanks Luca for the ffmpeg snapshot update.