Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Mandriva and EEE PC, 2009.0 specs

Maybe people are not aware of this fact but we, at Mandriva, really love EEE PC. We love them so much that Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring (released on April 9th 2008) is fully compatible with EEE PC 700/701, out of the box (no patch needed), with all features working. And as a bonus, we give you about half an hour more of battery autonomy, compared to the distribution bundled with EEE PC. For EEE PC 900, you need to upgrade kernel and hal-info packages from security / bugfix update media (if you are installing from Mandriva Free or Mandriva Powerpack installer, just accept security updates at the end of install). We haven't got a EEE PC 901 in our hands yet, but we will make sure to fix any incompatibilities found, if any.

Even better : if you have Mandriva Flash 2008 Spring edition (released last week), you can use the new "install from flash key" feature to install Mandriva on your EEE PC (no USB CD/DVD drive nor network install required) and it will work on 700/701/900 EEE PC (no changed needed).

Hint : if you are coming to GUADEC at Istanbul, you should be happy with GUADEC USB key this year ;)

Mandriva Linux 2009
We have just posted technical specifications for Mandriva 2009.0 (scheduled for early October), based on both internal and community feedbacks. Now, we just need to implement as much as possible of them ;)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Guadec, Gstreamer, Sigur Ros

\o/ flights and hotel for GUADEC are booked. For people who planned to go Golden Horn hotels recommended by GUADEC organisation, I suggest using Go Voyages (or Go Volo in english) to book : their price is even lower than GUADEC group rate. And you can even use some coupons to lower the bill ( Thanks to Wikio ).


I really like being able to use gstreamer to do simple file conversion ; for instance, if you want to convert a FLV file (containing a mp3 stream) to a mp3 file, just run :
gst-launch-0.10 filesrc location="file.flv" ! flvdemux ! filesink location="file.mp3"

Sigur Ros
Sigur Ros next album will be released on June 23. In the mean time, you can download the first track of the album, see the clip for the first track (quite nice), listen to the full album in stream (too bad, it is in flash) and you can pre-order the album either in a physical copy or a digital copy, with no DRM (MP3, 320Kbps), for a reasonable price.. I like intelligent marketing like this.