Miro 1.0 released!

Note: This is an old post in a blog with a lot of posts. The world has changed, technologies have changed, and I've changed. It's likely this is out of date and not representative. Let me know if you think this is something that needs updating.

Miro 1.0 has been released! Yay!

I've only been with PCF since July (or maybe it was June--I forget), but since I came on board we've been working hard on stability and honing the feature set. Working on stability is hard because there are a near infinite number of combinations of library versions, video card drivers, operating systems, ... out there and all of them are slightly different. Writing software that works on multiple platforms is non-trivial. It's a huge testament to the community of users and testers and developers that Miro is at the point it's at now.

One thing about 1.0 that I want to mention is that this is a snapshot in time of a continually evolving piece of software. If you look at Bugzilla, there are dozens of interesting features that we're all interested in that range from starting Miro as a daemon process to viewing video as it's downloading.

Chris, Nick and Ben are working on post-1.0 development already. There's been discussions on the develop mailing list regarding reworking the user interface to use native widgets and make it much faster and more responsive. Paul is continuing work on the Miro Guide. Janet is working on making community testing easier for everyone involved and produce better testing data. I'm switching off to work on Mediabar. Dean and the Team Miro folks are working on honing the documentation and they're doing a fantastic job of testing and identifying issues for release candidates and versions.

Miro development is moving along and its momentum is a direct result of us all working towards a common goal: building an Internet video player using Open Source and open standards that will enable the current generation of media content to flourish.

One other thing I want to mention is that we ditched the conflicts between the miro package and the sun-java*-plugin packages for Gutsy and Feisty. The problem between the packages still exists and it's intermittent, but several conversations with people caused me to rethink adding the conflicts. So this doesn't fix anything--it's just trading one set of problems for another, however I've come around to agree that the conflict is more of a pain in the ass than occasional intermittent crashes.

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