Friday, May 27, 2011

The new Novacut brand and identity

Thanks to the inspired, visionary work of Ian 'IZO' Cylkowski, we have a stunning new brand and identity for Novacut.

To appreciate the full spender, please check out both the final Novacut identity guidelines, and the first draft (which shows the depth of background research IZO did):

A million thanks, IZO! Everyone should go to his website right now and marvel and more of his work!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Announcing dmedia 0.7 "delegate"

I'm happy to announce the 7th release of the Distributed Media Library (aka "dmedia"). At this point dmedia is really just for developers and highly adventurous end-users, but the design and implementation are both progressing quickly.

You can download the source tarball here: dmedia-0.7.0.tar.gz

Packages are available for Ubuntu Natty in the Novacut Stable Releases PPA.

What's new in dmedia 0.7

This was a slow month as I was in Budapest for two weeks for the Ubuntu Developer Summit and a bit of vacation.

The only new feature is I added the TransferManager for dispatching and managing uploads and downloads. And Bilal Akhtar reworked the Debian packaging to split dmedia into simpler components, although that's only in the official packaging, hasn't yet made is way into the internal packaging that I use for daily builds and monthly releases.

For details, see bugs fixed in the dmedia 0.7 milestone.

Special thanks

Contribute to 0.8 and beyond!

We do monthly time-based releases, always releasing on the last Thursday of the month. That means we promise to make a release on time each month, but never promise what exact features will land.

dmedia 0.8 will be released on Thursday June 30 2011, and development is already underway. To see what's in store for the next release, checkout dmedia 0.8 milestone.

That's all, folks!

Thanks to everyone who is helping make this dream a reality!

Jason Gerard DeRose

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

See you at the Ubuntu Developer Summit!

Once again, Jeff, Tara, and I will be attending the Ubuntu Developer Summit. What a crazy blur the last six months have been... can't believe it's UDS time again already!

Us Novacut folks are bringing 3 blueprints to the table:

(Big thanks to Bilal Akhtar for setting up that first one!)

While at UDS, we also have a delicious treat for everyone: we're going to unveil the beautiful, stunning brand and identity design that Ian 'IZO' Cylkowski did for Novacut. Our plan is to unveil it Tue May 10, in the evening (Budapest time), and we'll unveil it online at approximately the same time.

If you're going to be at UDS and want to chat with us about anything at all, assume we want to chat with you too, because we do! Come find us, give @novacut a mention, or email (that will go to all 3 of us, so better chance of one of us noticing). And Tara will again be doing video interviews, so if you want to be interviewed, find Tara. We have a better audio setup this time, so things should go a bit smoother.

Plus, if you can't attend in person, you can still particpate remotely. Please feel free to chime in on IRC (whether it's a session we're in or not... remote participation is open to all).

Oh, and we're going to be giving the Disributed Media Library a brutal trial by fire: we'll be using dmedia to ingest and backup all our video and audio. Last UDS we brought home nearly 500 gigs, and I expect this time will be even more. Some features (like uploading to Amazon S3) just landed in trunk, so I'll no doubt be hacking/fixing as we go... should be fun.