GeeXboX is een complete standalone mediaspeler die draait vanaf een live-cd met een aangepaste Linux-versie. Na het opstarten is het programma in staat om diverse videobestanden en -streams af te spelen. Ook kan het verschillende analoge en digitale tv-kaarten aansturen, zodat je geen aflevering van je favoriete tv-serie hoeft te missen. Het programma kan via osd bediend worden, dat op zijn beurt opdrachten ontvangt van een toetsenbord of een afstandsbediening. De ontwikkelaars hebben enkele dagen geleden GeeXboX 1.2.1 uitgebracht voorzien van de volgende aankondiging:
GeeXboX 1.2.1: security-fix release
While working on 2.0 development, we managed to find a few major bugs in 1.2 release codebase. There were a major flaw in installator which may (in some cases) lead to destroy your HDD's MBR while trying to install to a removable USB key plus a few minor bugs with EeePC 701 frequency scaling and parallel port LCD driver support. It is highly recommended that you use this new version instead.
GeeXboX 1.2: 'Broadcast simultaneously one year in the future' edition
Here we finally are. Today marks GeeXboX 1.2 release that was awaited for such a long time. This is a really important step for the project, being the very latest release from the 1.x series. The 1.2 took quite a long time to emerge but brought a lot of features, the most important ones being the x86_64 architecture support and the HDTV and widescreens optimizations through X.Org inclusion. We've also added a brand new tool, called Win32 installer that allows you installing GeeXboX to your current hard-disk without need of partitionning/formatting it again. Please feel free to browse Changelogs from all 1.2 beta releases for a complete list of changes.
So again, GeeXboX 1.2 is the last version you'll see that relies on our original MPlayer OSD based blue screen user interface. Over the years (and especially last months), a lot of efforts have been made to work on the upcoming 2.x series, that will feature a complete rework of the UI, based on the ultra fast and shiny Enlightenment toolkit. We already have made very good progress on this nextgen architecture and the first 2.0-alpha1 release will probably be out in a few weeks for tests purpose. But let's get back to 1.2. This is our very latest stable release and will stay so for quite a while, until 2.0 is fully ready for use. With this release, we've done our best to please everyone in order to provide you with best video playback experience and we hope it'll keep on going.
Detailed Changelog (relative to 1.2-beta3 release):
- Upgrade to Linux 126.96.36.199.
- Use On-Demand CPU frequency scaling policy.
- Upgrade X.Org ATI driver to 6.10.0.
- Fix VCD playback issues.
- Disable GOOM audio visualization, was sucking down CPU too much.
- Fix some TV card bad color effects.
- Simplify installator partitionning step.
- Unify disk install, using GRUB on USB devices too.
- Fix a mounting issue when 2 hardware devices have the same name.
- Add support for disks with no partition table (Ex: Win32 formatted USB keys).
- Add a Win32 utility that allows installing GeeXboX to your current hard-disk without need of partitionning/formatting it again.
- Add USB network drivers to emulate a NIC.
- Fix boot issue with several CD/DVD drives.