Video of our Talk at RMLL 2013

Faster than expected: here is the video of our talk at RMLL 2013. As mentioned in the last post, GeekShadow and I talked a little shorter. We registered for 40 minutes but ended up with about 20 minutes. Enjoy!

RMLL 2013 Wrap-up

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I’m sorry I am a little late with this blog post, but first I had to catch up a bit of sleep after the RMLL. Because we didn’t sleep too much. Today I worked the whole day hard on the new version of the website. I even livestreamed it. I will do more streams this week, look out for tweets from @GetNightingale (which will be a lot more active now, because I’ve got the password).

Over the weekend there was an event from the RMLL called “the grand public weekend”. It was a few tables arranged as a U around a big Tux-Ballon. The first thing we did, was putting a Nightingale Sticker on it.9278922554_4d87c17fc3_o_rc

Afterwards we were hanging out at the Mozilla booth and inspecting the other booths. We is me (freaktechnik) and GeekShadow.

During the week we were always at our own booth. We spoke to a lot of people and handed out a lot of stickers. If you still haven’t got a sticker, you can now download the template from our branding Github repo. I also crashed Nightingale at least once a day, but I guess that’s related to my OS and not Nightingale. Even tough I insisted on talking English (GeekShadow would talk French if people didn’t understand English), I still learned some French. the best part was visiting other booths and collecting stickers and other goodies. Or getting gifted a Framazic CD. Thanks to Framasoft!

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We had our conference at the very end of RMLL 2013. The presentation was a bit longer than planned, so it was even later. There weren’t a lot of people to listen to us, but what do you expect? The number of people who said they want to try Nightingale was already unexpectedly huge. In the end we only used about half of the time we had to our disposal, but that didn’t matter. You might be able to watch the talk soon.

P.S.: here’s a picture of me, GeekShadow, some Mozillians and other guys.

Nightingale at RMLL 2013

rmllenIf you’re from Europe and are active in the Open Source scene, you might have heard of the Rencontre Mondial du Logiciel Libre (RMLL) or Libre Software Meeting (LSM) in English. This year it will be in Brussels from the 6th to the 11th of July and it will be with Nightingale.

Me (freaktechnik) and GeekShadow will be around the whole meeting. Not only will Nightingale have its own booth, we will also have a talk! The talk will be on the 11th July at 17:20 o’clock in room K3.401. We will talk about various work flows we have for the development. We may be a quite small project, but it’s still a lot of work for just a few people. We will also talk about Nightingale in general; what it is and what we hope it will be. You can find all the details for the talk on the official talk page from the RMLL.

The booth will be right next to the one of Mozilla. We will have some demos. But for people who are already familiar with Nightingale there won’t be anything exciting… We won’t have a secret prototype you can only see at our booth. But there will be stickers!

If you attend this years LSM, don’t hesitate and talk to us!

Announcing Nightingale 1.12

We’re pleased to announce that Nightingale 1.12 is finally available for download! Existing installations of the last release version of Nightingale (1.11.0) will give you the opportunity to automatically update – this will be the first time we’ve ever used our update system. It may or may not work depending on your OS, and how you have Nightingale configured. We hope everything works great, but if it doesn’t let us know, and grab a regular build.

What’s new?

Most importantly, we moved to a cleaner backend. For you, that means Nightingale is more stable; on Linux, it means you use more of your system’s own libraries. This release also brings us closer to using more recent libraries. Behind the scenes, we’re already planning the next release which will use a current xulrunner, delivering more features and performance. Such an upgrade is a very large project, and as such we could use more developers. Feel free to pitch in!

We have also cleaned up our installer for Windows, which no longer requires administrative privileges. We  moved it to a completely new backend and designed it to be much simpler from the developers’ point of view. Working in the old system was quite a pain!

Another platform specific change is LookingMan’s Unity Integration – Nightingale is now able to integrate into Gnome and Unity audio menus and notification systems, a much requested feature that we are very happy to have available for you.

Independent of your platform, there are a number of new and ported addons, some from Songbird, others from scratch. One new addon includes GeekShadow’s fixed and updated port of the SoundCloud addon, a feature any self-respecting player should have.

While we work on version 2.0, this release should last for a while. A large reson being the last big change between 1.11 and 1.12: we fixed tons of issues. From crashing issues on Windows and Ubuntu to cosmetic issues like Nightingale opening with an empty tab – this new version fixes many old issues. We have also improved the branding a bit, updated the locales and made some tweaks – read a full list of changes in the Changelog.

We hope you enjoy the new version; update or install it and enjoy some music! We’d love to hear your feedback in the forums or on the IRC channel, #nightingale on moznet. We’re always looking for testers, developers, theme makers, and users to idle in our forums and IRC, not to mention help out with the project. Feel free to join!

Spread the word – and enjoy the tune of life!

- The Nightingale Community

Your Comments Wanted! – Considering Donation Options

So far, we’ve tried to avoid ever discussing the “d” word, donations! We’ve felt that as a good project, we wanted to try to avoid having to deal with money, but it’s getting to the point where it seems inevitable. The factors involved revolve around our need for hardware, costs associated with appearing at open source conferences, and most importantly, our lack of devs – we really need a bug bounty program to get some things fixed, or if we have enough, the money to hire outside developers to help us get Nightingale to be all it can be.

Some of the ideas on the table include accepting PayPal, bitcoins, litecoins and whatever other digital currencies, and perhaps setting up an indiegogo page – which of these do you like best? Do you have any other/better ideas? If you happen to have disposable income, and would like to pledge an amount to hire a developer or setup a bug bounty, we’re of course interested in hearing from you as well.

Please, tell us what you think here in the comments, in our IRC channel, #nightingale on mozdev, or on the forums.