MediaTomb News

Cygwin version is possible 2007-02-06

Yesterday I had some time so I did a simple test: I tried to compile MediaTomb under Cygwin. I had to make some minor adaptions to the code (already commited) and have to say that it worked out well!
I used sqlite3, id3lib, libmagic and libexif, those libraries were provided along with the Cygwin distribution. One thing is missing though: spidermonkey – libjs.

Once the 0.9 release is out we will probably prepare some easy to use win32 cygwin based binaries for Windows users.

By the way, if you are experienced with Mac OSX and would like to help us to create an image package – please contact us!

On the way to 0.9... 2007-02-05

I think it’s time for a little update. There is exactly one feature that we have to implement before the release (it is related to the autoscan functionality), after that there will be a feature freeze and we will start testing. Yes, once again we missed our targeted January deadline, so I don’t even dare to name a date :) However, this time we are really close, you can try the SVN code and see for youself.

MediaTomb on Bubba Mini Server 2007-01-27

We were hoping to launch our new designed website this week, so I was hesitant to post any news updates. However, we are so busy preparing the 0.9 release that we will have to stick with the present web appearance for now.

Here are the latest news:
Some time ago we were contacted by Excito, a company from Sweden. They developed a network attached storage device, the Bubba Mini Server and were interested in MediaTomb support. After some talks we received a unit as a gift and were able to easily compile the current SVN development version for it. I would usually use the OpenEmbedded environment for such a task, but not this time. Bubba comes with a preinstalled Debian distribution, so no crosscompiling was necessary – we simply installed gcc, all needed headers and libraries and compiled on the target. I have to admit, that it takes quite a while to compile MediaTomb on an ARM platform, but doing so is very easy and actually not any differrent than on a normal PC. MediaTomb ran just fine and we were quite impressed by Bubbas’ performance. The conclusion: there will definetely be a MediaTomb Debian package for both, ARM and x86, and certainly a version running on Bubba.

Now, some lines on the current status:
we are making good progress, most work is now being done on the UI. The missing features are displaying the current task / tasklist to tell the user what the server is doing and Internet Explorer support (the latter being a terrible nightmare). Of course we are also testing and bugfixing, allthough the major testrun is still ahead. Stay tuned.

Pre 0.9 code is only in SVN! 2007-01-18

Just to clear up some confusion: the new features presented on this page as well as the new screenhots on our SF Project Page are from the upcoming 0.9 release. Right now there are no .tar.gz packages for that, the code can only be obtained via SVN.

Special feature for the TG100 2007-01-12

Tonight we implemented a feature to workaround a bug in the TG100 - it was reported that the unit has problems when strings in UPnP browse result exceed 101 characters. You can now limit the length of title and description strings to avoid this problem.

Add the following to the <server> tag in your config file:


Please report success or failure!

SLA5520 tested 2007-01-08

More news regarding supported renderers: after some fixes we can confirm support of the Philips Streamium SLA5520.

A side note for Internet Explorer users – the current web UI does not work with IE yet. Tell us if you know a working and free javascript debugger for IE :)

First test on the ACER TV 2007-01-03

Today I had a chance to test MediaTomb with the ACER AT3705-MGW TV. It has an integrated UPnP mediarenderer – nice. I could browse our server and play content, so I guess we can add one more device to our supported devices list :>

Meet us on IRC 2007-01-02

We now have an IRC support channel on the freenode network:, #mediatomb

Feel free to join if you have questions or need help with MediaTomb.

MediaTomb for Ångström 2006-12-30

An armv5te package of the current MediaTomb development sources is now available for the Ångström distribution (Ångström unstable armv5te base feed). You will find more details on the MediaTomb Ångström package here.

Public SVN 2006-12-27

The year is about to end and there is still no release. However, this time we have something for you! We decided to move our sources to SourceForge SVN, this is working code and actually we are almost feature complete for the upcoming release. There are some minor bugs and glitches in the web UI, help and documentation are missing, a lot of testing still needs to be done – but apart from that everything should be fully usable.

We plan to go for a prerelease in the first weeks of January, a fully tested and bugfixed release should follow shortly. Those of you who feel comfortable checking out and building from SVN may want to take a look at the current status. Feedback and bug reports are welcome, however we would ask not to submit anything UI related before the prerelease.

The code should compile on Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X, a .bb metadata file for the OpenEmbedded evironment is also available.

SVN: svn co mediatomb

Remember to do a “autoreconf -i” after the first checkout, in order to generate the configure script.

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