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Photos: Browsing DLNA Servers - One step closer

Posted on 07 Jul 2014

This post is in series about my GSoC project: Browsing DLNA Media Servers in Photos. If you checked out latest GNOME 3.13.3 release, you might have observed that gnome-online-accounts now has learned to set up access to the media servers in your local network as mentioned in this blog post by mclasen. Good to see one part of the project committed in this release. I have been working for past few weeks on making this whole setup at least work and have finally able to make all of it work. I have a working media server miner that mines the...

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Disable your NVIDIA card in Linux

Posted on 29 Jun 2014

My NVIDIA graphic card on my linux box had already given me alot of pain. I couldn’t resist seeing my laptop fan going wild and my laptop going excessively hot even during normal operation. I knew that all this is due to the NVIDIA graphic card I have. Since, I do not use my graphic card much, I decided to turn my graphic card off permanently on my fedora 20 box. bbswitch module helped me alot in accomplishing this. But before using this module I had to disable the inbuilt nouveau driver for NVIDIA card that is already shipped with...

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MediaServer miner for gnome online miners

Posted on 09 Jun 2014

After a working GOA media server provider I had been working on, its the time to start mining data from the added GOA account. Though media server provides variety of media types, I am currently only considering browsing photos from the media server. Exported object on the D-Bus by the GOA daemon only provides with the UDN (Unique Device Name) and the DlnaSupported property of the media server. The DlnaSupported property tells if the media server is DLNA certified or not. This can be useful if in future we plan to integrate other types of media servers in GNOME. These...

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MediaServer Provider in gnome online accounts

Posted on 01 Jun 2014

After discussion with gnome-design team about my GSoC project viz. Browse DMSes from photos, the schedule line of the project changed slightly. Discussion with the design team concluded that the new media servers would be added in the gnome-online-accounts itself which means that I need to write a new provider for media servers in gnome-online-accounts as an addition to my earlier proposed project architecture which only included writing a miner for browsing DMSes and then using the miner from the gnome-photos application. So, I have been working on writing a new MediaServer provider currently in gnome-online-accounts. I am using GtkListBox...

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DLNA Media Server support in gnome photos

Posted on 25 Apr 2014

Photos is a wonderful application available in GNOME. Its written in C. It helps you browse all the available photos in your standard directories (home, Picture, Documents etc.). You can create new collections of photos, mark your good ones as favorites. As a part of my GSoC 2014 project under GNOME, I will be extending the code of this application to add a new feature under GNOME i.e to add the support of DLNA Media Servers. What is DLNA Media Server ? So, lets talk about what a DLNA Media Server is ? There are lot of devices these days...

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