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Version 1.6.0-rc2 Development Preview Released

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We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.6.0 Release Candidate 2 (Codename “Pons-Winnecke”) is released. This is a release candidate for the first stable 1.6 release, 1.6.0. This should NOT BE USED IN PRODUCTION.

This is a bug fix release that resolves issues found in the Release Candidate 1. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has tested Xibo and reported problems.

The 1.6.0-rc1 Windows Display Client should be used with this release and an updated RC2 Ubuntu Client is provided on the project page.

The release notes are available in the manual here and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.6/1.6.0-rc2.

Support for Ubuntu 12.04

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Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions we get over on Launchpad Answers is “Does the Python client run on Ubuntu 12.04 yet”.

Until the release of 1.6.0-rc1, the answer has always been no. However thanks to the work of several contributors to the Berkelium project, Eng Chong Meng, and to Jianjian, we now have a version of the client that runs on Ubuntu 12.04 and hopefully has the pesky text rendering bugs from the 1.4 series client resolved.

If you have an Ubuntu 12.04 32 bit PC you’d like to install the client on, please see the getting started guide in the manual.

Since Ubuntu 10.04 is no longer officially supported by Canonical, we’ve dropped support for it from the Python client installer as of version 1.6.0-rc1. However, there’s no reason that if you’re otherwise happy with 1.4.2 on Ubuntu 10.04 that you can’t upgrade to 1.6.0 by the following method:

  1. Open a terminal
  2. cd /opt/xibo/pyclient
  3. bzr pull lp:xibo/1.6

That will update your installed client to version 1.6.x (whatever the latest 1.6 release is at the point you run the command). It will replace your libbrowsernode.so file in the client directory with a version that’s not compatible with Ubuntu 10.04.

To resolve that, issue the following command in the terminal:

  1. cd /opt/xibo/pyclient/client/python
  2. cp /usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/libavg/libbrowsernode.so.0.0.0 libbrowsernode.so

You should then be able to run the client as normal.

Going forward, the Berkelium project has now been abandoned in favour of Chromium Embedded Framework. If you have the skills to port libbrowsernode to use Chromium Embedded Framework instead of Berkelium then please get in touch as we feel that’s where this client’s future lies.

Version 1.6.0-rc1 Development Preview Released

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We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.6.0 Release Candidate 1 (Codename “Pons-Winnecke”) is released. This is a release candidate for the first stable 1.6 release, 1.6.0. This should NOT BE USED IN PRODUCTION.

The Xibo Team have been hard at work over the last year to enhance and improve the successful 1.4 series of Xibo. We have gone through 3 development preview releases in our 1.5 series and enhanced the CMS (content management system – Xibo Server) and the 2 display clients with a host of new features and improvements.

  • A new manual
  • A new HTML 5 preview in the CMS
  • A theme engine for the CMS, along with a new default theme
  • A new file upload tool for uploading multiple files at the same time
  • A CSV importer for DataSets
  • Ticker based DataSets and improvements to the features on Ticker Items
  • An updated text editor
  • Embed a simple Clock or Date using the Text Media Items
  • General improvements to the presentation in the CMS
  • Started to switch to PDO for future support on other databases
  • CMS support for Transitions in the Ubuntu Client
  • Many bug fixes
  • and much more!

The release notes are available in the manual here and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.6/1.6.0-rc1.

New Content in the Xibo Layout Exchange

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We’ve added new layouts to the Xibo Layout Exchange today, contributed by various Xibo users world wide. They’re royalty free to use on your Xibo Digital Signage System, so have a look and see if they can help you make your layouts sing!

Head over to the Layout Exchange!

Typhoon Haiyan – Spread the word

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This is a repost from Dave Haynes Blog on Sixteen:Nine.  We would encourage any Xibo Digital Signage users to take the free content below and help spread the word on your digital signage.

Typhoon Appeal


“In a little more than 24 hours we have turned around great 15-second creative spots for digital signage and digital out of home networks in multiple countries, all driving donations to national Red Cross organizations that will reliably send aid to the millions affected by the nightmare typhoon that hit the Philippines.

We’ve got spots for the US, Canada, the UK (coming today) and even the undamaged parts of the Philippines, including Manila. We have different orientations and for Canada, we have French and English versions!

What we now need are networks to step forward and run the spots. These will work on ad networks, corporate networks, pretty much anything with a video window.

If you are an industry association, please let your members know they can find the ads here or on the portal site, http://www.doohgood.com/typhoon-haiyan. I contacted one industry association Monday (won’t shame them), but more than 24 hours, no response. Zip.

Honestly, I’d be embarrassed if I was a member.

Associations have mailing lists that can get a request around to a lot of people quickly. If you need narrative, send me a note. I’ll write it.

If you are a display or software vendor, let your end users know.

All this great work by creative teams only works if it gets on screens. They stepped up in a brilliant way. Your turn. Please.

If you are running them, let me know.

You can can sit and look at the pictures and video coming back from places that were all but blown and washed away, and shake your head. Or you can take a few minutes and try to make a bit of a difference by driving donations. If you do, thank you.”

 


Version 1.5.2 Development Preview Released

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We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.5.2 (Codename “d’Arrest”) is released, this is a feature and bug fix release in the 1.5 Series of Xibo.

Note: This is a development preview release of Xibo. This release is working towards the release of Xibo 1.6.0, the next stable line of Xibo. This should NOT BE USED IN PRODUCTION.

The highlight of this release is Phase 1 of a move to PDO which will make Xibo more secure and portable – for more information about this please see our PDO article. This release also includes a number of bug fixes and stability improvements. This will be the last feature release in the 1.5 series as we feel the improvements made in 1.5.0, 1.5.1 and 1.5.2 warrant a new stable series – we will now be working towards a 1.6.0 release candidate!

The release notes are available on our Wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Release_Notes:1.5.2 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.5/1.5.2.

Version 1.5.1 Development Preview Released

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We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.5.1 (Codename “d’Arrest”) is released, this is the release in the 1.5 Series of Xibo.

Note: This is a development preview release of Xibo. This release is working towards the release of Xibo 1.6.0, the next stable line of Xibo. This should NOT BE USED IN PRODUCTION.

The highlights for this release are a new file upload widget, improvements to DataSets, CSV import, centrally parsed tickers and numerous bug fixes. For a complete list of changes and instructions for trying out this preview, please refer to the release notes.

Please note: This is a CMS only release and the 1.5.0 clients should be used with it.

The release notes are available on our Wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Release_Notes:1.5.1 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.5/1.5.1.

Become a Support Hero!

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Using Xibo? Know your way around it well? Could you spare a few minutes each day to help others in the community and give something back?

As Xibo has become more popular, the number of support requests in Launchpad Answers has rocketed, to the point that the two main developers (Dan and Alex) just can’t answer every request ourselves. It takes time to replicate each person’s setup to see if the problem is general, or something local to that installation. That’s where we need the most help.

To those who do already help out with Answers, our sincere thanks. By freeing our time from answering support requests, you’re actively assisting new code for Xibo to be written and new features to be incorporated faster.

If you think you could lend a helping hand to those just starting out with Xibo, or to those who are exploring some of the more complex feaures, you can help in the following ways:

  • Sign up to be a Xibo Answers Contact. Sign in with your Launchpad ID, or create an account if you don’t have one. With this option you’ll receive email when there is activity in Launchpad Answers for Xibo.
  • Or, if you don’t want the email, drop by Launchpad Answers from time to time. Questions shown as “Open” or “New” are awaiting a response so dive in if you think you can help.

We know some of the documentation for Xibo isn’t great, and that generates a fair amount of the traffic we’re seeing in Launchpad Answers at present. We were very lucky to be contributed a compiled “manual” for Xibo, which brings together all the existing Xibo documentation in to one place. We’re currently working on getting that updated, integrated and release ready for 1.6 series of Xibo and beyond.

If you have any queries or need help getting registered as an Answers contact, feel free to contact me at alex@xibo.org.uk

Version 1.5.0 Development Preview Released

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We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.5.0 (Codename “d’Arrest”) is released, this is the release in the 1.5 Series of Xibo.

Note: This is a development preview release of Xibo. This release is working towards the release of Xibo 1.6.0, the next stable line of Xibo. This should NOT BE USED IN PRODUCTION.

The highlights for this release are a new CMS theme, a theme engine and numerous bug fixes. For a complete list of changes and instructions for trying out this preview, please refer to the release notes.

The release notes are available on our Wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Release_Notes:1.5.0 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.5/1.5.0.