Phœnix (Long time no see)

It has been more than 7 months that I have not blogged around VLC and VideoLAN.

Why? To be honest, I have been quite busy, both professionally and personally, for the best and the worst. But the truth is that, on the little free time I had, I have been lazy, once again, and this website has not been updated :)

Back! And, a contrario from the previous point, as you might have seen, I've been more active this year around VideoLAN and VLC.

Around the world

For VideoLAN, since the beginning of the year, I've been around in France, in Belgium, in Brazil, in Germany, in the USA and in Estonia. Most of the time, for conferences, but also for partnerships and meet-ups.

VDD 12

In September, I organized, with etix and Gigi, the 2012 version of the VideoLAN Dev Days. This year was a huge success, since we coupled the event with FOMS, and we invited way more multimedia people than previously.

The result:

  • there were more non-VLC developers than VLC developers at the conference,
  • the technical level was high,
  • a high number of FOSS projects were present,
  • a lot of great discussions, talks, great food and laughs...

One more time

This year, we finally released VLC 2.0.0 and the subsequent VLC 2.0.1, 2.0.2 and 2.0.3.

A lot of things were in VLC 2.0.0 and it was an interesting release, with multi-threaded decoding, new video rendering engine, new UI on Mac, and so many other important things.

However, we've had more important issues that we expected, because people using VLC have more broken machines/drivers than we thought. We are still sorting some things, and hope to get everything right for 2.1.0.

Robot Rock

As you might have seen, I have spent quite a bit of time on VLC for Android, enough to take again the project and release it :)

Of course, this is a beta, and we have a long and steep road ahead, but we know where to go. More about that in a future post.

And I hope to be able to bring a surprise on this matter too...

Harder, better, faster, stronger

Of course, I've been:

  • answering on the forum (over 23333 posts), on our mailing lists, and on IRC,
  • doing PR and community management,
  • adapting new codecs and devices for VLC,
  • discussing partnerships to get devices or software pre-releases,
  • coding on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android,
  • moderating the mailing lists, the wiki, the patchwork, the forum, the trac,
  • insulting a few morons,
  • relicensing more VideoLAN code to LGPL,
  • rewriting the Windows compilation howto,
  • modifying our website,
  • hacking on other projects, sometimes anonymously,
  • coding, talking, presenting, testing...
  • having my hair cut,
  • bored.... not!