PulseCaster 0.9 released!

It says… It says, uh… “Virgil Brigman back on the air”.

The Abyss, 1989 (J. Cameron)

OK, I feel slightly guilty using a cheesy quote from James Cameron for this post. But not as guilty as I feel for leaving development of this tool to hang out so long.

That’s right, there’s a brand new release of PulseCaster available out there — 0.9 to be exact. There are multiple fixes and enhancements in this version.

(By the way… I don’t have experience packaging for Debian or Ubuntu. If you’re maintaining PulseCaster there and have questions, don’t hestitate to get in touch. And thank you for helping make PulseCaster available for users!)

For starters, PulseCaster is now ported to Python 3. I used Python 3.6 and Python 3.7 to do the porting. Nothing in the code should be particular to either version, though. But you’ll need to have Python 3 installed to use it, as most Linux bistros do these days.

Another enhancement is that PulseCaster now relies on the excellent pulsectl library for Python, by George Filipkin and Mike Kazantsev. Hats off to them for doing a great job, which allowed me to remove many, many lines of code from this release.

Also, due the use of PyGObject3 in this release, there are numerous improvements that make it easier for me to hack on. Silly issues with the GLib mainloop and other entrance/exit stupidity are hopefully a bit better now.

Also, the code for dealing with temporary files is now a bit less ugly. I still want to do more work on the overall design and interface, and have ideas. I’ve gotten way better at time management since the last series of releases and hope to do some of this over the USA holiday season this late fall and winter (but no promises).

A new release should be available in Fedora’s Rawhide release by the time you read this, and within a few days in Fedora 31. Sorry, although I could bring back a Fedora 30 package, I’m hoping this will entice one or two folks to get on Fedora 31 sooner. So grab that when the Beta comes out and I’ll see you there!

If you run into problems with the release, please file an issue in Github. I have fixed mail filters so that I’ll be more responsive to them in the future.files

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