GStreamer 1.16.0 Framework to Rolled Out

It's a cross-platform set of components for creating a wide range of multimedia applications, like media players or audio/video file converters, to VoIP apps
22 April 2019   864

After more than a year of development, GStreamer 1.16 was released. It is the C written cross-platform set of components for creating a wide range of multimedia applications, from media players and audio / video file converters, to VoIP applications and streaming systems. The GStreamer code is distributed under the LGPLv2.1 license.

Updates for the plug-ins gst-plugins-base, gst-plugins-good, gst-plugins-bad, gst-plugins-ugly, as well as the gst-libav to 1.16 is available. At the API and ABI level, the new release is backward compatible with branch 1.0. Binary assemblies will soon be prepared for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows (Linux is recommended to use packages from the distribution).

It has a lot of updates and improvements. For example, hidden subtitles support, optimization improvements and much more. Get more info at email archive

Linux 5.5 Kernel to be Released

The new version release took 2 months and it has adopted 15505 patches from 1982 developers and 44% of chages relates to device drivers
27 January 2020   207

After two months of development, Linus Torvalds introduced the Linux 5.5 kernel release. Among the most notable changes: the ability to assign alternative names to network interfaces, the integration of cryptographic functions from the Zinc library, the ability to mirror more than 2 disks in Btrfs RAID1, the mechanism for monitoring the status of Live patches, the kunit unit testing framework, the increased performance of the mac80211 wireless stack, the ability to access to the root partition via the SMB protocol, type verification in BPF.

The new version adopted 15505 patches from 1982 developers, the patch size is 44 MB (the changes affected 11781 files, 609208 lines of code were added, 292520 lines were deleted). About 44% of all the changes presented in 5.5 are related to device drivers, about 18% of changes are related to updating the code specific to hardware architectures, 12% are connected to the network stack, 4% to file systems and 3% to internal kernel subsystems.

As always, new version brought the significant number of changes and improvements, you can check them at the official mainling at the LWM.