Updates: platform, iHama theme, slideshow

A bunch of Amahi updates today, finxing a variety of relatively small issues.

updates

One of them (in the platform) has been outstanding for a while and it was very annoying. Thanks to Mitch Davenport for contributing it and Steve Sennett for helping us nail this one by providing a reproducible environment to debug and fix it.

  • platform 0.92:
    • Fix issue where a dvd mounted could cause the setup screen to show as an error. Unfortunately, the fix is not a great solution and it may break again in the future. The problem is when mounted disks have special characters in the name, apparently, Linux reports them escaped in /etc/mtab (like a space is \040), which means the file we try to find is not found
    • Fix install scriplet failure to use full path
  • iHama theme 1.1:
    • Fix some CSS styling issues with application tables
    • Fix size of the thumbnail to be the standard 64×64
  • slideshow 0.26:
    • Better support for PicLens
    • Render the MediaRSS feed and the slideshow in alphanumerical order, so the pictures show in the order in which the directories show
    • Ignore image files whose name starts with a dot (Mac OS X generates lots of these for its own thumbnails)

As usual, the theme and the app need to be clicked (installed) in the MyApps page, to pick up the updates.

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Announce: new theme “iHama”

Hi all, We’re happy to announce a new theme, called iHama!

  • Version 1.0, Thanks to Gerald Wluka!
  • Gray, soft, theme
  • Smooth, easy going, Australian. Try it ‘mate!

Should be in your Amahi HDA already!

iHama Theme

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Updates: platform software, pba

updates
We have released version 0.91 of the platform software to fix some HTML formatting issues we came across while developing a new theme.

As part of this, we realized that the PBA icon does not have a transparent background, so we’re releasing that too, as version hda-app-pba-0.21.

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Newsletter No. 6 – New Web Site, New Apps, New Users

In this newsletter

  • New Amahi Web Site
  • Platform Improvemens
  • News on Applications

 

Amahi Linux Home Server

New Amahi Web Site

In this newsletter, we’re happy to announce the launch of our fresh new web site!

http://www.amahi.org

As our user base expands rapidly to several hundred existing users and into the thousands, the web site has been enhanced for a better user experience and to help existing as well as prospective users quickly answer questions about Amahi. Here are some of the new features:

  • Very handy custom search engine at the top to search for Amahi-only topics in the wiki, FAQ, blog and more, powered by Google
  • New, two-level, menu structure, with easier navigation across the entire site
  • Revamped features page, with a new features gallery, new technology overview and community sections
  • New wizard to configure your own HDA(s) within seconds, and most importantly, without sending emails. How’s that for instant gratification!
  • An area for latest news in the front page

We’re very excited about this new web site, as it provides us a way to start adding cool new features that our users want and we hope all users will find useful!

A number of people provided great help and feedback to get this new web site up and running, including Gerald, who did most of the work to get it going, Ash, Greg, Guy, Luke, Mayte, and a few others!

Many thanks to everyone!!

We continue to improve in the rankings for our area and keep on increasing our daily visitor traffic, which keeps driving new user adoption every day. We have great feedback all the time!

Platform Improvements

Amahi is based on Linux, and it provides a platform on which rich web applications can be deployed.

This platform has been improved tremendously in terms of performance, stability and features in recent times.

We are actively working on the API and recruiting developers to develop more applications. We have a theme engine, and we now have one theme deployed and two others in the making that fully utilize it!

The new theme, conceived by a designer, Alvin Lai, and implemented by cooperation of several Amahi enthusiasts can be seen in this link.

News on Applications

As most of you know, we believe applications are the cornerstone of the Amahi Linux Home Serever.

There are a few applications available, some of them demo apps designed to showcase what the platform can do and some of them already very useful.

The one application that has improved a lot is “slideshow”. This application now advertises Media RSS feeds along with the picture pages. Thanks to that, one can use the amazing browser plug-in called PicLens to see all your pictures in a truly amazing way.

PicLens is a browser plugin that lets you see your pictures in a 3-dimensional immersive “wall” that you can navigate with amazing ease. In fact it’s so immersive, some people get dizzy while browsing their picture collection!

In our family we found we have (somehow) accumulated over 10 _thousand_ pictures over the years. We had no idea we had so many. With PicLens, we were able to fly through all the pictures and enjoy them in a way we had not experienced before, not even with desktop apps!

PicLens can be used to see Flickr albums, Google images, YouTube videos and a host of other sites with the same experience!

More to Come

We have several other apps that have improved over time and have new features coming, one new theme coming this week (maybe more), and many other news in the pipeline …

We’d like to give thanks to our enthusiast users, who keep us going, with ideas, patches, themes, and some bits of patience as the platform comes together!

Lots of new things in the horizon for Amahi! You can see all that we have been up to in our blog. We’ll keep you posted of future news there also!

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New web site launched!

We’re happy to announce the launch of our new and improved web site!

This new web site (small screenshot below) features the following juicy new enhancements:

  • Very handy custom search engine at the top to search for Amahi-only topics in the wiki, FAQ, blog and more, powered by Google
  • New, two-level, menu structure, with easier navigation across the entire site
  • Revamped features page, with a new features gallery
  • New technology overview section with a brief overview of the technology in this Linux-based home server, how to get the code, etc.
  • New wizard to configure your own HDA(s) within seconds, and most importantly, without sending emails. How’s that for instant gratification! This will cut installation time by at least a few minutes :-)
  • New budding section on community, how to get involved, credits, and a bit about us.
  • An area for news in the front page, and a whole easy to search news area
  • … and and nice little footer with some handy links to this blog, the wiki, the FAQ and the rest of the standard stuff you see on most web sites

We’re very excited about this new web site, as it provides us a way to start adding new features that we hope you find useful!

A number of people provided great help and feedback to get this new web site up and running, including Gerald, who did most of the work to get it going!, Ash, Guy, Luke, Mayte, Greg, and a few others!

Many Thanks!!

Click on this mini screenshot and it will take you there!

New Amahi Home Page

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