About 6 years ago I started working for Novell to develop Banshee into much of what it has become today. I'm quite fond its evolution, but perhaps more proud of its community. As is likely obvious, I have not been too technically involved with Banshee over the past year. The last major thing I developed to production was the Amazon MP3 store integration and downloader, which was over the summer of 2010 (and is currently bringing in a respectable amount of revenue to the GNOME foundation!); yet Banshee has kept on growing - at a fantastic and exciting rate. This is all thanks to the numerous people actively and passionately involved in the project.
We're very proud to announce the release of Banshee 1.7.3, which brings some much anticipated WebKit goodness: the Amazon MP3 Store and the Miro Podcast Directory integration. Amazon MP3 downloading is fully supported, separate from the integrated store itself. There are also a handful of other smaller new features and enhancements, and a good deal of bug fixing as well.
I woke up at 6 this morning with the urge to investigate writing an Android application. I have been a mostly satisfied user of Android ever since the G1 was first launched. I even switched to T-Mobile to get one from AT&T. The sales person at the time was confused as to why I would switch carriers to get that phone.
I've been a Linode user for around four years now, and have always run Debian, until today. Last year Linode added openSUSE 11.0 as one of the distributions available to install, and I tried it very soon after it was available. Unfortunately it could barely boot (UML related issues I assume), and without any time to poke around, I switched back to my Debian image.
After just under two weeks of hard work, I hereby present Banshee 1.0 Alpha 2!
It is my immense pleasure to announce the first preview release of the next generation of Banshee. This Banshee 1.0 Alpha 1 release is a culmination of so much work by so many awesome contributors.