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The Rockbox project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Rockbox 3.0. This marks the first release of Rockbox since September 2005. Since then, Rockbox has changed significantly, but still remains a solid and audio-oriented firmware replacement for supported digital audio players. 3.0 is a significant improvement over 2.5, particular in the amount of targets supported. While work was underway to support the Iriver H120/H140/H320/H340 players when 2.5 was released, the code was not deemed fit for release, and hence this is the first release for these players. In addition to these Iriver players, several others are supported - see the full list below.
If you can't wait, hurry up to http://www.rockbox.org/download/ and get the release now! If you're curious about what's changed, read on for a quick summary.
Enjoy Rockbox - we enjoy making it.
Rockbox is a complete replacement for the software that drives your digital audio players. It was written from the ground up to provide a better experience than the existing software, giving you more options and putting you in charge of the player. In most areas, Rockbox far surpasses the manufacturers firmware, truly unleashing the full potential of your hardware.
See WhyRockbox for more details.
Perhaps the most fundamental change to Rockbox is not obvious to the average user. The first players supported by Rockbox decoded MP3 files using a chip specifically for this purpose. This made things a lot simpler for Rockbox, but also limited the amount of formats supported to variants of MPEG audio. Newer players don't use this approach, and as such, it was needed to expand Rockbox to do sound decoding in software on these players. This opens up the possibility of supporting a lot of different file formats, which is of course exactly what we did!
Some new things since version 2.5:
Note: If you've been using a build other than Rockbox 2.5, some of these things may be slightly different.
Before you upgrade, you should save your current settings to a file, as they will be reset to the default settings when installing Rockbox 3.0. This is done through the menu "Manage Settings > Save .cfg file".
Using the RockboxUtility is the easiest way to install Rockbox 3.0. Simply run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. Make sure you stop/eject/unmount the USB disk before you unplug it. You can also download Rockbox 3.0 from http://www.rockbox.org/download/.
If you need more help, or want to use Bootbox to be able to install Rockbox to flash memory on Archos players, see the Documentation section of this document for information on where to find help for doing this.
Now load the settings you saved before upgrading. This is done through the menu (note the new location) "Manage Settings > Browse .cfg files".
Rockbox comes with an extensive manual, which can be found on the downloads page. Please read it before asking questions in the support channels. The PDF versions can be searched for keywords making it very easy to find the answer to your query or solution to your problem. As well, the FAQs linked on the left side bar can be very helpful and make explain some behavior you are noticing but not expecting. If you notice any errors in the manual, please report them to the tracker after reading the how-to at FlySprayHowto. If you would like to contribute to the manual, please see the RockboxManual wiki page.
As much as we try to avoid it, some bugs have simply not been worked out yet, and are still present in Rockbox 3.0. This is not a complete list, but covers the most important, unresolved bugs.
Rockbox is a collaborative project with many contributors:
Björn Stenberg, Linus Nielsen Feltzing, Andy Choi, Andrew Jamieson, Paul Suade, Joachim Schiffer, Daniel Stenberg, Alan Korr, Gary Czvitkovicz, Stuart Martin, Felix Arends, Ulf Ralberg, David Härdeman, Thomas Saeys, Grant Wier, Julien Labruyére, Nicolas Sauzede, Robert Hak, Dave Chapman, Stefan Meyer, Eric Linenberg, Tom Cvitan, Magnus Öman, Jerome Kuptz, Julien Boissinot, Nuutti Kotivuori, Heikki Hannikainen, Hardeep Sidhu, Markus Braun, Justin Heiner, Magnus Holmgren, Bill Napier, George Styles, Mats Lidell, Lee Marlow, Nate Nystrom, Nick Robinson, Chad Lockwood, John Pybus, Uwe Freese, Randy Wood, Gregory Haerr, Philipp Pertermann, Gilles Roux, Mark Hillebrand, Damien Teney, Andreas Zwirtes, Kjell Ericson, Jim Hagani, Ludovic Lange, Mike Holden, Simon Elén, Matthew P. OReilly, Christian Schönberger, Henrik Backe, Craig Sather, José Maria Garcia-Valdecasas Bernal, Stevie Oh, Jörg Hohensohn, Dave Jones, Thomas Paul Diffenbach, Roland Kletzing, Itai Shaked, Keith Hubbard, Benjamin Metzler, Frederic Dang Ngoc, Pierre Delore, Huw Smith, Garrett Derner, Barry McIntosh, Leslie Donaldson, Lee Pilgrim, Zakk Roberts, Francois Boucher, Matthias Wientapper, Brent Coutts, Jens Arnold, Gerald Vanbaren, Christi Scarborough, Steve Cundari, Mat Holton, Jan Gajdos, Antoine Cellerier, Brian King, Jiri Jurecek, Jacob Erlbeck, Jean-Philippe Bernardy, Dave Hooper, Jonas Häggqvist, Thom Johansen, Rinat Zakirov, Manuel Dejonghe, Marcoen Hirschberg, Michiel van der Kolk, Tony Motakis, Andy Young, Alexandre Bourget, Richard S. La Charité III, Christian Gmeiner, Tomas Salfischberger, Miika Pekkarinen, Tapio Karppinen, Richard Ottó O'Brien, Luca Burelli, Alessio Lenzi, David Bryant, Martin Arver, Alexander Spyridakis, Pedro Baltazar Vasconcelos, Ray Lambert, Dave Wiard, Pieter Bos, Konstantin Isakov, Bryan Vandyke, Hristo Kovachev, Sander Sweers, Antonius Hellman, Ryan Jackson, Per Holmäng, Frederic Devernay, José M. Fandiño, Gadi Cohen, Naftali Goldstein, David Dent, Frank Dischner, Liberman Shachar, Stephan Wezel, Alyssa Milburn, Kevin Ferrare, Anton Oleynikov, Mark Arigo, Magnus Westerlund, Jake Owen, Mustapha Senhaji, Adam Boot, Jonathan Gordon, Tat Tang, Toshihiko Itoh, David J. Song, Jeong Taek In, Anders Kagerin, Peter D'Hoye, Ben Basha, Brandon Low, Nathan Hand, Nick Lanham, Sebastian Henriksen, Martin Scarratt, Karl Kurbjun, Tomasz Malesinski, Andrew Pilley, Matt v.d. Westhuizen, Tim Crist, Jvo Studer, Dan Everton, Imre Herceg, Seven Le Mesle, Craig Bachelor, Nikolaj Christensen, Mikael Magnusson, Dominik Wenger, Henrico Witvliet, Andrew Scott, Miguel A. Arévalo, Aaron F. Gonzalez, Aleksey Kozyulin, Jani Kinnunen, Rui Marinho, Alun Thomas, Nils Wallménius, Naoaki Okazaki, Will Dyson, Matthias Mohr, Christian Marg, Eli Sherer, Fredrik Öhrn, Nicolas Pennequin, Ralf Herz, Michael DiFebbo, David Rothenberger, Robert Keevil, Mark Bright, Dominik Riebeling, Alexander Bondar, Peter Cawley, Rani Hod, Tom Ross, Anton Romanov, Jean-Luc Ohl, Steve Bavin, Marianne Arnold, Gaetano Vocca, Frederik Vestre, Wenbin Leo, Tom Evans, Ewan Davies, Frédéric François, Marc-André Moreau, Ioannis Koutoulakis, Alistair Marshall, Karl Ove Hufthammer, Víctor Zabalza, Ulrich Pegelow, Andreas Mattsson, Daniel Ankers, Paul Louden, Rainer Sinsch, Plácido Revilla, Michael Sevakis, Lukas Sabota, Emanuel Zephir, Alexander Levin, Barry Wardell, Lars van de Klomp, Philippe Miossec, Jochen Kemnade, Corry Lazarowitz, Tom Meyer, Laurent Baum, James Teh, Liam Nattrass, Christian Hack, Wade Brown, Vadim Chekan, Christopher Borcsok, Victor Cardenas, Andrew Melville, Pengxuan Liu, Andrew Cupper, Thilo-Alexander Ginkel, Adam Gashlin, Robert Kukla, David Quesada, Jared Stafford, Martin Hensel, Stéphane Doyon, Austin Appel, Andre Smith, Travis Hyyppa, Ian Webber, Pavel Gnelitsa, Lutz Böhne, Will Robertson, Robert Carboneau, Ye Wei, Bryan Childs, Mike Schmitt, Chris Taylor, Tobias Langhoff, Steve Gotthardt, Greg White, Mattieu Favréaux, Malcolm Tyrrell, Piotr Jafiszow, Gary Allen, John BouAntoun, Tomasz Mon, Jakub Matou¨ek, Albert Veli, Chris Dohan, Takashi Obara, Rene Peinthor, Roan Horning, Ben Keroack, Sean Morrisey, Shay Green, Nick Vanderweit, Simon Menzel, Timo Horstschäfer, Jacco Koning, Chris Ham, Jose Ramon Garcia, Simon Descarpentries, Douglas Valentine, Jacob Gardner, Pascal Briehl, Denis Stanishevskiy, Eddy Coman, Luke Blaney, Mark Reiche, Michal Jevjak, Philippe Latulippe, Mauricio Peccorini, Nathan Hepting, Akio Idehara, Dagni McPhee, Alex Gerchanovsky, Gerhard Dirschl, Ivan Zupan, Alexander Papst, Christoph Reiter, Rhino Banga, Paul Jones, Michael Giacomelli, Alex Wenger, Andree Buschmann, Johnathon Mihalop, Rene Allkivi, Tobias Schladt, John Zhou, Charles Voelger, Gerritt Gonzales, Dieter Pellkofer, Evgeniy Kachalin, Lenny Koepsell, Harry Tu, Pawel Wysocki, Xinlu Huang, Daniel Dalton, Boris Gjenero, Sylvain Fourmanoit, Alex Parker, Mario Lang, Justin Foell, Igor Kuzmin, Adilson Vicente Xavier, Jesse Lockwood, Jonathan Backer, Sofian Babai, Costas Calamvokis, Catalin Patulea, Peter Harley, Max Kelley, Alexander Eickhoff, Pinitnun Shanasabang, Ken Fazzone, David Bishop, Hein-Pieter van Braam, Przemysław Hołubowski, Stepan Moskovchenko, John S. Gwynne, Brian J. Morey, Stijn Hisken, Bertrik Sikken, Karim Boucher, James Espinoza, Franz Rühmland, Jordan Anderson, Maurus Cuelenaere, Chris Allegretta, Alastair S, Martin Crkovský, Ariya Hidayat, Jonas Hurrelmann, Lee Kang Hyuk, Clemens Werther, Robert Menes, Henri Valta, Melba Sitjar, Mehmet Ş. Çatalbaş, Scott Tinman, Alexander Kuzmenkov, Thomas Martitz, Prakarn Sahasoontornvute, George Tamplaru, Apoorva Mahajan, Vuong Minh Hiep, Mateusz Kubica, Frank Gevaerts, Chelo Sacristán, Sascha Wolf, Nickolay Jordanov, Johannes Voggenthaler, Marc Guay, Alex Vanderpol, Jerry Lange, Yohann Misquitta, Keith Perri, Mark Fawcus, Ivan Pesic, Marcel Barbulescu, Phil Light, Rob Purchase, Andreas Müller, Christopher Williams, Martin Ritter, Justin Hannigan, Tomasz Wasilczyk, Kenjiro Arai, John Kaminar, Joris Goosen, Mark Ganson, Davide Gentile, James Vasile, Mohamed Tarek, Mike Burke, Michael Chicoine, Maciej Adamczak, Tomer Shalev, Thibaut Girka, Rasmus Ry, William Poetra Yoga Hadisoeseno, Adrian Osoianu, Martin Pahl, Ori Avtalion, Thomas Schott, Dennis Ivanov, Takumi Suzuki, Shunsuke Shimizu, Tadayuki Nishizono, Jun Gu, Daniel Weck, Clément Pit-Claudel, Jelle Geerts, Tadeusz Pyś, Rostislav Chekan, Florin Popescu, Volker Mische, Francisco Vila
In additional to these direct contributors, Rockbox uses code from several other projects. Without these, we couldn't have done it, so we would like to thank the following teams:
The libmad team, The wavpack team, The ffmpeg team, The Ogg Vorbis team, The liba52 team, The Speex team, The libfaad team, The Doom team, The gnuchess team, The gnuboy team, The Pacman Instructional Emulator team, The Spectemu team, The libmpeg2 team, The Game_Music_Emu team, The OpenSPC DSP emulator team, The ALAC decoder team, The UCL team, The iPod Linux team, The Vision-8 Emulator team, The robotfindskitten team, The libmtp team, The asap team.
CategoryReleaseNotes: Rockbox 3.0 (released 2008-09-23)
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