Somehow Rygel seems to have gained some interest by users lately, a number of new users show up on mailing list, IRC and Bugzilla. But it seems there are some misinformations flowing around:
Rygel is a UPnP server
Well yes, that’s how it started out. But since then, we’ve evolved to be a UPnP/DLNA framework or even SDK providing easy means of implementing servers and renderer.
Speaking of renderer, we not only have one renderer to offer but actually a multitude. Rygel is a consumer of the MPRIS2 D-Bus specification which means it can turn any player, like Banshee or Rhythmbox, which implements this specification into a UPnP/DLNA media renderer.
Rygel is Gnome-only
While being part of Gnome, using its infrastructure, there’s no reason not to use Rygel as a system service. You might, however, experience some minor drawbacks since some of the plug-ins heavily make use of D-Bus. People already have contributed init scripts to ease this part.
Rygel is badly documented
Hm, yes. That one is actually true. Its documentation is a bit scattered in our wiki at http://live.gnome.org/Rygel and the man-pages. On the other hand we hope that Rygel working out of the box for most people out there.
Hope that sheds some light.
Ps: Hello Planet Gnome! Great to be here finally.