[mythtv] Whats wrong with myth
mccoyn at gmail.com
Mon Mar 21 13:53:29 UTC 2005
I like the knoppmyth approach to hardware compatibility. In thier
forum (http://www.mysettopbox.tv/phpBB2/index.php) they have a
hardware recommendation section. Its broken into three subsections,
those that work out of the box, those that work with some adjustments
and those that don't work no matter what. The nice thing about this
is it enlists the user community to share the information they have in
hopes of helping new users choose hardware.
On Sun, 20 Mar 2005 19:24:11 -0500, J. Donavan Stanley
<jdonavan at jdonavan.net> wrote:
> Brad Templeton wrote:
> >That it's a hard challenge however does not mean it's not a worthwhile one.
> >With MythTV, we could write up a description of a standardized box, dictating
> >the video card, capture cards, motherboard chipset and linux distro and saying,
> >"Here, if you buy exactly this hardware, and install everything in this big
> >package, it will work." We could even do better than that. But it's not the
> >linux way, is it? We want to run on every distro, every system but the most
> >strange. You get people saying, "I want to run myth with <bizarre card X>" and
> >we try to answer it, rather than saying, "Spend $35 and get the card people have
> >worked hard to debug on." Amazes me sometimes.
> I think there's more of a perception from the user community that we
> should make things run on "<bizarre card X>" than there is a willingness
> on our part to do so... You'll hear "get an nvidia card" a lot from the
> devs. I also actively discourage the "hey I've some spare junk hardware
> that I want to make a myth box from" people I come across because I know
> that's most likely to lead to a bad impression of myth.
> I do agree that there should be a reference platform that's guaranteed
> to work. But all of that entails a hardware certification system, and
> lots of testing which requires time and money.
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