[mythtv-users] New direction...I would like to build a better mouse
(Bill G.) trap.
jman at neonramp.com
Fri Nov 19 15:39:05 UTC 2004
I am sure every one has seen this on Mythtv.org
"MythTV is a homebrew PVR project that I've been working on in my spare time. It's been under heavy development for two years, and is now quite useable and featureful."
How much of this project operates under the auspice of home brew when Tribune Media Service provides guide info for all to use? Lets face it, TMS is a large corporate media player.
Put some pieces together:
1. Companies need test bed to operate development
2. Companies need control in both the development and investment to protect against loss due to competition.
3. To control competition in GPL steerage is needed (tv_grab_XXX)
I have noticed that in previous releases there were many other tv_grab_s and now they seem to have coalesced to just a few. The forces of the media are large and I am sure would love to help steer this project to maintain further control.
Don't get me wrong, for the limited very few percentage of Mythtv-box users this is a great appliance (expensive to end users-no cost solution to corporate developers) for entertainment and just to geek around with. What I think is happening is that open source has lost it's broad scope of development to companies like TMS who help funnel development (constrict) that favors their goals.
It is obvious. I don't object to corporate involvement, I believe much (MUCH) can come of it however, alot can be lost.
I have to ask, how much involvement does TMS have in the "Induce Act"?
The "Induce Act" act is better described here http://www.savebetamax.org/
Another obvious question, how much Mythtv is there in Cox's DVR solution(General Instruments)? These companies have to have a piece of the open source community! Out of control and the consequences could be huge.
All this for what.
I what to deploy something that could better small business by using Mythtv. It is further from reach, I believe, because of corporate enhancements that actually steer, limit or plain old plug me into one way.
Bill knows this infection in the open Source Community only makes MS-Linux a more viable product offering. There is no egg on Microsoft's face if the transition of profit moves from Windows to Linux. The fact that the corporate community helps steer The Open Source Community further exacerbates a problem that open source was meant to relieve.
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