[mythtv-users] Zap2It fiasco - what can we as users do?

David Brodbeck gull at gull.us
Tue Jun 26 23:08:49 UTC 2007


On Jun 26, 2007, at 3:35 PM, Dean Collins wrote:
> When you consider the massive 'ecosystem' of users/partners and  
> developers that the Asterisk open source community has built up  
> around itself MythTV is actually doing pretty poorly (considering  
> they both started off around the same time).

Actually, that's an interesting point, because it's partly a *result*  
of the Zap2It Labs situation.  Think about it.  A lot of the  
community development in Asterisk has happened because companies  
creating commercial products with it needed some new piece of  
functionality, and were willing to pay coders to write it.  The non- 
commercial nature of the agreement with Zap2It precluded commercial  
development of MythTV appliances, so we haven't seen that sort of  
involvement.

Asterisk still has ownership issues, though.  It's largely useless  
without one key piece of hardware -- the Digium TDM card.  Only  
Digium really knows how to write drivers for that card, and the  
Asterisk community is highly dependent on them to fix bugs and add  
features.  If Digium decided to get out of that business Asterisk  
would be little better off than we are right now with Zap2It Labs  
closing up shop.

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