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Old 11-10-2005, 05:09 PM   #46
lefty.crupps
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I am just trying to answer the original question, and I skipped all the fights so if I am repeating someone, I am sorry.

A distro that works for multimedia?

I run Mepis 3.3.2 (debian-based, and it does work for all of my hardware) and got the new Repo sources from www.mepislovers.com and I am just taking things from the Testing branch. Everything works for multimedia that I have tried, although I've not tried any television stuff. KDEtv might work there, no idea.
 
Old 11-14-2005, 02:37 AM   #47
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I just saw this:
Quote:
Complains about there being no /dev/video0 device and refuses to load
Could that be the problem? Create the node with
# mknod -m666 /dev/video0 c 81 0
(I don't know what the recommended permissions are, 666 - rw for all - at least won't give you any permission problems.)
 
Old 11-15-2005, 06:07 AM   #48
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Hey ptay,
are you still there?


I stumbled across this webpage, dedicated to getting DVB to work on linux. (so somebody out there must have it working!)

You've probably already been on this page already, but if you haven't, I hope it helps:


http://www.linuxtv.org/
 
Old 11-18-2005, 01:07 AM   #49
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conclusions

My conclusions about Linux and Digital TV so far are:

1/. There is no digital TV ready distro.

2/. Not likely to be one for some time.

3/. Very few people interested in Linux and digital TV, except a few hackers.

4/. Too many (broken) distros, created by people who just want to get in on the act and get their name up in lights, rather than produce anything useable. Its getting completely out of hand.

5/. Too much chaos.

6/. Being caught between Linux and Windows is like being between a rock and a hard place, or perhaps up the creek without a paddle!

I cannot imagine that Free Software Foundation guru Richard Stallman approves of all these me-too distros and the current state of affairs. It would be interesting to find out.

There might be some hope for the future though. There is a new release of Minix (Minix 3), a fully micro-kernel based Unix from Andrew Tanenbaum. There is also the Hurd, another micrkernel Unix project started by the FSF and based around the L4 microkernel.
Finally there are the BSD's. These are complete "distros" in themselves, and seem to be fully functional. Lets hope they don't get afflicted by forking mania. If only they had Digital TV support! Ho hum.
 
  


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