[mythtv-users] old kernel support and cle266 (was: Lirc - ARGH!)

mardin01 at gmx.de mardin01 at gmx.de
Wed Feb 11 08:14:46 EST 2004

Hi Axel and mythtv users, 
I have this problem too ... using a M10kB Bord from VIA ... great hardware
but very bad software (driver) 
support (very slow reaction on changes like kernel / distri) from VIA ... 
... I think if they will sell something in future this should be much better
... I think NVIDEA has found the right way (if not giving real open source
drivers) with their binary 
drivers ... but real kernel independent ... 
Greating from germany 
> On Wed, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:59:53AM -0600, Gabe Knuth wrote: 
> > [root at localhost]# apt-get install lirc-kmdl-$MYKERNEL 
> >  
> > Reading Package Lists... Done 
> >  
> > Building Dependency Tree... Done 
> >  
> > E: Couldn't find package lirc-kmdl-2.4.20-8 
> As Jarod wrote, that kernel is not supported anymore. In general for 
> older RH I support two kernels, one from RH and one modified ATrpms 
> version (with i2c/v4l,xfs etc.). 2.4.20-8 has also some known security 
> issues. 
> On Wed, Feb 11, 2004 at 12:55:44AM -0800, Jarod C. Wilson wrote: 
> > His kernel is 2.4.20-8, which is the kernel shipped on the Red Hat  
> > Linux 9 isos (non-boxed version; that had 2.4.20-6 kernels). He's using 
> > that because it allows him to use VIA's cle266 binary drivers. The  
> > corresponding kernel-source rpm should be installed from the discs. 
> That is of course unfortunate. Can't these binary drivers be used with 
> later kernels? For example with a wrapper like nvidia does?  
> With a strong mythtv community as it has evolved, shouldn't it be 
> possible to post requests to VIA to fix this? I see that they already 
> allow vendors/resellers to use the code, and they do seem to try to 
> build the modules for a lot of different distributions. 
> After all, they want to sell something, so they should make usage a 
> bit easier ;) 
> --  
> Axel.Thimm at physik.fu-berlin.de 

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