[mythtv-users] Re: excellent review of mythtv vs. MCE
Joseph A. Caputo
jcaputo1 at comcast.net
Thu Sep 16 12:48:37 EDT 2004
On Thursday 16 September 2004 11:36, Gavin Hurlbut wrote:
> Paul Hyui <phyui at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > at anandtech
> > http://anandtech.com/linux/showdoc.aspx?i=2190
> > http://anandtech.com/linux/showdoc.aspx?i=2208
> I found that "review" to be quite flawed. Choosing to use SuSE the
> first time around was boneheaded for a review. He should have gone
> with something more commonly supported and documented (Knoppmyth,
> Fedora Core 1, Debian to name a few).
> And then choosing not to use PVR-250 in the second run makes it
> comparing apples and oranges anyways.
Read it again; in Part 2 he priced out a system with 2 WinTV Go cards,
but then notes that the PVR-250 based system was used in the actual
comparison. It definitely confused the issue, though.
> Some of his remarks were so off-base it's not funny. Blaming Myth
> for him not reading the docs well enough is how it came across to me.
> And he should have included the user support part of it. Myth has
> the mailing list, IRC channel, and numerous wikis and forums
> (official or not).
Yep. But then, I find that to be typical of this sort of review. I
imagine that reviewers think they're maintaining impartiality by not
having a dialogue with the product developers, but when that extends to
the point of getting basic facts wrong, it just does a disservice to
consumer and vendor/developer alike.
> He also didn't state (that I saw) which version of MythTV he was
Right. Probaby 0.15.1, I'd guess.
> There was no *quantatative* comparison (i.e. CPU usage using the same
> hardware, etc) that I could see.
> On the whole, I found it totally disappointing.
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