[mythtv-users] Barebone myth tv nodes?
myth at sixtimesnine.net
Sat Aug 20 15:34:44 UTC 2005
myth joe wrote:
>>>If anyone does't know about them, they might take a look at
>>>logicsupply.com . They have ide flash memory modules that plug directly
>>>into an IDE connector starting at $51 dollars for a 256MB version. Of
>>>course if you don't know how to build a Linux system so it never mounts
>>>a partition rw, other than during development, then I can't really
>>>recommend it. (Flash memory devices have a finite number of read write
>wouldn't using the minimyth distribution solve the problem of properly
>mounting a flash device? I haven't tried it.
I just built a MiniMyth frontend on an EPIA M10K. It was up and running
in about 20 mins plus about half an hour for tweaking settings etc.
I really can't recommend this enough. It has full Unichrome support so
you get H/W acceleration of MPEG. Since my b/e has a PVR250 that means
that live and recorded shows hardly scratch the CPU. It's so easy to set
up and has everything you need including a basic telnet server and X VNC
so you can play with the node remotely if need be.
Basically (for those who don't know) you get a kernel, a root file
system image compressed with cramfs and a config file. All you need is a
dhcp server and a tftp server. The client grabs the kernel and rootfs
image and boots the kernel and mouts the filesystem as a RAM disk. The
config file controls the setup of each client setting things like lirc
driver, locations for video / music etc.
If you're thinking of netbooting frontends head on over to linpvr.org
and check it out.
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