[mythtv-users] What does Myth *really* require in terms ofwindowingr?

Kevin Hulse jedi at mishnet.org
Mon Aug 7 13:39:00 UTC 2006

On Wed, Jul 26, 2006 at 01:03:32PM -0400, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> On 07/26/06 12:44, Paul Wheeler wrote:
> >On 7/26/06, John Drescher <drescherjm at gmail.com> wrote:
> >  
> >
> >>One thing to that comes to mind on this discussion happens to me in my
> >>line of work a lot being that I design graphics workstations for
> >>medical imaging research. In my line of work the data set for a single
> >>reading can be 1GB to 2 GB of data that needs to be loaded and
> >>displayed on multiple ultra high resolution 2.5K x 2.0K monitors.
> >>Since the data set is soo large compared to the software size (a few
> >>megabytes) we have come to the conclusion that it's really pointless
> >>to spend any large amount of time reducing the size of the code as it
> >>is insignifigant. I believe the same applies here. How big is a
> >>typical show compared to the size of the window manager itself? For me
> >>I record at 2.2GB / hour.
> >>    
> >>
> >Ah but what about a frontend that just plays recordings with a
> >remote(different machine) backend that does all the recordings?
> >
> On my systems, XFree86 is about 150MiB (unstripped) and X.org is about 
> 256MiB (unstripped).  Therefore, assuming worst case of maybe 300MiB, 
> that's about 15 minutes of a low-quality (i.e. VCR-quality) SDTV MPEG-2 
> recording (at about 1.15GiB/hr including audio) or less than 10 minutes 
> of a medium quality recording (at about 2GiB/hr including audio).  And, 
> HDTV takes about 4-10GiB/hr (probably averaging about 7GiB/hr)  So, John 
> is exactly right.  A few megabytes just doesn't matter on a system that 
> processes multi-gigabyte recordings.
> Sure, we could make it so the backend doesn't require X (by modifying 
> Myth to use QT4, which doesn't depend on X), but why--so you can have 10 

	It makes you look like an idiot when you code a Unix server
to require a GUI. A Unix server shouldn't even need a video card. You 
should be able to install/boot/configure it with nothing more than an 
2400bps serial connection.



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