[mythtv-users] rebuttal from the linuxmce video guy

jason maxwell decepticon at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 17:13:23 UTC 2007

Good work. To me, it looks like a huge step in the right direction.

On 3/25/07, Paul Paul <paul2004 at writeme.com> wrote:
> I saw some of the comments about my LinuxMCE demo video.  Sorry if my
> voice bothered people.  But re: content of the video I have to rebut the
> claims that I in any way exaggerated the "out of the box" and plug and play
> nature.
> True, the hardware compatibility is very small.  But, if you do have
> compatible hardware, it is entirely plug and play.  Seriously, I only had to
> plug in the serial/control port on my Sharp LCD to my pc, and it detected
> the connection (by monitoring rts/cts change, or looking for new usb/serial
> devices), and kept pinging the device until it figured out what it was, and
> then started controlling it.  And I only plugged in the hauppauge pvr usb2,
> and it popped up a 'new tv tuner' device message and asked for my datadirect
> password/lineup; it even knew I automatically I lived in the U.S. and
> would use Data Direct by doing an ip2location lookup first.  After that,
> mythtv was fully configured.  Plug in a usb uirt remote dongle, hit the
> 'menu' button on the wmce remote, the tv turns on, chose media, tv, and myth
> starts, and the guide data is there.  Hit 'power' and it stops.  Hit it
> again to turn the tv off.  So you have all the stuff you need in a pvr
> without every switching to a console, editing a conf file, or doing anything
> that grandma couldn't do (after installing the software).
> Don't you feel that is a significant improvement, and a way to get MythTV
> to a much broader audience?  I think that if that happens, more companies
> will make pvr cards with good Linux drivers, and there will be more hardware
> to work with Myth.  I'll concede several points, including that the
> LinuxMCE<->Myth integration isn't complete and that my video was lousy, but
> as far as an architecture that can be built upon to make MythTV easier to
> get up and going with, I think it's a very good start.
> No, I don't have any intentions of selling hardware or trying to
> commercialize LinuxMCE and, personally, oppose it since the whole reason I
> forked this from Pluto was that being commercial they were too busy taking
> care of their "paying" clients to concern themselves with the needs of the
> foss community.  And as far as it being simply a 'renamed' Pluto, it took me
> over 3 months of working on it at least 50 hours a week plus the help of
> several others to get  it to run on a standard distro, like Ubuntu.  So it
> wasn't just a trivial fork.  And the PNP functionality to get the PVR card
> going was my own addition.
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