[mythtv-users] CentOS 5.1 support

Jeff Coffler jeff-list-mythusers at taltos.com
Wed Jan 23 17:09:36 UTC 2008

On Jan 22, 2008, at 9:02 PM, Ian Forde wrote:

>> I have a mild preference of getting everything from a single vendor
>> for the system stuff (except MythTV itself).  It makes things clearer
>> of where to look if something isn't working quite right ...
> Agreed.  But the fact of the matter remains that you don't need the  
> Plus
> kernel to use firewire...

Okay, mild correction:

If you want to get everything from a "single vendor" (i.e. you have a  
preference to not use ATRPMS if you don't have to), then you must use  
the CentOS Plus Kernel if you want firewire support.

In your case, it looks like you installed the kernel support module  
for Firewire from ATRPMS, which allowed you to not use the PLUS  
kernel.  But at that point, you're not binary compatible with RHEL5  
anyway ... so unless you have a preference (as I do) of "single  
sourcing" all your changes, it doesn't really matter what you do.

I noted, by the way, that you use IVTV as well.  That guarantees that  
you'll be mucking with your kernel - the Plus kernel doesn't handle  
that either.

Note that I used to use IVTV, but dumped that in favor of the  
HDHomeRun (no drivers) and Firewire.  The combination of these two  
items let me catch ALL my content digitally (at least with Comcast),  
which results in higher quality recordings AND lower disk storage  
utilization.  IVTV MPEG2 encoding would encode (for me) to larger disk  
utilization (about 1GB / 30min of recording).  Meanwhile, firewire  
capture (for non-HD) is more around .6GB / 30 min of recording with  
clear higher quality recordings as well.  Pretty much a "no-brainer",  
if you have firewire as an option.

	-- Jeff

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