[mythtv-users] Thin client frontend

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Fri Sep 24 18:00:25 UTC 2010

On Friday, September 24, 2010 11:42:17 am Raymond Wagner wrote:
>   On 9/24/2010 13:04, Brian Wood wrote:
> > On Friday, September 24, 2010 10:53:37 am Mike Perkins wrote:
> >> Raymond Wagner wrote:
> >>>   On 9/24/2010 12:15, Mike Perkins wrote:
> >>>> Michelle Dupuis wrote:
> >>>>> The Shuttle XS35GT-804  looks interesting!  Does it have enough power
> >>>>> to run
> >>>>> myth properly?
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> I also worry about putting a 500gb disk into a unit with only passive
> >>>>> cooling...sounds like a recipe for cooking a disk
> >>>> 
> >>>> If it's a thin client... it shouldn't have a hard drive in it. A thin
> >>>> client is booted off a USB stick or a Compact Flash card or over the
> >>>> network.
> >>>> 
> >>>> Try http://minimyth.org/ for the appropriate software to run on a thin
> >>>> client front end.
> >>> 
> >>> Of course if it actually were a thin client, you wouldn't be running
> >>> MythTV on it.  You would install Xorg and a sound server, set up
> >>> forwarding, and run the frontend on some central system.
> >> 
> >> Been there, tried that. Don't think it can be done because you couldn't
> >> transfer the video data fast enough. Mythfrontend has a lot of smarts
> >> and needs to be near the hardware it's using. Minimyth works extremely
> >> well in that respect.
> > 
> > Of course if anyone knows otherwise, I'd LOVE to hear about it.
> With AIGLX, OpenGL can now be pumped over a remote X session.
> Colorspace conversion and scaling would be done server side (on the
> client), so you would be sending raw YUV video.  That's 630Mbps for
> 720p60 and 710Mbps for 1080i60.  Not trivial, but certainly in the realm
> of possible.  Being able to send one HD video stream per network link
> would not be very practical.

Certainly better than zero streams per link.

Thanks, I'll look into it.

> VDPAU and the like are all direct rendering, meaning they cannot be
> proxied through X over the network.

I knew that wasn't possible, happy to hear I didn't miss something obvious.

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