[mythtv] BrowserBased setup

Andre mythtv-dev at dinkum.org.uk
Wed Nov 24 11:54:38 UTC 2010

On 23 Nov 2010, at 22:27, Stuart Morgan wrote:

> On Tuesday 23 Nov 2010 20:12:21 Per Lundberg wrote:
>> Has there been any discussions taking place as to what the chosen
>> platform for this would be? I'm thinking in terms of web server
>> platform (PHP, CGI, whatever).
> Built-in webserver, C++ and HTML + javascript.

Glad to hear it, I understood the whole point of making the backend configuration from web pages was simplicity and to get away from the dependency on QT. I don't see the benefit of replacing "requires QT" with "requires Flash" or "requires Silverlight", ok the "requires" is on a client not the server but still...

Lets hope the devs keep to a simple approach so we can have a backend server without any gui requirements that can be configured from just about any browser.

If it's kept simple maybe it will happen quite quickly too.


>> Personally, I'd definitely give the
>> Silverlight (or even Flash, but I have more experience with
>> Silverlight) platform my vote. It is a much nicer environment for
>> writing "real" web applications than e.g. PHP with a ton of
>> Javascript.
> No Silverlight support on linux/bsd (Moonlight is crap) and that's just the 
> start of the problems with that suggestion. The whole point of the browser 
> based setup is to be very simple, requiring the user to install and configure 
> a webserver, a runtime interpreter (php) or plugins which only work on some 
> platforms defeat this entirely. HTML + Javascript are open standards, 
> supported natively by every webbrowser and portable.
>> Anyway, regardless of the platform chosen, I think the important part
>> here is to make the setup process much more "simple". I mean, it
>> shouldn't have to be much more difficult to configure a (basic) MythTV
>> setup than to set up your regular STB, really.
> <snip>
>> It should Just Work<tm>. Like a Mac. :-)
>> (For the record, I don't even own a Mac; this is being written in
>> Iceweasel on a Debian setup)
> Requiring a browser plugin that either isn't available or working on most 
> setups is simple?
> -- 
> Stuart Morgan
> MythTV
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