[mythtv-users] Updated Ceton infinitv PCI-E drivers?

Gary Buhrmaster gary.buhrmaster at gmail.com
Mon Mar 22 18:10:44 UTC 2021

On Mon, Mar 22, 2021 at 3:51 PM Steve Greene <sgreene820 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Has anyone dealt with this issue?

Signing modules is slightly different for
each OS, so you likely need to look in the
various linux mint documentation and/or

Alternatively, should you choose to do
so, you can turn off secure boot until
you figure out the signing magic for mint.

To ease future issues you will likely
want to have DKMS (or alternative)
automatically rebuild (and resign) your
driver for when you update your kernel.

> Why is the Ceton module not built into the kernel at this point?

Dead company (some poor business
decisions in various attempts at a pivot
that bankrupted them, although last I
checked (a few years ago) there were
some lingering lawsuits still outstanding
(zombie lawsuits that kept rising from
the dead)), and the result is a dead
and unsupported product.

Perhaps Ceton might have eventually
considered trying to get the driver into
the kernel, but at this point they are no
more, and no one else has stepped up
to support the driver.  It should be noted
that while some Ceton staff talked about
their own Linux roots and interest (and
the card apparently runs a stripped down
instance (likely running busybox)), the
reality was that WMC/MCE was the only
market they were really in (as that was
the only platform that had a protected
path for content), so the Linux driver
was apparently never really a core offering.

If you want to be the one to support
the driver (and likely need to rewrite it
to meet the current kernel coding
standards) by all means work with the
Linux community.  If you want someone
else to do so, perhaps offer a bounty
for someone else to do that work for

There is, of course, another company
which is still selling OCUR tuners
that tend to work well with MythTV,
which is SiliconDust.  Whether buying
another tuner at this point makes sense
would depend on your use cases.

Alternatively, if you wish to stay with
Ceton as a vendor, you might consider
purchasing (on one of the "new to you"
sites) the ethernet (or USB?) Ceton
external device that uses standard
network drivers.  Last I checked (again,
a few years ago), if you had some
patience waiting for a deal you could
pick them up really cheap as people
were dropping cable (and as Win7
reached EOL people were also
EOL'ing their tuners that they had
been using with WMC/MCE).

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