shane at hathawaymix.org
Fri Mar 31 13:50:38 MST 2006
Michael Halcrow wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 31, 2006 at 01:00:24PM -0700, Shane Hathaway wrote:
>>Are you using Gentoo? Gentoo smooths out the rough edges in MythTV,
>>because the types of tweaks I've had to do don't lend themselves
>>well to a binary distribution.
> Would it figure out on its own that I have both a pcHDTV-3000 card and
> a PVR-250, and then automatically use the more compatible tveeprom
> modules that ships with the kernel instead of the one that ships with
> the IVTV driver, otherwise it will default to the better tested (for
> the PVR-250) tveeprom shipping with the IVTV driver? Forgive me for
> being a bit skeptical on that point. If Gentoo does get that right by
> default, then I will be impressed.
No, but once you've selected the right USE flags and stability options,
choices like this persist across upgrades, and that's the real time
saver. I had a similar problem, and in this case, I only needed to
choose the development version of IVTV rather than the stable version,
by putting "media-tv/ivtv" in /etc/portage/package.keywords. The
development version builds only the ivtv module, while the stable
version builds many modules that conflict with 2.6.15.
> Honestly, if I were to want to rebuild my machine to use 64-bit
> binaries, I would be very tempted to make the switch to Gentoo. But as
> long as I'm in 32-bit land, it's going to take a lot to get me away
> from Debian w/ Marillat.
I'm not going to say you should switch to Gentoo. Use what's
comfortable. Personally, I find Gentoo quite comfortable.
Incidentally, I recently switched my desktop to 64 bit after running 32
bit for a year. Everything is as stable as before AFAICT. Only one
slight problem: I have to run a 32 bit browser to visit
homestarrunner.com and video.google.com, because the Flash plugin is
only available in 32 bit. I'm waiting for Gnash.
> Yup; that's exactly how I have mine set up. Of course, with a few
> hundred gigs of disk space to spare, it would take more hours of
> television to fill up my partition than time I have outside of work
> and grad school to watch anything.
The time stretch playback feature helps.
> And MythTV can be configured to stop recording once the free space in
> a partition reaches a certain low-point.
True. I haven't tried that option.
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