[linux-dvb] [PATCH] Userspace tuner

Henk henk.vergonet at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 13:29:41 CEST 2007

There's also some responsibility by the users:

Users should THINK before they buy unsupported devices. If possible
buy devices that are supported by mainline.

This is the only way we can convince manufactures to contribute to the
Linux community.

On Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 01:09:19AM -0300, Daniel Fraga wrote:
>       That's the problem. While the developers discuss these things,
> the users are waiting forever. And i think that if Linux really wants
> to support well most of the devices, something should be done.
And remember: some of these developers do this in their spare time without
payment. As a user you cannot make any demands on these people.

>       Otherwise it doesn't make sense the driver development because
> when it finally is done, the device is obsolete and nobody will be
> using it. So driver development should always be as fast as possible,
> because the market (and users) won't wait for Linux developers to code
> the driver.
Also don't blame the developers, blame the companies withholding basic
information on how to program these device.

>       I know, I know, it has been done with the good will of some
> programmers, without help of manufacturers, but we should ask: so why
> programmers are doing this? What's the objective?
- Fun,
- unlock extended product features,
- long term product support.
- Freedom and ownership, a GNU/Linux system will put control in the hands
of the user.
- Technical advancement of your favorite OS.

>       If it was not by Markus' effort, I couldn't use my Xceive based
> board, so I support his initiative. And as far as I know, he's the only
> programmer working on this specific tuner.
>       To sum up: there's no time to waste. Linux needs more code and
> less discussion.
Code development in the Linux framework is basically an effort into
bringing humans together into cooperation.

I think that Markus is now tied to companies by legal agreements. So even
if differences between linuxtv and Marcus get resolved Marcus probably will
not be allowed to release source code for some of the chips discussed.

That is probably one of the reasons why there's a push for a userspace
v4l framework. And we will end up with binary userspace drivers.

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