[linux-dvb] linux-dvb Digest, Vol 44, Issue 60

Joe Djemal joe.djemal at btconnect.com
Sat Sep 13 10:45:11 CEST 2008

I concur with the below. I can code in quite a few languages including 
assembly languages and I asked for a pointer on where to get started with 
learning how to make a Linux driver and there was complete silence as there 
was with my previous inquiry.

Come on guys, I've been Googling but where do I start?


> Message: 5
> Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 16:28:10 +1000
> From: Paul Chubb <paulc at singlespoon.org.au>
> Subject: [linux-dvb] why opensource will fail
> To: linux dvb <linux-dvb at linuxtv.org>
> Message-ID: <48CB5D7A.3040403 at singlespoon.org.au>
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> Hi,
>      now that I have your attention:-{)=
> I believe that this community has a real problem. There appears to be
> little willingness to help and mentor newcomers. This will limit the
> effectiveness of the community because it will hinder expansion of
> people who are both willing and able to work on the code. Eventually
> this issue  will lead to the community dying simply because you have
> people leaving but few joining.
> The card I was working on has been around for  a while now. There have
> been three attempts so far to get it working with Linux. Two in this
> community and one against the mcentral.de tree. Both attempts in this
> community have failed not because of a lack of willingness of the people
> involved to do the hard yards but because of the inability of the
> community to mentor and help newcomers.
> The third attempt by a Czech programmer succeeded, however it is
> dependent on the mcentral.de tree and the author appears to have made no
> attempt to get the patch into the tree. The original instructions to
> produce a driver set are in Czech. However instructions in english for
> 2.6.22 are available - ubuntu gutsy. I will soon be putting up
> instructions for 2.6.24 - hardy. They may even work  for later revisions
> since the big issue was incompatible versioning.
> I understand from recent posts to this list that many in the community
> are disturbed by the existence of mcentral.de. Well every person from
> now on who wants to run the Leadtek Winfast DTV1800H will be using that
> tree. Since the card is excellent value for what it is, there should be
> lots of them. Not helping newcomers who are trying to add cards has led
> and will lead to increased fragmentation.
> And before you say or think that we are all volunteers here, I am a
> volunteer also. I have spent close to 3 weeks on this code and it is
> very close to working. The biggest difference between working code in
> the mcentral.de tree and the patch I was working on is the firmware that
> is used.
> Finally you might consider that if few developers are prepared to work
> on the v4l-dvb tree, then much of the fun will disappear because those
> few will have to do everything.
> Cheers Paul

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