[linux-dvb] Multiproto API/Driver Update

Steven Toth stoth at linuxtv.org
Sun Sep 14 16:27:10 CEST 2008

Markus Rechberger wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 1:31 AM, Manu Abraham <abraham.manu at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Markus Rechberger wrote:
>>> On Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 12:46 AM, Manu Abraham <abraham.manu at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Markus Rechberger wrote:
>>>>> How many devices are currently supported by the multiproto API
>>>>> compared with the s2 tree?
>>>> The initial set of DVB-S2 multistandard devices supported by the
>>>> multiproto tree is follows. This is just the stb0899 based dvb-s2 driver
>>>> alone. There are more additions by 2 more modules (not devices), but for
>>>> the simple comparison here is the quick list of them, for which some of
>>>> the manufacturers have shown support in some way. (There has been quite
>>>> some contributions from the community as well.):
>>>> (Also to be noted is that, some BSD chaps also have shown interest in
>>>> the same)
>>> they're heavy into moving the whole framework over as far as I've seen
>>> yes, also including yet unmerged drivers.
>> Using the same interface, the same applications will work there as well
>> which is a bonus, but isn't the existing user interface GPL ? (A bit
>> confused on that aspect)
> I think it's good to have something that competes with Linux, I talked to some
> guys at that front too, and they seem to work close with application
> developers too
> As for the em28xx driver I agreed with pushing all my code (in case of
> linux, which
> includes unmerged independent drivercode from manufacturers) into their system
> using their license.

Something that competes with Linux, absolutely, I could not agree more - 
especially if the licenses are compatible and cross O/S pollination of 
ideas/code can occur. Everyone benefits from this.

Hauppauge had a guy from the BSD community contact us and ask for 
datasheets for certain parts. Part of the problem, as I understand it, 
is that the BSD folks can't port the GPL license into BSD because it's 
not compatible.

I owe it to myself to spend somehime reading the BSD licencing. Maybe 
the GPL is compatible with BSD.

Just my 2 cents.

- Steve

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