[linux-dvb] [ANNOUNCE] DVB API improvements

Markus Rechberger mrechberger at gmail.com
Wed Sep 24 00:11:24 CEST 2008

On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 12:06 AM, VDR User <user.vdr at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 2:16 PM, Mauro Carvalho Chehab
> <mchehab at infradead.org> wrote:
>> The DVB BOF had the presence of the following LinuxTV members:
>>        Douglas Schilling Landgraf
>>        Hans Verkuil
>>        Mauro Carvalho Chehab
>>        Michael Krufky
>>        Patrick Boettcher
>>        Steven Toth
>>        Thierry Merle
>>        Manjunath Hadlii
> At least half of that list already pledged their support for S2API and
> based on past observations, I seriously doubt the meeting was unbiased
> and a decision made based on strictly technical aspects.  I also
> believe the panel should consist of people intimately familiar with
> DVB, not half people who aren't and the other half people who've
> already made up their mind.  Call me crazy but I don't see how a
> legitimate discussion can take place under those conditions.

This is exactly what I thought too. I doubt that someone who writes
analog drivers
will understand the DVB API to a serious level within 30 minutes
(that's how long the
discussion about digital TV took according to the timetable).

>> The main arguments in favor of S2API over Multiproto are:
>>        - Future proof – the proposal for S2API is more flexible, easily
>>          allowing the addition of newer features and new standard support;
>>        - Simplicity – S2API patches are very simple, while Multiproto
>>          presented a very complex series of changes. Simpler approaches
>>          reduces the time for maintaining the source code;
>>        - Capability of allowing improvements even on the existing standards,
>>          like allowing diversity control that starts to appear on newer DVB
>>          devices.
> My previous comment aside, I would like to ask for a more detailed
> explanation that justifies these arguments, which would provide proof
> for both the validity of the claims and that the meeting really was
> fair & balanced to some degree because the arguments, in their current
> state, prove nothing.  You could easily flip those points (and many
> more) around to favor Multiproto.  I'm asking for convincing evidence
> so that if what's being claimed is really true, we can all move
> forward with peace of mind and put to rest that this whole thing has
> been tainted by personal problems and politics among the people
> involved.

Fully agree, more details please.


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