[linux-dvb] [ANNOUNCE] DVB API improvements

Markus Rechberger mrechberger at gmail.com
Thu Sep 25 04:01:03 CEST 2008

On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 11:41 PM, VDR User <user.vdr at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 8:21 AM, Mauro Carvalho Chehab
> <mchehab at infradead.org> wrote:
>> The decision were already taken by the group.
>> It should be noticed also that the public announcement took some time to
>> be ready, since we all carefully reviewed it to reflect the understanding
>> that the group had.
>> Both API's work, and people needed to choose between one of the proposals.
>> Each one there had enough time to read and understand each proposal, since
>> the patches were available more than one week before the meeting, and
>> everybody were aware that the decision are scheduled to happen during LPC.
>> Each one voted based on their own technical analysis, on a meeting that
>> took about 2:30 hours, on the day after the presentations. People had
>> enough time there to discuss, explain their ideas with the help of a
>> whiteboard, decide and improve the proposal.
>> S2API was choosen, since it was considered the better proposal for
>> everybody there. None of the presents voted for Multiproto.
>> Now that the decision were already taken, it is not time anymore to argue
>> in favor to any other proposals. We need to move ahead and finally add
>> support for DVB-S2 and the remaining missing digital TV's at kernel.
>> Thank you and everyone else involved on adding support for the missing
>> standards.
>> Let's move to the next step: finally add API changes and drivers for
>> DVB-S2 and prepare support for the remaining missing standards.
> It's no secret to anyone that there has been foul play, and blatantly
> clear there is bias against Manu himself, and multiproto as a result,
> based on personal differences & past conflicts.  You can't possibly
> expect the dvb community to believe a fair & balanced meeting took
> place to discuss these proposals when half the people there already
> signed on for s2api, and the other half don't have the knowledge &
> experience with dvb to make well-informed decisions.  You can't
> possibly think people will believe any of you (who've openly admitted
> support for s2api) spent 2 seconds defending multiproto, or even
> assessing the proposal from an unbias technical standpoint.
> It's very convenient that you've completely ignored multiple requests
> for more in-depth details that actually prove your points have real
> technical merit and aren't just the result of some self-interest
> politics and b.s.  Yet, you had no problem writing paragraphs about
> how the decision has been made and everyone should just accept it.
> Sorry, people aren't going to just accept it because this whole thing
> has been tainted by misleading people, misrepresenting the truth, and
> sometimes flat out lying.
> Valuable members of the community have turned, and are turning away
> because of how poorly dvb has been maintained, and how self-serving
> some people act.  I'm thankful that more people are being exposed &
> becoming aware of what's been going on in hopes that at the very least
> some kind of steps will be taken to stop the misuse & abuse of power
> at the front of the dvb train.
> Again, if there is truth to your claims that s2api is the best
> technical solution, then convince us all by providing tangible proof
> rather then expecting everyone to take your word for it while ignoring
> our requests for such information.  You have an obligation to the
> community to justify your actions, and be held accountable for them.

There hasn't been much positive feedback here! How about let's talk to split the
v4l and dvb development in order to not give Mauro the full authority
over the whole
2 subsystems where he hardly anything contributed (to the second part).

Don't see this as a flamewar, Andrew Morton and a few others are
following that discussion now.

Mauro as for you try to justify your step technically, the only point
we've seen for now was from
Patrick Boettcher (which was a good one from his side) but also the
other involved people (within that
8 people group in Portland should point out their opinion and
technical objections/reasons now).

Officially it looks like you had 3 people supporting the Stevens
proposal and 5 people who didn't know about
the framework at all and explaining them that the DVB-S2 step is the
better one to go whereas you had
noone representing the multiproto path. Such a vote is highly doubtful then.

Hans Hverkuil:
I saw you in IRC that you support that proposal please also state out
your opinion and/or ask your questions
what/why things have been done like they are done in the multiproto
tree and why you don't support it.

It finally can really end up with a good solution either multiproto or
S2 but everyone should understand and not only
a few people.


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