[vdr] VDR Development

Lars Bläser lars.blaeser at lycosxxl.de
Sat Sep 6 15:56:18 CEST 2008

syrius.ml at no-log.org wrote:
> but vdr has not evolved for years !

maybe because it was "bleeding edge" as it started, it only used the
(european) digital dvb standard
since then the whole tv marked developed to dvb-s/-c/-t (in europe) an
even now with dvb-s2 and h.264, vdr is fit enough to get a patch to
support that (there not that many free hdtv sources), there is a iptv
plugin too

did you ever used one of the first vdr´s ? the development is constant
and only because there is no fancy website, boasting about all the
stuff, does not mean there isn't development (link layer protocol,
plugins, ...)

> no real new features, it's still meant to be used with one ff dvb-s
> card.

no thats simply wrong, it started with the dxr3-plugin and at the moment
there are soft plugins (mpeg2/h.264) for decoding and there is a "new"
hardware solution too with a plugin (eHD)
you can even use vdr "headless" just with a bunch of budget cards
or VIDEGOR (http://i30www.ira.uka.de/p2p/videgor/index.en.html)

> there's a plugin interface but most of the time you don't want
> to hear about bugs when somebody is using a plugin.
> what's the point then ?

because klaus does program vdr not plugins, they can mean trouble for
the vdr-core functions (and patches are more dangerous), thats the
reason people are alway asked to try it with vanilla vdr without plugins

> And, what about this blackmail thing ?
> Wouldn't it be simpler to say "i don't have time anymore, my needs won't
> evolve and i don't want to code features i won't use, please carry on !" ?

why is a clear statemant from someone hwo started development for its
own purpose and tells (all the time) that it is still the same
blackmail? (btw. klaus has done a lot of development for things he never
saw as really useful for himself i.e. utf8 or subtitles)

imho: i would´nt trust someone who develops vdr for so long in its spare
time - may be he develops vdr for its own or will write code for another
project or idea (software that controls the whole house with natural
spoken words or something other useful) - but i don't think he will stop

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