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--09:22, 9 January 2011 (UTC)
Introducing the "Media_build" System:
If you hadn't noticed, over the course of the past year, there has been some monumental changes in the revision control systems employed for V4L-DVB development. These changes have had an impact not only upon developers, but also on end users seeking to use the latest drivers set.

If you recall, back in January 2010, GIT was, for better or worse, adopted as the mainstay for future V4L-DVB development, while the former Mercurial (Hg) build system was relegated to the Backport tree. [1] With the backport repo in place, end users would still be able to easily adopt current V4L-DVB driver snapshots with their currently installed kernel; something that cannot be equally said in the case with GIT. However, as time progressed, the Hg backport tree unfortunately saw less and less "backporting" activity, and the Hg snapshots soon became stale and error prone during module compilation. In October, the tree became maintainer-less [2]. Since then, Hg has all but become formally abandoned around these parts.

Alas, all was not lost for the end user seeking to easily adopt a new driver snapshot! An experimental new build system, the "media_build" GIT tree (which was originally entitled "new_build" before being renamed), was developed in hopes of overcoming the formal restrictions imposed by GIT and to maintain the benefits the former Hg system provided the V4L-DVB user community.

For much fuller background information regarding the "media_build" tree, see the following:

23:10, 27 June 2010 (UTC)
Merger of Wikis Comes to a Close:
After running some $47Million dollars over budget and 18 months late, the merger of the V4L and DVB wikis is finally complete! When asked about the glaring cost and time overruns, a well tanned project coordinator candidly replied that "there were, ummm, some issues", before hurrying away in a private limousine, escorted in arm by two, equally as tanned, attractive women, whom this reporter can only assume were the project's creative advisors.