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Re: Upgrading from FC4 to current Linux

On Oct 2, 2009, at 4:14 PM, Andy Walls wrote:

Video used to be easy, plug in the capture device, install xawtv via rpm, and use. However, recent versions of Fedora simply don't work, even on the same hardware, due to /dev/dsp no longer being created and the applications like
xawtv or tvtime still looking for it.

(Non-emulated) OSS was ditched by the linux kernel folks long ago. And
I thought xawtv and tvtime were abandon-ware.

Yeah, seems that way. Though Devin's been talking about maybe starting up a new tvtime maintenance tree, which Fedora would be happy to contribute to and track... (nudge, nudge, Devin ;)

The people who will be using this are looking for hardware which is still made and sold new, and software which can be installed by a support person who can
plug in cards (PCI preferred) or USB devices, and install rpms.

rpmfusion, ATrpms, and I even think Fedora have MythTV available now.
mplayer is probably also available from 2 of those 3 resources.

MythTV and mplayer are both only in RPM Fusion and ATrpms. Both rely on ffmpeg, which is no-go for Fedora itself.

For any open source software that implements video and audio decoders,
you will need to investigate if you must pay someone licensing fees to
use the decoders you need to meet your usage requirements. Fedora has a
mechanism in place by which you can pay for the non-free codecs, IIRC.

Sort of. If you're using something gstreamer-based (like totem). Fedora used to have codeina (formerly codec-buddy) that would point you at Fluendo's site for some gstreamer codec plugins you could buy. The current world order is PackageKit with a codec plugin that tries to find a plugin that provides the codec in your configured yum repos. Can't recall if it points at Fluendo if nothing is found...

Jarod Wilson

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