Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Lunch break Post

With 12 minutes left of my lunch break, I'll keep this short.

Fedora 11: I've finally got around to updating to Fedora 11. It broke my ALSA driver and there were loads of problems with the fedora 11 repositories. However I fixed this and I can begin poking around to see what has actually changed. CTRL+ALT+Backspace no longer works and the Sound controller has changed - this is all I've gleamed so far!

MythBuntu: My house mates and I have hacked together a media PC in our lounge on which we've installed MythUbuntu (My pleas for Fedora went unheard) and we're currently configuring it the way we want it. Rich sorted out Wii remote control which is a pleasure to use, particularly fast forwarding, which involves twisting your wrist! We're yet to install a DVB-TV tuner and get proper PVR functionality, but time is our only enemy at the moment.

8 comments:

rob said...

Ctrl+Alt+Bkspace has been disabled in Xorg by default now. This is because people realised that having a button sequence that could lose all your stuff was a bad idea...

As for you repository situation, I imagine this was because you had some odd extra repositories bolted on. rpmfusion and livna are working fine here, and required no maintenance through the upgrade.

Welcome to the horrorland that is MythTV -- reception is particularly flakey in this area! MythTV doesn't enjoy corrupted streams very much. I recommend MythFace as a frontend ;-)

R

rob said...

Oh, and I forgot to add that if you really want Ctrl+Alt+Bkspace, you can enable it in Gnome by going to System->Preferences->Keyboard Shortcuts. Go to the "Layouts" tab, click "Layout Options" then expand the "Key sequence to kill the X server" and tick the box :-)

Chris said...

Thanks. MythTV was pretty clumsy so we've switched to XBMC (XBox Media Centre) which is much more reliable and a lot prettier than myth.

We're still yet to get the tv tuner usb, but when we do I'll definitely have a look at MythFace.

Gavin said...

Still a bit perplexed as to what you'll want to PVR, given iPlayer and downloaded TV, but will be interested to see what it ends up like.

Mythbuntu is meant to be ok - not heard of XBMC but hope it is working out ok

rob said...

@Gavin: DVB TV is higher quality than iplayer/4od. Also, it's DRM free and doesn't require you to use any proprietary software, so you're not restricted to playing it on specific devices.

Gavin said...

Fair enough, but if I want to watch something I'll download a copy that someone else has gone to hassle of dvb'ing and cutting all the ads out etc. Tbh how much of a problem is the poorer quality if a) you're watching it on a TV and b) you're not going to watch it more than once anyway

rob said...

@Gavin:

> I'll download a copy that someone else has gone to hassle of dvb'ing and cutting all the ads out etc.

Mmmm. Dodgy.

> Tbh how much of a problem is the poorer quality if a) you're watching it on a TV

The differences between iplayer and dvb are quite perceivable in my opinion. Also in this category: I prefer to watch my video on a colour screen rather than a 1970s black and white TV.

Whist Net TV beats "legacy" TV content-wise, it's still got to make that last leap towards matching its quality and freedom. Unfortunately, I don't think we'll see this until after BT's fibre upgrade...

Gavin said...

Not sure what you mean about the B&W tv, the pvr will just be connected to the CRT TV so the resolution won't be great - it's not a TFT with a nice high resolution.

To be honest, I don't see the need because I really don't watch that much TV that is broadcast - maybe a couple of hours a week max?