FreeBSD as a HTPC!
freebsd at sopwith.solgatos.com
Thu Nov 27 22:32:34 PST 2008
You can call it a HTPC, media center, DVR, PVR, or whatever.
Problem #1 is how to get video to the nice TV/display/screen.
Depending on your hardware you might need s-video, composite,
component, RF, RGB (HV sync, composite sync, or sync-on-green),
DVI/HDMI, or displayport. Have I left out any? Some of these
are hard to find outputs for. :-(
Problem #2 is decoding the codec(s) you have media in. If the
source is high definition, you need a lot of CPU, or GPU support.
A lot of video is in mpeg2 format, including all OTA TV in the US,
most DVDs, some BluRay, etc. Mpeg2 can benefit from Xv and XvMC.
If you want XvMC, the only open source choice seems to be VIA Chrome.
Hmmm is this the same as x11-drivers/xf86-video-openchrome in ports?
Is anyone successfully using this?
Then we have this, although I don't see a mention of XvMC in the
See "Anyone would help me to test this port? Another VIA
UniChrome/Chrome9 Driver" in -multimedia@ from intron at intron.ac
AMD/ATI claims that they have released enough documentation for
someone to implement Xv and XvMC, but as far as I know no one
has done so. They seem more interested in 3D games. :-(
Problem #3 is keeping the noise down, which means no disks and
keep the power usage down to reduce or eliminate the need for fans.
I assume that NFS is as brain damaged as always? ("stale file handles"
and such) Does FreeBSD have an alternative?
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