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Re: CVS commit: src/share/man/man4

On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 03:42:34PM +0300, Jukka Ruohonen wrote:
> > > XXX: This driver should be converted (or even bluntly removed, given the
> > >      lack of general third-party software support).
> > 
> > It is supported by "pkgsrc/multimedia/fxtv" which the last time I had
> > an analog TV feed worked well enough to watch TV.
> Yes, I know there may be few, largely "irrelevant" (old, non-maintained?),
> programs that may work with it. But the major ones in this field -- be it
> mplayer, MythTV, VDR, Kaffeine, VLC, Totem, you name it -- won't work.
> The open source scene in this field has made some big leaps. That's why we
> have dtv(4) and FreeBSD has "Cuse4BSD". Old BSD-specific solutions have no
> future.

I'm not argueing with any of that. I actually think it is great that
NetBSD now provides video capture drivers that work with a lot of
third party software.

This is however not related to my comment. The bktr(4) driver allows
users to watch TV with the "fxtv" package. As long as the driver can
still support that use case and doesn't get in the way of a major
other feature it should be left alone.

The best solution would of course to replace it with a driver for
the new framework. But that might be a lot of work for hardware
which might become obsolete in the near future.

        Kind regards

Matthias Scheler                        

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