[ubuntu-uk] OT - digital TV recorder (Humax) free software.....

Simon Greenwood sfgreenwood at gmail.com
Sun Jul 3 19:23:09 UTC 2011

The recent update to Sky+ boxes, which enables networking among other
things, also has an open source subsystem, based around busybox. The package
can be downloaded from Sky's website.
On 3 Jul 2011 18:36, "Rob Beard" <rob at esdelle.co.uk> wrote:
> On 03/07/11 16:26, alan c wrote:
>> I have just purchased a new Humax tv recorder (FOX T2), it has a USB
>> port which can be used to connect to a LAN and router for tv internet
>> use, with things like iplayer (bbc) etc. I am using a wifi usb dongle.
>> I noticed that the first file system the User's Manual lists
>> compatibility for, in an external hard drive is ext3, which I thought
>> was nice.
>> I continued thumbing through to the appendices, and suddenly saw lots of
>> free software stuff.
>> '...... The licences for most software are designed to take away your
>> freedom to share and change it. By contrast, the GNU General Public
>> Licence is intended to guarantee your freedom to .....'
>> The hardcopy User's Manual has 105 pages and page 98 onwards is Open
>> Source Software Notice - GPL softwae Linux, busybox, avinfo
>> LGPL uClibc, libexif, id3lib
>> FTL (www.freetype.org)
>> and an appendix with over 6 pages of GPL and LGPL licences shown.
>> It took me a little while to check I was not dreaming.
>> :-)
> Yep it wouldn't surprise of if it's based on Linux. In fact I gather
> quite a lot of the consumer AV hardware out there runs on Linux (such as
> some Bluray players and media player devices). Not so sure about the
> branded stuff (Philips, LG, Sony etc) but I know some of the cheaper
> devices do.
> I've also seen references to things like Freetype in games on the XBOX,
> I think The Secret Of Monkey Island was one.
> Presumably they use FLOSS software in their stuff to save them having to
> re-invent the wheel.
> Rob
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