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  • #16
    Originally posted by joho View Post
    I just bought an 2600Pro because of the open documentation announcement. I am in the process of building a PVR system using MythTV. And now I read that the one part that I plan to use, video decoding, will not be documented!
    My first thought was that they must be joking. But I realize that this is not the case.
    What a ($!#@@$@, now I must find a way to return my AMD based motherboard and videocard, and trade those for an Intel G35 based board with on-board graphics. I hope the store will accept that.
    You do not need to completely sell the whole rig... you could look in to switching to either the FGLRX Binary blob at least until the major features used by mytv are set, or get an nvidia graphics card ( and use their binary blob.) ...oh, and on a side note, it usually takes about 2 years for the documentation to usable driver to happen, and that's a safe estimate, because this next release will include initial DRM information for the gpu.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Dandel View Post
      You do not need to completely sell the whole rig... you could look in to switching to either the FGLRX Binary blob at least until the major features used by mytv are set, or get an nvidia graphics card ( and use their binary blob.) ...oh, and on a side note, it usually takes about 2 years for the documentation to usable driver to happen, and that's a safe estimate, because this next release will include initial DRM information for the gpu.
      well, in this particular case i expect that the time would be considerably reduced. usually opensource project didn't have people who would work directly on them and this could speed up the process. i personally expect a good driver before the second half of 2008 or in the beginning of it and a good 3d accelerated driver in the first quarter of 2009. we'll just have to wait and see.

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