[ale] Building linux entertainment devices
zack at the-links.net
Fri Dec 26 23:28:58 EST 2003
lol, that's funny.
Thanks everyone for your comments, ALL of them are much appreciated.
Brian J. Dowd wrote:
> Obstacles noted. Eyes open. Now that *that's* out of the way, move
> I heard a story about some young Finnish kid who wanted to make his
> own Unix-like OS.
> He probably should have listened to the others and just given up on
> that impossible idea...
> -Brian J. Dowd, DDS
>> Millions were spent to do this by ZapMedia which I believe is now out
>> of business. The problem is if you want "PC" quality sound and video
>> yes you can do it. If you want dolby digital sound and Tivo quality
>> output, then you have got a long way to go and the base you can start
>> with now is much better; however, your going to need lots of money to
>> buy in the quantities necessary to bring the price down enough for it
>> to work and you will need custom hardware or custom hardware (chips)
>> embedded onto your custom motherboard.
>> On Tuesday 23 December 2003 04:40 pm, zack wrote:
>>> I am interested in examining the possiblity of building a Linux-based
>>> networked entertainment device. My main goals are not a one off, use
>>> spare parts type of project, but more of looking into the
>>> possibility of
>>> building a prototype for mass produced device. The software would be a
>>> slimmed down or RTOS Linux kernel, plus open source software.
>>> Capabilities would include networking, video and /or sound output. IDE
>>> devices for HDD and CD/DVD would probably be required, as well as
>>> (likely) PC-Card support. CPU-wise I am thinking a low-end
>>> Intel/AMD or
>>> higher end alternative CPU like you might see in some embedded devices.
>>> So yeah, it's pretty much a PC, but non Intel/AMD would be considered
>>> if they can handle the video.
>>> I need to get an idea of the types of hardware platforms suitable for
>>> this type of device, and the software development I would need to
>>> do, to
>>> get some idea of how much it would cost to do, as well as how much
>>> develoment work would need to be done (I assume certain systems could
>>> just have minimal kernel and OSS code compiled, while others might
>>> porting or tweaking or something).
>>> If anyone has any experience or insight into this sort of a project and
>>> would care to share, I would appreciate it.
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