OK, so I’ve committed to running Ubuntu and trying to make it work.Ã‚Â But why is it so hard to do?Ã‚Â No wonder Linux isn’t winning desktops at a rapid rate.Ã‚Â And don’t get me wrong – I like Ubuntu – but I can’t see most people spending their morning the way I spend mine.
I want TV on my Ubuntu desktop. I have a Hauppage TV 250 PVR card.Ã‚Â It is an extremely popular card.
First, I had to download the correct header files for my version of the Linux Kernel (danger – compiling source is eminent!).
Then I had to instal something called IPTV, or something.Ã‚Â I had to compile that – and get the appropriate firmware (which required a separate acknowledgment of a license – I agreed to something, not sure what).
Then I had to move all the firmware to the right places.Ã‚Â probe the capture card.Ã‚Â download codecs.Ã‚Â And I am not even at the point yet that I can think of downloading MythTV so I can use my tuner.Ã‚Â I need to sign up with another company to get TV listings.
FInally I can download and install MythTV, get it configured and guess what?Ã‚Â I get a blank black screen – no video.Ã‚Â No errors (no mouse cursor for MythTV either, which is annoying).
I’m still plugging away here – but I can’t really spend a day doing nothing but getting my TV working.Ã‚Â These are real end-user issues that Linux has to address if they expect it to become anything near mainstream.Ã‚Â People just don’t have time for this – even if they have the skills.
Truth is, this would have taken me 15 minutes and one reboot in either XP or Vista.
No flaming, please – just my opinion on this one aspect of my Ubuntu experience.Ã‚Â Overall I am enjoying the OS – but I still can’t use my TV tuner on it.