Anyone on this list still alive / using OSD2?

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Fernando Cassia

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Mar 30, 2012, 8:25:52 PM3/30/12
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I wonder if someone on this list got his OSD2 in a working state. I´m
not so much interested in recording but more as a media center / H.264
playback.

I realize Debian has got a current Linux ARM port and I wonder if most
parts of the OSD2 has drivers in mainline kernel by now...

How would one proceed if I want to install a Debian Linux ARM on the
OSD, what does it boot from? is the bootloader in Flash?.

Thoughts? Comments?. -TIA

FC

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Ugo Riboni

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Apr 1, 2012, 3:51:31 PM4/1/12
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> I wonder if someone on this list got his OSD2 in a working state. I´m
> not so much interested in recording but more as a media center / H.264
> playback.
> I realize Debian has got a current Linux ARM port and I wonder if most
> parts of the OSD2 has drivers in mainline kernel by now...
> How would one proceed if I want to install a Debian Linux ARM on the
> OSD, what does it boot from? is the bootloader in Flash?.
>
> Thoughts? Comments?. -TIA

Hey Fernando,
My OSD2 has been in a closet for the past few years now, so take all I
say with that in mind ;)

With that disclaimer out of the way, I think that you can't really use
it for playback much, since IIRC we never got proper drivers for h264
from TI that could be successfully used on that board.

Also even assuming the reference SOC from TI on which the OSD2 is
based went all the way into mainstream kernel, I doubt a kernel built
for that will work out of the box for the OSD2.

Re debian, and again going from very dusty memory, i think bootloader
is in the internal flash and then it can load the system either from
there too, or from SD cards, or from an hard disk, or NFS (which was
one of the favorite options for development).

Now, with all the love for Neuros and the great time I've had working
on these products, these days I would just buy a panda board or even
one of these raspberry pi everyone is so excited about. Both support
h264 playback out of the box and can run debian (ubuntu too on the
panda).
It will just save you lots of time and be a lot more fun hacking
experience given the fact they have a huge community, compared to the
silence around here ;)

Cheers,
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Ugo

Fernando Cassia

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Apr 1, 2012, 6:09:38 PM4/1/12
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On Sun, Apr 1, 2012 at 16:51, Ugo Riboni <neroc...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Now, with all the love for Neuros and the great time I've had working
> on these products, these days I would just buy a panda board or even
> one of these raspberry pi everyone is so excited about. Both support
> h264 playback out of the box and can run debian (ubuntu too on the
> panda).

Thanks. But it seems it´ll be months before one can get its hands on
the Pi. And the osd2 is here and doesn´t have to pass trough customs.
;)

Maybe I´ll use it as a fancy backup web server...

FC

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