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Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: September 18, 2014, 06:17:52 pm »
Hey!  Yes, I tested GSD a few weeks ago and found that little issue finally.  If your installation is that old you are probably pointing to the old repository and likely will not see any updates.  I *highly* recommend that you re-visit the wiki ( and grab the new sd card contents, update your core, build a new diskless image for raspbian and hit the 'Rebuild' button in webadmin for that MD.  This will give you all the latest, there have been a lot of changes/improvements over the last 2 months.


PS.  thanks for testing!

Installation issues / Re: CuBox-i from SolidRun
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:13:42 pm »
Everything arm pretty much uses u-boot and the procedure is the same for each, but each needs it own targeted build of u-boot to work.  Booting is the easy part.  Generating the diskless image should be fairly straightforward, kernel may be a bit difficult to nail down if it is not available in a repository, then it's media.  The cubox has a crapload of kernel patches that need to be applied to get the device to work.  There is no current repository that holds them all in an already buildable (ie patches applied) state, so that's a fair amount of manual work.

Each of these devices will ultimately succeed or fail on their capbilbity to deliver media and control their connected devices.  Accelerated video playback (including licensed codecs which could be iffy on a lot of arm) & HDMI-CEC are pretty much mandatory going forward.  The cubox dual seems to have ok video support, a new lmce media playing device will be required.  The banana pi seems to have some accelerated playback but I haven't really found much realiable information, regardless a new lmce media player is likely required.

With the rpi, and every other arm device at the moment, we lose the ability to play .dvd files, and real dvds, as we have nothing to deal with menu systems in the existing arm based players.  Xine handles this nicely on intel architectures.  I can sacrifice that as it is trivial to create playable versions, depending on laws in your local area. 

The rpi is maxed out running basic MD software, orbiter & photoscreensaver use ~80%cpu with the pi @ 950Mhz.  That's one whole core.  qOrbiter is much better, it consumes ~40%cpu on the pi @ 950Mhz, and leaves room to launch other applications.  Squeezelite takes 15-40% cpu on the rpi @950Mhz and cannot co-exist with a standard obiter & PSS.  RS232 is horrible on arm as it doesn't have the same hardware access that intel hardware does.  Serial control with GSD is a pig on resources and kills the rpi for nearly every other task.

Anyways, I'm not trying to discourage anyone here, completely the contrary.  I am looking for 'THE DEVICE' to support going forward.  We need something that is inexpensive and 'Just Works (tm)' when you plug it in.  Almost anything that is dual or quad core in a 1ghz (or better) arm device and *has* good media support is likely a great device to investigate.


Installation issues / Re: Installing 12.04 from USB stick
« on: September 14, 2014, 09:30:54 pm »
I would install from a DVD, that is the intended install media.  The installer has not been tested to any extent with usb.  It is also possible that the hardware you are using is newer than the 1204 kernel can support.


Installation issues / Re: CuBox-i from SolidRun
« on: September 14, 2014, 09:27:11 pm »
I have a bananapi on the way, although I'm not extremely hopeful about it at the moment.

PXE booting the cubox looks very straightforward, especially if they already include a working u-boot (hopefully it doesn't need patches).  So a filesystem on the core is required.  It is possible to shoehorn a test system into lmce for pxe booting, you would need to create the filesystem and create all the pxe configs, but most of the server config is already odne with lmce as that's how we boot MDs already.


Installation issues / Re: CuBox-i from SolidRun
« on: September 13, 2014, 12:27:58 am »
Hmm.  Nice device all in all.  Certainly seems like it could be much more capable than any pi.  There's a bunch of things that are required to make it work:
  • u-boot for cu-box with pxe patches
  • kernel built (with appropriate patches)
  • default initrd to interact the the NewMD_Interactor
  • lmce MD packages built for ubuntu armhf
  • changes to (as required)
  • other specific changes (as required) to config files
  • media player created to utilize whatever accelerates video playback
  • anything else that comes up along the way

Some of the above is easy, some not so easy. ;)  As I don't have one there's not a lot I can do here with the device.  #1 requires patching and building u-boot, I can provide the pxe patch for u-boot.  #3 is easy after #2 is done, by following the raspbian example.  #4 I'm planning on doing already generally for ubuntu armhf... someday.  #5 I'm planning on doing already generally for ubuntu armhf after #4 is done.  #7 is not as hard as some might think if you have even a minor amount of programming knowledge, it just takes time.  #8 can be the kicker as obstacles are difficult to predict.

The 2 majors:
Question:  What kind of video acceleration support does it have?  What codecs can it support playing?
Question:  Does it have CEC control built in?  If so, do you know if it is libcec compatible?

There are an army of arm devices out there, and since it takes effort to support each one, choosing what to support may be difficult.  The most ideal situation is one where libxine2 works on the device for video acceleration.  I don't know of any arm devices where that is the case yet.  rpi has omxplayer, I have leveraged that to provide media on the rpi.  The Cubox certainly has the potential to live up to what is neccesary but I have no way of testing it myself.  Best thing to do is likely to install ubuntu through the netinstall method, or perhaps fedora if you have issues with ubuntu, and see what it can do on the video playback side initially.


Developers / Re: squeezelite as an alternative to squeezeslave
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:19:55 pm »
no problem.  I need to do a little bit more testing to ensure the new boot script works properly in all cases and then the switch will happen.  I'll post here when it does with any requirements.


Installation issues / Re: 12.04 Aeon Z-stick (Zwave) is not detected by PnP
« on: September 05, 2014, 06:58:19 pm »
PnpQueue::Process_Detect_Stage_Confirm_Possible_DT queue 7850 already unknown <0x8b9adb40>

^^ This line here indicates that the device is found in the Unknown Devices table.  Which means it has been told to Not be used and don't ever ask me again.  Hence why it is not adding the device.  Find the device in the webadmin -> advanced -> unknown devices list and remove it.  It should add itself the next time it is detected.


Installation issues / Re: CuBox-i from SolidRun
« on: September 05, 2014, 06:43:55 pm »
I'm assuming this is an ARM based device and the existing pxe boot environment only supports i386/amd64 based systems.  Can you provide some information or links about the device?


Developers / Re: squeezelite as an alternative to squeezeslave
« on: September 05, 2014, 06:42:38 pm »
:) No problem.  The package definition has been created.  The packages are built and available on raspbian wheezy (lmce repo) and on ubuntu trusty (ubuntu repo), I will be added them into ubuntu precise (lmce repo) sometime next week.


Developers / Re: JSONPlugin
« on: August 29, 2014, 06:17:59 am »
Thanks to Uplink, we now have a JSON Plugin available inside of LinuxMCE as well. For details, please visit

Thanks again Uplink for your help, in getting Dianemo's code working for LinuxMCE. It is very much appreciated.

Thank you very much Uplink!  Great addition!


Installation issues / Re: 14.04 July 21 29194 notes
« on: July 24, 2014, 09:40:31 pm »
Basically nouveau drivers, no Flickr photos.

Pretty much everything up to this point is expected.  Not sure why it's using the nouveau drivers, I'll have to check what we're including on the disk.  Does the same hardware use the nvidia-current drivers on 1204?

General Info Plugin Download Software retried -X3- CIFS Utils (old Samba Utils), Pluto MythTV Plugin, asterisk-perl, Linphone library, EXIF/IPTC metedata manipulation library, Qt GUI Library MT v3, Debian Font Manager, MNG Library, Pluto MythTV Player.

Confirm Dependencies log showed the usual suspects (CIFS Utils (old Samba Utils), Pluto MythTV Plugin, asterisk-perl, Linphone library, EXIF/IPTC metedata manipulation library, Qt GUI Library MT v3, Debian Font Manager, MNG Library, Pluto MythTV Player).

Hrmph.  I thought I'd dealt with this, perhaps I did not commit the changes.  I'll double check ConfirmDeps and the database entries for these in a couple of weeks, when I get back.

Did update/upgrade with errors for pluto-mythtv-player and plugin.

This I am aware of, issues in the postinst script for pluto-mythtv-plugin iirc.  I'll check that when I return as well.

Edited lanman client change in smb.conf and rebooted.

??  Umm, weren't the smb conf changes already rolled into svn?

The usual suspects tried to download during NAS software discovery - X3.  A little annoying but understandable.

This is normal as ConfirmDependencies will retry any failed package each time it is run.

Thanks for testing!  I'll check these items out when I get back.


Installation issues / Re: 14.04 July 17 29194 notes.
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:49:07 pm »

installed hal-0.5.14 8ubuntu2ppa5


This should be included in the next snapshot.


Installation issues / Re: 30-Jun 1404 29172 loops on AVWizard
« on: July 21, 2014, 01:34:31 am »
I'll see what I can do with it.  Thanks!


Something did not complete properly in the core installation.  Weird.  Can you provide any more information about the installation?


Installation issues / Re: 30-Jun 1404 29172 loops on AVWizard
« on: July 18, 2014, 09:58:51 pm »
Thanks for testing!  Unfortunately there is no hald running on 1404.  These errors will not go away until that can be fixed.  :(  1404 is really on hold until we build something new, or de-bug why hald doesn't stay running on 1404... or if it is even possible.


Tried this out.

When setting up initial screen resolution HDMI/1080p/60hz, on Continue, system generates tons of system udev-failed to execute lib/udev/socket:@/org/freedesktop/hal/udev_event no such file or directory messages.

Loops back to AVWizard screen - no escape.


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