Researching Ubuntu TV Hardware Recipies

Registered by Michael Schloh on 2012-04-17

Judging from questions asked on askubuntu.com, a trend is emerging in which existing Ubuntu users may be unsatisfied with future Ubuntu TV offerings. While the designers of Ubuntu TV are correct in that set top boxes and media consoles add to wiring and compatability problems, their solution of asking owners of excellent TVs to 'just replace it or throw it away' won't be adopted by all users.

This blueprint serves to prevent unsatisfaction, confusion, and redundant work efforts in providing a well documented path to what could be called 'Enjoying Ubuntu TV without aquiring a new TV.' It fits between the UDS tracks 'Design' and 'Hardware' with subtopics being: Ubuntu TV software Ubuntu TV hardware Discussion could involve getting to know whichever applet platform is used, a quick QML primer to understand the linkage between Unity 2D and the TV UI, remote control APIs, configuration packages to offload configuration of broadcast services, comparison of off the shelf hardware most appropriate for the format (Boxee, Acer Revo, Pandaboard, Raspberry Pi, Apple TV, Google TV), consideration of booting off of OEM branded hardware (probably impossible with Apple TV for example), and explanation of hardware graphics acceleration standards, acronyms, and configuration. Interested parties could form a test plan once priorities are identified. Of course, efforts should be coordinated with official Ubuntu TV plans.

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Status:
Not started
Approver:
Steve Langasek
Priority:
Undefined
Drafter:
Michael Schloh
Direction:
Needs approval
Assignee:
Michael Schloh
Definition:
New
Series goal:
None
Implementation:
Unknown
Milestone target:
None

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