Originally Posted by reallybigabe
The more I look around lately, the more it seems like a lost cause trying to better the "Open Source" aspect of this.
What exactly is even open source?
Anyways, what would we need in order to get another Mips platform onto a Media player like this? I was just looking into Android. One it its biggest setbacks is that to do a new codec, they would all have to be brought into the java layer and essentially re-written.
Are codecs directly on teh chipset. I.e. instead, a call to the java layer to use the onboard codec is all thats needed to use any of the plethora of Android apps out there? Am I right out to lunch, or does android look somewhat promising? Doesn't look like its ever been released onto a media center before.
Well, I did look at the Wiki.. Does that count? LOL. Ok, I'll have to admit I've lost considerable interest in the Ultio when I found out what Mivix's claim of "open source" consisted of. It simply means that all the GPL (GNU General Public License) Linux portions are open source. Unfortunately, that leaves little wiggle room to do much other than provide a few Linux based utilities like FTP and the like.
Since no one has actually seen any documentation on the RealTek innards, I can only assume from what I have gleaned that yes, the majority if not all the codecs have been implemented in hardware.
Don't know anything about Android so I can't comment other than to say it would probably be worthless on the Ultio unless someone knows how to communicate and utilize the features of the RealTek SOC. If you have no hardware to interface to, it's just a bunch of code that would do nothing, even if you could port it.
Not to dampen your initial enthusiasm, but I don't see this being a worthwhile endeavor unless RealTek is willing to cooperate. I'm not sure how many forums/wiki's etc. that I've found for RealTek based boxes which initially started out with high hopes and eventually died out when faced with the reality that RealTek has no interest in the public dissemination of details on their hardware/software. RealTek is in the business of selling their chips to system integrators. Can't really blame them for their business model. It would be sort of like being pissed at Microsoft for not making Windows7 open source. It serves no purpose and it's unlikely to change
After owning the Ultio for a few months, I can't say it's a bad product. It certainly does what I wanted it to do - play videos. I think it does a pretty good job of it. Sure it could use a lot of cleaning up on the interface end, some added functionality, etc. but possibly that will come as the product matures. If I would have paid $500 for it, I'd have a lot of regret. But I didn't. For the $167 I shelled out, it was a decent value. Luckily, I haven't had any hardware problems which seem to have plagued more than few users.
Maybe the best approach is to relay deficiencies and requests for enhancements to Mvix and hope that they listen and can coerce their supplier to fix things. Lets hope they have something better than a babel fish translator. Too bad Mvix doesn't really seem to have a good channel open for such activity.