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Dvico FusionHDTV5 RT Gold Plus ...?

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I hope this thread isn't too redundant, but I had some questions about this card and I hoped I could get some information here.

My main problem is that in my Googling and other research, there seems to be differing opinions as to whether the FusionHDTV5 RT is different from the regular FusionHDTV5 in hardware terms, or whether it's just some new Windows software package that they include, and then tack some extra letters onto the name.

Basically, I'm looking for a 'do everything' PCI tuner card for my Linux machine. Optimally, I would like a card that could record analog cable TV, QAM DTV, and ATSC DTV. This is because right now I live in an apartment where I can't put up a decent OTA antenna, so I have digital cable; however I want to get a card that will be able to record ATSC for when I move to someplace where I can put some metal in the air.

It seems from what I've read (e.g. this thread ) that the Fusion cards are the only thing that gets close to what I want. There are cheap analog boards, and cheap ATSC boards, and QAM boards ... but I want it all, preferably in one unit, and in a form that will work with MythTV. I am not adverse to spending money, either. (Not ridiculous amounts, but I can drop a few C notes if that's really what it's going to take; amortized over a few years it's basically insignificant if I use it daily.)

However in looking for the cards, it seems like the vanilla Fusion5 Gold is gone, replaced by this "Fusion5 RT Gold DoublePlusGood Extreme Acronym Edition."

Does anyone have personal experience using this newer version, and can they verify:

1) is it the same hardware as previous? or does the "RT," or "plus" signify changes?

2) what condition are the drivers like, and what kind of setup is required to get this working? does it require using unstable/development builds of anything, patching my kernel, etc.

Thanks very much in advance for any information!
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I am not an expert and have not yet tried this card under Linux. From windows experience and from examination of the card the only significant difference seems to be its ability to turn on and off your computer via remote. I am sure others will add to/correct this if I am wrong.
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