Linux on the DBox2 receiver

Einblicke in die andere Dimension

I’ve been using Linux on my DBox2 receiver for years now. It worked fine until recently the card stopped working. At least I assume the card is at fault because I tried the same card on two different receivers. But to get any support from the pay tv company I needed to tell them what message was displayed by the original software. I still had the CD with the original software that I backed up when I installed Linux for the first time on my DBox2.

The software worked and I could convince the person on the phone to send me a new card. But the more interesting thing is that I could compare the old original software once again to the software I’ve been using for years now. I had almost forgotten how awfully slow the original software was. It takes minutes to boot and after that is painfully slow to use. It feels like walking through molasses. I attribute this to the system being written in Java that’s run on a PowerPC processor with 66MHz.

At the same time I noticed something else. Neutrino looks really hackish. The original Betanova software looks way more polished and much more appealing to a casual user. I know, Neutrino was developed by a bunch of hackers who wanted better software for themselves but the project has been running for so long now that somebody could have come up with a sleeker looking user interface.

One Response

  1. KrisBelucci says:

    Hi, cool post. I have been wondering about this topic,so thanks for writing.

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