Thursday Feb 04, 2010

B131 with Ubuntu 9.10 and Windows 7

Hi All,

 So I've been working on a Samsung NC20, working to get a solid base working with Ubuntu 9.10 and an AT&T 3G usb modem.

I was creating the best hardware platform for a JavaFX project to run on, I'm sending the Samsung to the JavaFX team today.

  I was left with the AT&T 3G usb modem, so I thought, why not install Ubuntu on the MSI Wind.

It already had Window 7 and OpenSolaris B131 and a 40Gb fat32 partition between the two OS's, so I decided to install Ubuntu 9.10 here.

Now the MSI will boot Windows 7, Ubuntu 9.10 or OpenSolaris B131.

I may even try to get the AT&T modem working under OpenSolaris.

Sunday Dec 06, 2009

VIA / Ubuntu / JavaFX hardware HD decode - Digital Media Platform

Hi All,

 So I'm working on a new project, trying to build a really goo Digital Media Platform, for applications like, shopping malls, airports, hotels, stores.

We want the actually user interface to be in JavaFX, the hardware and operstaing system needs to be able to decode HD content (AVI,WMV,M4V) in 720P or 1080P.

The system also has to be able to support a large touchscreen, this requires the Xorg driver and calibration program.

 I'm working with VIA using there hardware platforms to support Ubuntu and JavaFX.

VIA has created the DRM and kernel drivers for the HD decoders and video, also the mplayer and special video out plugins.

The difference when you play an HD movie is amazing, VIA gave me the seen from the matrix movie when the enter the building, if you play it with the standard video out on the 1.5Ghz processor the sound is way ahead of the choppy video.

 When I play the same movie using the VIA supplied Mplayer video out plugin, the movie is absolutely smooth and in sink with the sound.

 So now we have the basic hardware and OS layer working, I've finally got to the point I cannot put off any longer, learn Java and JavaFX.

I've just started the course, learning Java in 21 days, I'll let you know how it goes.

Dave

VIA Digital Media Platform - Front


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