Install the Freevo Software

By Dave Salvator  |  Posted 2003-04-10 Print this article Print

Freevo Click Here Freevo is an open-source suite of applications that turns a Linux box into a multimedia appliance. With Freevo, you can watch and record TV, watch digital video clips, play wave, MP3 and OGG audio files, as well as view digital pictures. Be advised that parts of Freevo -- like any good open-source project -- remain a work in progress. Specifically, the ability to record TV is still a bit shaky, although TV viewing works fine. This article will cover TV viewing only – look for Part 2 next week which details adding in TiVo-like recording functionality and TV-Guide-style functions.
Installing Freevo is simply a matter of downloading these three RPMs:
And optionally, you can download an RPM that will allow Red Hat to boot directly into Freevo:
You then install them in the above order, and Freevos bits wind up in the /usr/local/freevo/ sub-directory. Freevo will now start, although TV functionality will only work if the needed LKMs for the WinTV card are loaded and Freevos config file is properly configured with a correct channel list for your cable service. Currently, Freevo supports traditional analog cable, but doesnt yet support satellite TV service. To create a shortcut for Freevo on the Red Hat desktop, right-click anywhere on the desktop, and select "New Launcher." The config screen looks like this: Youll want to specify the /usr/local/freevo/ path, and choose the freevo executable. You can choose whatever icon you want, we just chose one thats multimedia-looking.

Dave came to have his insatiable tech jones by way of music—,and because his parents wouldn't let him run away to join the circus. After a brief and ill-fated career in professional wrestling, Dave now covers audio, HDTV, and 3D graphics technologies at ExtremeTech.

Dave came to ExtremeTech as its first hire from Computer Gaming World, where he was Technical Director and Lead (okay, the only) Saxophonist for five years. While there, he and Loyd Case pioneered the area of testing 3D graphics using PC games. This culminated in 3D GameGauge, a suite of OpenGL and Direct3D game demo loops that CGW and other Ziff-Davis publications, such as PC Magazine, still use.

Dave has also helped guide Ziff-Davis benchmark development over the years, particularly on 3D WinBench and Audio WinBench. Before coming to CGW, Dave worked at ZD Labs for three years (now eTesting Labs) as a project leader, testing a wide variety of products, ranging from sound cards to servers and everything in between. He also developed both subjective and objective multimedia test methodologies, focusing on audio and digital video. Before all that he toured with a blues band for two years, notable gigs included opening for Mitch Ryder and appearing at the Detroit Blues Festival.


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