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/
Freevo will now start, although TV functionality will only work if the needed LKMs for the WinTV card are loaded and Freevos freevo_config.py
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.