[linux-dvb] S2API drivers sync

Devin Heitmueller devin.heitmueller at gmail.com
Fri Dec 19 23:31:37 CET 2008

On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 4:08 PM, Nicolas Will <nico at youplala.net> wrote:
> As a user, even a user who does not know how to code to save his life,
> you can do other things to help.
> You can start by being polite.
> Then you can ask nicely.
> In exchange for new code you can take charge of a few things.
> For example coders usually hate to document outside of their own code.
> Take charge of the wiki page of your device and make sure that it is
> clear and up-to-date.
> Then prod, poke, ask, politely.
> When new code comes in, test, and give feedback, constructive and polite
> feedback.
> And document some more.
> And prod, poke, ask, politely.
> and test.. and give feedback... and ask again...
> After a while you usually end up with working code, and happy.
> And if you stop there because your device is working fine and your job
> and family are taking 110% of you time, than sit back and enjoy your
> working TV system in the remaining 40%. ;o)
> In any case you were not completely selfish.
> It worked for me and the Nova-T-500.

Nicholas has provided a very good list of constructive ways that
non-developers can improve support for devices.  Here are a few other
ways people can help out:

Improve the wiki:  help out CityK with the linux-dvb/v4l unification
and make sure the information is correct.

Lurk on #linux-dvb and #v4l, and help out less experienced users.  New
users often jump onto those two lists asking for help getting their
devices up and running.  In many cases, their device is supported but
they're just having trouble installing the latest v4l-dvb code or
using tools such as scan, zap, Kaffeine, tvtime, VDR, etc.  Help those
users work through their issues.  If the device doesn't work, walk
them through collecting the necessary debug info required to report
the problem on the mailing list.

Not only are these things helpful to other users - it allows the
developers can focus on adding driver support rather than spending
that time helping out new users...


Devin J. Heitmueller
AIM: devinheitmueller

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