Alexander Leidinger

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Inter­est­ing stuff upcom­ming (mul­ti­me­dia, Wiimote)

For a long time I didn’t wrote some­thing in my blog. This hap­pens from time to time to a lot of peo­ple I think… :)

Ok, so some inter­est­ing news on the FreeBSD front: I’m port­ing NMM (ver­sion 1.0.0).Back in the days when I was writ­ting my diploma the­sis, those peo­ple where work­ing on it already. I always wanted to port it, as it was cool to see it in action (one sys­tem picked up a foot­ball match and dis­trib­uted it to a lot of PCs in the local sub­net (AFAIR mul­ti­cast) and even hand­helds in real-time (with auto­matic down­siz­ing to the out­put device), and was also dis­trib­ut­ing it to the Uni-Aula (AFAIR TCP stream)). The box was not pow­er­ful at all, and you where able to do a lot of pro­cess­ing on any machine in the net­work, while the client didn’t know where which pro­cess­ing hap­pened. They also present it for sev­eral years on the CEBIT in Ger­many. They have videos show­ing it in action. You can do a lot more cool things with this. Think about a net­work aware mul­ti­me­dia cen­ter. You can have your movies / MP3s / what­ever on sev­eral machines in your net­work, and the out­put is dis­played on a not so pow­er­ful machine with­out any trace in the GUI that there are other machines involved. And if you want to play around, you can even see/hear the same stuff syn­chro­nized at the same time in mul­ti­ple rooms and even on your hand­held device.

This is sched­uled to be used in the new KDE mul­ti­me­dia infra­struc­ture, and even in some Bang&Olufsen products.

So far it com­piles after a lit­tle bit of patch­ing, but there are some strange things to solve before I can even try to use it. I posted a mes­sage to the devel­op­ment forum, let’s wait and see what they have to tell.

And on a related area, I also got a Wiimote (Wii remote con­troller) work­ing in FreeBSD. I think this will be a nice mouse replace­ment for a mul­ti­me­dia cen­ter. I have a dis­cus­sion on the FreeBSD blue­tooth mail­inglist regard­ing this.

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