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From Fri, 1 Oct 1999 20:59:12 -0500 (EST)
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 20:59:12 -0500 (EST)
From: Matthew R. Pavlovich
Subject: [Livid-dev] Back from the dead... Part II


For those that really want to here what has been going on, I'll let you
scroll to the bottom.. for those that just want to see the project moving
again this is what we need:

1) New host for the site. (Web/CVS/FTP/list and a _real_ backup plan)

2) Web site help. I need someone to take over the web site so I am doing
less things.

We have made progress (granted not that fast). The UDF and DVD drive
support in 2.4.x is going to be nice when working with buggy
device code. I hope to get a more organized effort on the Zoran decoder
going. We have docs, and I am talking with Zoran about microcode. We
definitely can get somewhere with this decoder. I am also trying to find
stand-alone PCI decoders that are based on the same or similar chip so it
is easier for developers without G200's to work on the driver. (Their new
chip supports hardware MP3 decoding.. nice).

If you have access to resources to host the project, contact me so we can
get things moved over, hopefully by the end of the week. Same goes for if
you wanna be in charge of the web site.

Matthew R. Pavlovich

As for what's been going on...

Basically we cannot rely on VA to provide a reliable site
for the project. Twice the server went down and we lost time and code.
They have been moving really slow and have been reluctant to accept any
help in configuring the systems. This is nothing against VA or the
employees there, I just feel that they cannot provide me with a reliable
enough setup for me to be comfortable. It is completely a business
decision and I thank them very much for providing services and getting
things up very fast.

Enter Plan B. I was working with other volunteers and we thought we had a
solution to our woes... again I was not confident in the reliability of
the machines we were going to be working with. (Running IRC bots on a
development machine didn't strike me as the way to go.) I do not see my
self as demanding or hard to work with, I just want a little sense of
piece after losing data twice for the same project.

As for me I am in over my head in projects (I decided to get an alpha and
see what that can do..) .. ended up hacking some SCSI drivers .. blah blah
blah.. and school is in full swing..

-Me again..


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