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people of linux hope you can be as helpful as you normally are =) i want to watch free view on my laptop im using linux zorin 05. im considering ...
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- 03-25-2012 #1
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- Jan 2012
get free view tv on my linux computer
i want to watch free view on my laptop im using linux zorin 05.
im considering buying one of these will it be compatible
Freecom DVB-T TV Freeview USB Stick
or do you have any other suggestions on how i cant watch tv on my laptop!
many thnaks LIAM
- 03-25-2012 #2
- 03-26-2012 #3
I've got one of those Freecom devices. It works excellently on Linux, I use it with Kaffeine which has built-in support for DVB.
There's a firmware package you need to get it going, the binaries go into /usr/lib/firmware, and you're off and running. This is one of those devices that just -works- on Linux, but if you want to use it from a popular commercial operating system, then you'll struggle to find a decent player as the one that comes with the device is horrible. I gave up looking, 'cos I didn't care - it works from Linux and that's what matters to me.
- 03-26-2012 #4
If your gear can handle the strain and you live in the USA
Hulu - Labs: Hulu Desktop
It works for me in Antix (Debian Testing), and Ubuntu also.
- 03-27-2012 #5
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- Jan 2012
thanks guy! im using linux zorin 05 ! so if i get one of these it will just work! do i need to install it or do i literallly just plug it in and go? im new to linux still learning how it gotta say ill never go back to windows now im using linux im luvung it ! the only concern i have is packages and hard ware i hope that most things will work with it
- 03-27-2012 #6
Package management is one of the hardest and first adjustments to make. I remember how strange it seemed when I was starting out. After a surprisingly short time the idea of downloading software from the Internet with no idea how trustworthy the source is becomes the stange one.
I belive that Zorin is based on Ubuntu so most things should work OK.
- 03-27-2012 #7
For most hardware my experience with Linux is that it works better than with Windows. You often don't get the latest and greatest drivers for some stuff (especially video cards and cutting edge hardware) but at the same time, you don't have to go hunting for drivers for all your kit independently on the internet then hope you're downloading a virus free file before installing. For the last couple of years, I've been finding that when I make clean Linux installs everything has worked out-of-the-box with the sole exception of an Intel Atom motherboard which had a hardware bug that caused the video ports (VGA and a non-fitted hdmi) to be detected as separate screens - so I only got half the display. And even this was only a one-line tweak to the xorg conf to fix.
- 03-27-2012 #8
You might even be able to get the firmware for this Freecom DVB-T stick from the opensuse site:
You want the firmware file (the second on the list) - and you just copy it into your /lib/firmware directory.