I spent the last few days working on some basic quality problems with the KWorld 2800d (an em2860/saa7113 design). It would seem that I uncovered a bug that was introduced almost four years ago which would have resulted in reduced quality for all saa7113 based products. I’m also working on a couple of formatting bugs on the em28xx.
I took a bit of time this evening and started looking at the code that Abilis provided for the as102. The chip in question is used in the PCTV 74e (otherwise known as the picoStick). PCTV Systems pushed for the code’s release under the GPL, and they deserve the credit for yet again helping out the Linux community (something I hope readers will remember when considering their next tuner purchase).
The firmware is also being released under terms that allow it to be freely redistributed with the Linux distributions, which means once we get this upstream then users will have a completely plug-and-play experience.
The code is going to need some cleanup before it will be accepted upstream, as well as testing. I’ll also be putting out a “call for testers” so users can provide feedback before it goes upstream. So if you own one of these devices and are looking for Linux support, stay tuned!