Decide what to do with TVboxes


Armbian officially does not support TV boxes and development is done mainly by Oleg (balbes150). There is some tendency to bring branch upstream and we already tried once. Without any plan and that attempt ofc failed

Then we forget about a bit and few months ago, Oleg came with some propositions and ideas to do something about since there are lots of cross posting, users are confused about support. Lots of question - we don't cover - lands outside forum TV boxes. Non-TV side mainly only move topics and posts there if they are open in general sections or chip bug tracker sections. But this is just a temporal solution.

There was also recently some users idea to do this, but I was not very happy to do all the work … people from the outside can’t do this without deep understanding of the problem. His motive was - to get rid of download from public servers, while for us this is not a small cost. Only to provide images for SBCs. So it is not something to just ignore.

We have to redefine our relationship, decide if we merge and see what we can do about?

Armbian mainstream has much better development support and has infrastructure, which is possible to share, but we don't want to extend end-support to fishy TV boxes hardware ...

How to solve this?

Without a plan and people that are familiar with internals is better not to start - we had a lesson once. We need a team on Armbian side (yet to be determined) and a team closer to Armbian TV boxes (need to be asked @balbes150 @jock @steeman @hexdump)

Then we meet and see what we can do about.

Users gets better value if we have one codebase. Not the same, but we can come up with something better as it is now.


  • Plan of executing

or explanation why we will not proceed on that.


October 25, 2020, 9:46 AM

Aight, I'll do that.

October 25, 2020, 7:55 AM


Igor Pecovnik
October 24, 2020, 8:56 PM

I think best is to move everything from forum TV boxes to Club Tv boxes and there close topics, which and if they need to be closed. Then make a permanent redirection from TV boxes forum to Club and remove that 1y later.

October 22, 2020, 8:49 AM

Then there is nothing much left to do. The forum is already read-only, so no closing is needed. Simply move topics you like to keep open to the club and we are done if agrees too.

October 22, 2020, 8:42 AM

If possible, I would prefer the second option (leave only useful topics), all other "junk" - delete (close).





Igor Pecovnik