[gst-devel] streaming media to an x terminal

zaheer at grid9.net zaheer at grid9.net
Wed Mar 7 20:01:27 CET 2001

I am writing an RTP sink...and an RTP source..

This would be very handy for this kind of thing, where you have your media
on the network server, and have a GStreamer pipeline ending with an RTP

On the client, you could have a pipeline with an RTP source ending up to
the soundcard.

Hope this is handy, I hope to have the sink finihsed today,


On Wed, 7 Mar 2001, David L. Parsley wrote:

> Hi,
> Just a note for keeping an eye towards the future.  My college is
> starting to reallize the cost, administrative and performance benefits
> of returning to server-based computing.  I've been using an X terminal
> for about a year now, and you couldn't pry it away from me.
> I'm actually doing some development work on Linux-based terminals which
> boot from the network and then run pretty much entirely from ramdisks
> which are tftp'd from the server.  The performance and stability I enjoy
> is wonderful, but there are things that don't work well (currently) on
> such a terminal - streaming media is one of them.
> Lurking on the list for a few weeks now, I've seen some discussion about
> stretching the stream over the network, and just want to say 'YEAH
> BABY!!!'.  I've built a $300 intel 810 based terminal with a 600MHz
> celeron - this box should easily be able to handle a decent amount of
> media playing.  If I could build a Linux-based MEDIA TERMINAL, I think
> it would really help rocket Linux onto the corporate desktop.
> If any gstreamer developers are interested in this area, I'd be happy to
> help in the area of network terminals where I have expertise.  My C
> hacking skills are in pretty sad shape, though I've had to hack some on
> tftp and dhcpd for my project.
> Ideally, the terminal would only need a pretty thin wedge of software
> for decompressing and displaying/playing the stream - a big set of GNOME
> libraries would be bad, but an ORB would probably be doable.  Currently,
> a full X terminal is about 5M in compressed ramdisk.  I imagine that
> this figure may well double or treble, and with RAM prices as they are
> that's not so bad.
> In any case, I just wanted to point out a desired application of
> GStreamer for your consideration.  For more information on diskless
> terminals, feel free to visit:
> http://www.ltsp.org.
> This is another project which I've worked with; my own project is still
> too embryonic for a website.  (though at the moment I'm using a terminal
> based on my work)
> regards,
> 	David
> -- 
> David L. Parsley
> Network Administrator
> Roanoke College
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