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    SubjectRe: Bootscreen
    Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk <> said:


    > You'll never send an engineer out to replace a set-top-box. You'll just
    > wait for the customer to return the box and send out a new one. Software
    > doesn't fail on those - it's some 99.9% hardware failure. If you get a
    > hang or panic or something, the boxes usually have watchdogs to take care
    > of that (and then reboot automatically). The average computer-frightened
    > user getting an STB from the VoD/IPTV company (or her ISP) don't want to
    > see any kernel gibberish. They just want a nice splash screen telling
    > them "everything's gonna be alright in 45 seconds" or something. Trouble
    > shooting is done in the lab after the box is returned

    Right. And this is a very specialized application, where the vendor will
    install a heavily hacked system anyway, as they won't have standard VGA or
    keyboard or...

    It has no relevance whatsoever to the standard, for-your-typical-box
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