Years ago, I donated my TV to someone else at home who needed it, just so we didn’t have to buy a new one and give up on buying the laptop that came to be Bluecore. More recently, everyone at home decided to buy new TVs for their own use to replace the old CRTs we’d been using for the last decade — so I was finally left as the one TV-less denizen of this fortress of insanity.
That’s no longer the case.
I have a TV of my own again, decidedly cheap as we didn’t buy it for ourselves, and it works — not that I couldn’t watch TV when I wanted already, since my desktop computer (Blackcore) does have an analog TV capture card that works nicely on Windows (Linux, namely X.org, on VIA IGPs is an atrocious disaster). Most notably, this is the only TV that came with VGA and audio cords, so I can also connect my laptops (or my desktop) to it, although I can only wonder why there’s no HDMI cord when that appears to be what cool kids use nowadays.
It’s not too useful either way, for the maximum resolution such a setup can handle is 1360x768 (albeit the manual claims 1366x768) — compare against Reicore and Bluecore’s native LCD panel resolution of 1280x800. I don’t care much about its purportedly actual function of serving as an entertainment device since local TV kind of died for me circa 2006, when it stopped broadcasting anything of my interest. I spend more time on computers doing work than watching videos or movies anyway.
As an aside note, it appears KDE SC 4.6.5 or X.org server 1.11 (in Debian wheezy right now) don’t handle display output switching very gracefully in regards to window geometries, and windows tend to become 0x0 (when plugging in the TV) or get tossed offscreen (when unplugging the TV). I won’t claim KDE’s window manager is perfect, but in my experience X.org is not the best piece of software found in current general-purpose Linux distributions and it could as well be literally made of explosives and still do its job in the most basic configurations.