And with this release comes an announcement.
I will no longer be supporting the EmuNation or Emun-sc codebases.
Instead I will be working on a new plugin called N3XT that is based upon the Emun-sc codebase as to be more compatible with the Linux folks.
The big difference between N3XT and EmuNation is that while EmuNation supported numerous encryption types,
N3XT will support only Nagra variants. Initially Nagra2 and hopefully someday Nagra3.
I figure VPlug does a better job than Emunation does for the other encryptions anyway.
N3XT will also support smartcard and cardsharing like Emun-sc does today.
There are currently no plans to have N3XT be open source. The reasons are varied, but it all came down to
the way the ECMs that took down EmuNation decreased when we went to the delayed source release model.
This significantly reduced downtime, and developer support time. That being said I anticipate there
will still be cooperation between Linux and Windows plugin developers with info and code sharing. The
code just won't be posted for general consumption.
The initial plan is that there will be N3XT releases for VS2008 runtime only.
But VS2005 support is a possibility if there is a need. I don't believe VS2005 runtime support is necessary
because only the Win9x and NT versions of windows cannot install the VS2008 runtime, and anyone using
these versions of Windows should be able to upgrade to at least XP. If you disagree with this decision
post about it with specific reasons why it should be supported.
The source for EmuNation above is the latest, and is complete. The only exception being that the Telefonica
(provider 7311) specific code has been removed by request. It should also be noted that there is a Nagra3 source module
included, but it is just a placeholder and does nothing Nagra3 related.
So if someone/group wants to pick up EmuNation and run with it, feel free. The more plugins the better!
With the change of plugin names I will also be changing my nick on DVBN to N3XT as well.
So when you see the first posts on the new plugin, know its me.
For those who wish to use N3XT, stay tuned to DVBN.