January 1

Using OpenDMX in Linux

Enttec makes a handy little USB to DMX converter called OpenDMX. (DMX is the standard theatrical lighting control protocol – a serial protocol where up to 512 lights are daisy chained together). Several people have made Linux kernel drivers for this device – for example: the DMX4Linux project and Erwin Rol – however, at the time I got one of these dongles, they either didn’t work with the 2.6.x kernels or required compiling a kernel module (irritating when apt-get keep installing new ones requiring a module recompile…). So, I set about using another approach – using just the stock Linux serial drivers.

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