Black Hole Vu+ Solo 1.7.4 Parallel Universes
What is new?
Parallel universes system. Four dimensions available (see explanation below)
Red Panel (1 x red) : Parallel Universes Teleportation
Stream Tv Player (IPTV RTSP/RTMP protocols)
3G modem manager plugin
Wireless Access point implementation
Dvbapp updated to 6 May 2012
New BH splash logo by Army
Parallel universes graphics (mvi and spinners) by Army
About Parallel Universes feature
"The history of Black Hole 1.7.4 begins one night when I was watching a movie
documentary on Pixar.
I got the strange idea to try to reverse the traditional pattern logical:
new technical possibilities -> new implementation in the firmware.
And try to think of a new implementation from the perspective of the history of our name and image.
Look to our software as the metaphor of a small world from the angle of the black hole."
Following the logic used by meo (the visionary meo), we will introduce the new implementation
"Parallel Universes" of Black Hole 1.7.4 using two different criteria: Explanation metaphorical
and technical explanation.
1) Human metaphorical.
"Dear Black Hole users.
We started this journey together long ago in our Black Hole world
exploring together all the potential and all the possibilities that we have
We went deeper and deeper and now we are near the core of our small world.
And the horizon suddenly opens and multiplies and we find it hard to keep
orientation. It seems that our space and reality double's itself once and then once again.
In each space we have all our things and we discover that we can move from one space to another
making minor changes to each".
Imagine for a moment that the Black Hole firmware is our little world in which we move
and we use our things.
We install our favourite plugins, our skins, our hidden software, and we
prepare our beautiful channels list with our favourite bouquets.
Now imagine that without having to install another image, we can enter another world,
being able to restart our universe, we have the possibility of access to parallel dimensions.
Imagine 4 dimensions (or universes) and imagine we assign these names to identify:
1) Black Hole
When we install the image we are in in the Black Hole universe, we have the default plugins,
the default skin, no strange or forbidden software and no channels list.
In addition, our world is physically limited to the size of the flash in which we reside that can
be really small in some boxes like the Vu+ solo.
Now imagine that we have the exact same things in all four dimensions at the time of
creation of our world with the only difference that the other dimensions being able to reside on a
different space (USB stick) are much larger and offer us the opportunity to take advantage of universes
of many Gigabytes. Also the other dimensions, being a projection of our starting size,
not occupy any space at all leaving the field free for our things.
Imagine you can jump easily and at will from one dimension to another without complicated
operations and in very little time.
How do we organize the worlds?
Simply based on our needs.
Imagine extending our parallel universes in an 8 Gigabyte usb stick.
We also keep in mind that if we start the box without the usb stick, the parallel dimensions on which they
reside will disappear and leave only our "Black Hole" base image.
Our universes all start from our Black Hole, but we can make small changes in each
without affecting the others.
If I am simply a user that owned a Vu+ Solo and I just want to be able to have extra space to fill my image with
many skins many plugins and add-on software, I will leave blank the base Black Hole and I will choose to
live entirely within the single "Avalon" dimension in order to have available all 8 Gigabytes of my world for
the fun to add whatever I want.
If I am a crafty user, using the box to watch TV in the evening with family (and maybe with small children)
and do not want in the channel list the bouquets for adults or in plugins like youporn and so on,
I will be able to configure the "Black Hole" universe, with the channel list and plugins without any comprimise
(no bouquets or plugins for adults) and only use this universe for the family use of the box.
At the same time I can configure the "Ghost" universe with all the bouquets and plugins (adult) that I like. I can then
move from one universe to another depending on if I am using the box alone or with my family.
If I am a paranoid user and I want to install in the box software that I do not want to be accessible to others.
I would install all my private applications in the "Ghost" universe and I will unplug my usb stick when I turn off
the box in order to eliminate any physical trace of all the files that I do not want to be accessible to anyone else.
Anyone could then power on the box, but will only find the simple base Black Hole image.
Finally, if I am an advanced user that likes to install and test all plugins conceivable and perhaps
also try to code my own applications but I use the box for the usual watching TV with the family and I don't want to
risk comprimising the basic image, I will install everything I need in the base "Black Hole" dimension for normal
household use and have fun jumping in the dimension "Chaos" where I will be able 'to install everything I want and
do all the experiments possible without risk of damaging the basic image normally used.
2) Technical explanation.
The new implementation present in the Black Hole 1.7.4 from a technical point of view exploits the ability of Linux
to merge into a single file system different directories, assigning priorities to one or other, and allowing
to modify "on fly" their attributes.
Combining all these possibilities, it is possible to use different settings and directories while remaining in one
Technically inside there is not a multiple installation or duplicated .
It is only noted that the contents differ depending on whether there is moving in one branch or in another.
Combining all the changes you get the effect of having one image but with 4 "different contexts".
In each context (what we called metaphorically dimension or universe) we can install our plugins, our settings and our
software and anything else we want: In another context we can install different things.
At the beginning the contexts are all equal because they are a projection of the image just installed.
But all the changes we make in each context after installation, are individual and non of them are not reflected in the
The real novelty of it all lies in the idea and approach adopted by meo, to get to this new way to exploit the
potential of our beloved boxes.
Appendix: Black Hole laws of physics.
Brief notes on the theory of parallel universes of the Black Hole.
To move smoothly between different parallel universes and understand the principles that regulate the interactions
We need to mention briefly some principles of physical laws that apply in our Black Hole.
1) Theory of the prevalence of the array.
We have seen that our universes consist of an array native (Black Hole) which resides in a space
unique and separate and three other parallel universes (Avalon Chaos and Ghost) that share the same space.
We have seen that the parallel universes are all on the same level but completely independent of one another.
Everything that happens in one of the parallel universes does not affect others and not even influence the matrix (Black Hole).
We can then say that all parallel universes work the same way but are completely independent.
However there is a fundamental difference between the original matrix (Black Hole) and the other parallel universes.
Since all parallel universes are a projection of the original matrix, what is happening in the array can
influence the parallel universes in so far as these are not yet changed.
In other words, on an equal footing the matrix reality prevails on parallel worlds.
For example: If I install the skin XX in the Black Hole Universe (original array) and I already installed skin XX
in the Unvierse Avalon, they do not interfere in any way with each other and the changes made in 1 Universe or another
are independent. But if I install the skin YY in the Black Hole (original array) and I never installed the skins YY in Avalon it
will appear automatically in Avalon.
So if something is created or added in the original array and it does not yet exist in the Parallel Universe the same thing will
be automatically exported into the Parallel Universes.
This happens because it is the initial matrix that creates the reality and projects it in all parallel universes which
follow their path and can then be modified at will.
2) Theory of the effects of Big Bang in the Black Hole.
As we have explained many times, the parallel universes of the Black Hole are "projections" of the main matrix.
In practice they are created from the array as their extensions (parallel dimensions) at the time of the Big Bang and
at a time when the whole mass of all universes implode and then re-merge.
We can therefore say that the Big Bang is composed of two stages:
-implosion: concentration of all universes in the same mass.
-explosion: expansion of mass and size projection.
From all this it follows that at the time of the Big Bang all parallel universes implode when they touch and go to merge
within the original Matrix (Black Hole). It was completely destroyed and then reabsorbed (cease to exist).
Then the moment of explosion parallel universes are recreated but are completely new, i.e Startto exist as well as projections (simple copies)
of the original matrix.So if you want to create a Black Hole Big Bang Universe, remember that you must first be on the safe Original matrix (Black Hole)
or you'll be destroyed along with parallel universes. And remember that all your data in parallel universes will also be destroyed and lost.
WARNING: This Image is not compatible with the previous skins
WARNING: This Image has the latest drivers and CAN NOT be installed in multiboot.
The image MUST be installed in the flash.
Black Hole can not support images not installed in the flash.
This latest version of the Black Hole series has been entirely rewritten and improved in the code for maximum stability and performance.
Please note that of all images Black Hole now has the best epg system:
- Integrated OpenEpg
- Rytec dedicated epg.dat
- New system epg.dat outside.
This last feature gives the possibility to various forums or communities to create their favorite EPG data files and load them into a web space.
Community members can then download it from our servers.
This feature provides other benefits such as:
Increase download speed of EPG
Download EPG from any channel
Schedule the download of EPG decoder even during standby
Users can customize the providers using Add / Remove function
Main functions of the buttons on the remote
OK button = Skin with simple information
OK button x 2 = Extra Info Skin
Blue button = Black Hole Blue Panel
Blue button and then Red button = Black Hole Epg Panel
Blue button and then Yellow button = System Monitor Panel
Blue button long press = Extensions
Yellow button = Time Shift
Green button = Black Hole Green Panel
Green button long press = Subservices
Green button and then Red button = Fast Plugin Setup
Green button x 2 = Fast Plugin
Button Red = Red Panel (Parallel Universes Teleportation)
Green button and then Yellow button takes you to:-
Dedicated server for BlackHole addons
Download and install additional packages from the Black Hole server
Infobar / OSD
Analog Clock Gui
Channel orbital location
Advanced Tuner Info: Sr Freq Pol Fec
Signal SNR, BER
Characteristics of BlackHole Panels
Black Hole Cron Manager (Manage schedules)
OSD Settings (OSD configuration)
Usb Format Wizard
Kernel Modules Manager(Kernel module operator)
Inadyn Settings (Configure Inadyn)
Swap File Settings (Configure File Swap)
Hard Disk Settings (Configure Hard Drive)
OpenVPN Panel ( OpenVPN Panel)
Samba / CIFS Panel ( Samba Panel)
NFS Server Panel ( NFS server Panel)
Telnet Panel ( Telnet Panel)
FTP Panel ( FTP Panel)
UPnP Client Djmount
UPnP Server Mediatomb
Network Browse & Mountpoints
1 - Gui Setting (Gui configurations)
2 - Service Information (information system)
3 - About (info)
Global settings (global settings EPG)
Setting Provider (ISP settings)
Fast Plugin Setup (Configure quick access to your favourite plugin)
Fast Plugin (Access your favourite plugin)
Addons Download Manager (Manager for package downloading)
Installation manual packages (Manual installation of Black Hole packages)
Manual Install IPK packages (Manual installation of IPK packages)
Addons Uninstall Panel (Uninstalled packages)
Black Hole Statistics (See connections, top downloads and more)
Characteristics of BlackHole Panels
BH Parallel Universe Teleportation
Thanks to Pedro_Newbie for Backup script
Thanks to the group of Beta Testers.
Thanks to Rytec for providing us with the server with all epg.dat files.
Thanks to MaxZ4 for Integrated EPG loader.
Thanks to Skaman for Cross EPG
Thanks to Lukkino (VDR-Italy) for the source code of OpenTV.
Thanks to Reinh@rd for the file satellites.xml.
Thanks to ambrosa (Pli Board) for ready-to-go A867 driver patch
THE BLACK HOLE IMAGE IS BASED ON THE OFFICIAL FIRMWARE PUBLISHED BY VU+ AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW IT CONTAINS ONLY SYSTEM ADDITIONS & GRAPHIC CHANGES.
THE BLACK HOLE IMAGE DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY EMULATOR, K E Y S, SOFTCAMS OR OTHER SYSTEM FOR VIEWING PAY - TV WITH OR WITHOUT A PAID SUBSCRIPTION.
LASTLY, THE BLACK HOLE IMAGE DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY SYSTEM TO DOWNLOAD PLUGINS OR EMULATORS FROM EXTERNAL SERVERS OR SOFTWARE THAT MAY BE USED FOR ILLEGAL PURPOSES SUCH AS CARD SHARING.
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