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    Default What is the difference in Emulator & Plugin

    Can someone tell me what is the difference in Emulators & Plugin. I have some idea about plugin but what Emulators do in Dream box?

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    Of the most important modifications, or better said supplements, which you will encounter are the so-called emu's in the alternative images. Emu stands for emulator, or better said: CAM emulator. Such an emu makes it possible for you to use the internal cardreaders.

    For example when you have a subscription on Canal+ (Seca 2) it is not especially necessary to buy a Seca CAM, it is possible you uses the emu which supports your Seca card. You even can decide which cardreader you want to use: the upper, bottom or both. Of the additional (for some even most important) options of such emu is that it can work even without a card. You need the keys of an original card, but if you have then, you can insert them in a special intended file.

    But there is a thing which you must know concerning the location of the keys and how the Dreambox/Emu handles with that. That is regulated by the option Key Files (to see screenshot). You can choose in nearly all Emu's between/var/tmp and/var/keys (or like above shortened reflected tmp).

    The keys are stored in the directory /var/keys, but..... the moment you start up the Dreambox, a copy of the var/keys directory is made to the directoy /var/tmp. With those keys in the directory /var/tmp the emulator starts to work. And when you turn off the Dreambox yourselve, a copy to the oponened side /var/keys is made.

    When you want to do a key-update, you must do it therefore in the /var/tmp directory. If you does not do that there but into the /var/keys directory the new keys automatically get overwritten at the next time that you turn off the Dreambox.


    As above described, a part of the application software comes along as a component of an image. But the software does not have to work as an integrated component in the operating system. You can build also independent working software which functionings independently from the other software modules (plugins).

    Back to the windows surroundings as an example: Microsoft shove nowadays all kinds of applications in Windows and call then that it is an entirely incorporated whole. But think of Internet Explorer, already your accessories such as computer, disk defragmenter etc. etc. But for all those incorporated components are also loose to find alternatives of other suppliers who works just as well or sometimes even better.

    The plugins of the Dreambox are always simply to retrieve. If you have installed them well, they arrive automatically in the plugin-menu. That plugin-menu is opened by using the blue button on your remote control.

    Plugins are in fact loose software modules which are available of the blue button of your remote control. Some programmers love of it to present their software as an integral part of the enigma interface. I cannot withdraw myself to the impression that they want to prove their expertly. Nearly all enigma acquired modifications which I have encountered so far, can become also realised by providing them as a plugin.

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