Linux Inside Satellite TV Receivers

Talking about linux on a satellite tv receiver, you might straightly think about Enigma2. Why is that so? Because many people will refer to Enigma2 when they're asked about linux on an STB. In fact, there are still other kinds of linux used on the STB. For example, you may know about Fortis and Spark, and what about some receivers which use Guoxin GX6622.

Enigma is known to be the largest community supported linux STB since it is now Open Source, i.e you can find the source code to compile the image for your box based on the brand you have. It is easy to find the sources on github by the team, name it OpenPLi, OpenATV, OpenBH, and many more. These teams officially support some brands including the famous brand itself the DMM.

Beside the DMM, there are also other brands which also popular among the users: VU+, Dinobot, Amiko, Formuler, Mutant, Zgemma, and many more. If you find your box are still not supported yet, you may try to request to the people who involve in coding the Enigma2 to support yours. Do not hesitate to ask them, especially they are who doing the code for fun and self-challenge.

Different from the Enigma2, other linux STB such as Spark is not open source. It means the developer does not release their source code to compile the whole image. But, usually they release the SDK which you can use to build or compile a plugin for the receiver. Even the plugin from the developer is not an open source too (I haven't found yet a plguin released with its source code).

What about Guoxin GX6622, is it open source? As far as I know, there's a source code somewhere on github fully released to compile the image. But, I don't know whether it is the one used by the official developer or just a repo from the third party developer. At least it is being a fully linux.


  1. SIr I have a dvb with gx6605s unfortunately I installed wrong .bin file which only boots linux which is on usb please help me to revert the flash so that I can install .bin without uart if possible, auto recovery is not working on pressing ok on boox and ir remote is also not working please help me recover my dvb

    1. Have you tried re-flashing it with the bootloader from GSKY V8 RS232 Upgrade Tool?


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