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An Addon is an umbrella term for the existing Plugins (extensions) of the Dreambox images. You differentiate based on the kind of extension (Addon). They are usually offered either as Tarballs (.tar.bz2 und .tar.gz) or as IPKG-Dateien (.ipk) angeboten.
Gemini uses the following kinds of extensions. An "original" Gemini-Addon is either archived (tar) under Linux or packed (bz2 oder gz) file. The usually end by xyz.tar.bz2 or xyz.tar.gz. Those extensions are called "Gemini-Tarballs".
old Tarballs (.tar.bz2)
These were packed as bz2 and were used until Gemini 3.9 in Enigma and until Gemini 3.0 in Enigma2. This means that these tarballs should not be used with newer images.
new Tarballs (.tar.gz)
Beginning with Gemini 4.0 (Enigma) and Gemini 3.0 (Enigma2) the Bluepanel was redesinged and the Gemini-Addons were renamed to avoid mistakes.
Extensions are now beginning with "e1" (Enigma) and "e2" (Enigma2). So you can see at first sight, whether it is a geminitarball or not and for wich version it is developed
Again, the geminitarballs are named by the following system: for Enigma-Boxes:
It doens't matter which of the following categories the plugins are in:
The use of IPKG-files (.ipk) were established through OE (OpenEmbedded) at the Enigma2-Images, currently used at the following boxes:
Most of the new extensions (addons) für Enigma2 are offered mainly as IPKG-Files. This is an advantage for the developers or the extensions, because they often can be implemented directly to the OE and therefore can be offered for alle dreambox images in the same way.