MythTV Distributions

MythTV has a lot of different components and dependancies. It can can hours, if not days to get the right version of each thing MythTV depends on all installed and working together.

It doesn't have to be that way. Some people in the MythTV community have done a great job creating easy to install MythTV Linux distributions that are purpose built for running MythTV.

Generally the downside to using a MythTV distribution is that they format your hard drive and start from scratch. If you want to install MythTV on an existing system without losing your other Linux functionality and files, then a MythTV distribution isn't the route for you. However, if you have a PC you want to fully dedicate to MythTV, then these are a great option.

There are two popular MythTV Linux distributions, and many less popular ones. I suggest you stick with these two unless you have a good reason and prior MythTV experience.

The two most popular MythTV distributions, which I suggest you start with if you are new to MythTV are:

Primary MythTV Distributions

KnoppMyth

A Debian MythTV distribution, similar to, but not really based on Knoppix. View our KnoppMyth Screencast that shows how KnoppMyth can be installed in about 20 minutes. (Official KnoppMyth Site)

MythDora

A MythTV distribution built on Fedora. View the MythDora HOWTO and Screencast. (The Official MythDora Site)

Mythbuntu

In their words, it provides "an Ubuntu based MythTV distribution that is easy to configure, maintain, and use." Mythbuntu is the newest of the now three major distributions. Visit the official site.

Conclusion

If you like bleeding edge and constant releases, Mythbuntu's for you. If you're a linux geek and want this as a hobby, KnoppMyth may be your speed, and I don't mean that in a bad way. MythDora would be what would I suggest for a "just make it work" distribution.

If you have the time, I suggest you try each to see which one works better for you. I don't think one's really better than the other. Each one goes after a slightly different type of user.

If you have hardware problem with one, another may work for you.

Also, at 20 minutes to install KnoppMyth, and MythDora less than an hour, it's not that big of a deal to try them all if this is a system that you plan to use for a while.

Happy Installing!

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just wanted to toss it out

just wanted to toss it out there that there is a mythbuntu in the works, it is currently in public alpha 2

New LinuxMCE release adds a 3d gyro ui for Myth

The new release is now integrated with MythTV and gives it a gyro-controlled UI that lets you navigate long lists of media and the TV's EPG by waving, like a Wii, for fast, smooth control. Also wave to scan through your media and adjust volume and lights. There's a new demo walkthrough video on Google Video, and also available in high-def at linuxmce.org. Installation is 25 minutes and every step is shown starting with a clean PC.

Mythbuntu now included

Thanks for reminder to add Mythbuntu. I've updated the page.

Text says: "The two most

Text says: "The two most popular MythTV distributions, which I suggest you start with if you are new to MythTV are:" ... and then follows a list of 3 distributions.

One thing that I like very

One thing that I like very much about MythTv is the fact that it has more components as well as dependencies which I think is the sole reason why it has gathered so much attention over such a short period of time. Besides, the fact that other software’s are made each day for the purpose of installing this one makes it even more popular in my arguable opinion. One such is the KnoppMyth which I think helps in the installation of MythTV!Call Center

I made a notice. I can also

I made a notice. I can also get it to work outside it, like to be able to power off the PC or fire up MythTV? To me that would be the final icing on the cake. Slot Online

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I agree this is useless. Hope things will be better soon.

Yeah I didn't think it was

Yeah I didn't think it was very good either. There was a lot and buzz and talk about it but in the end it just didn't deliver. There are alternatives though. I saw one on this tech article site that I thought was good.

KnoppMyth

KnoppMyth could be very interesting distribution, I hope it will be in development. Cheers qlwik.

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Can we have some dates on pages and posts? It's hard to know what info is most relevant.

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Very interesting device :).

An Ubuntu based MythTV

An Ubuntu based MythTV distribution is what I was looking for. Can anybody tell me the email address of the supplier in CA?

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MythTV is having amazing has different mechanism and dependencies. You can get a real good version of Myth TV by just installed in few hours nursing tops

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MythTV Linux distributions

It's the first time that I hear about this easy to install MythTV Linux distributions, so it is quit einteresting to be honest. Hopefully, after I will take my fish oil supplements with honey, bread and read about the bee pollen benefit that could help my heart problems I will gladly come back to this wonderful website.

Need to mention that

Need to mention that Knoppmyth was the first Linux distribution geared at bring MythTV to the public.
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So when is mythbuntu slated

So when is mythbuntu slated to release?

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