Friday, September 3, 2010

Mythtv revisited with Mythbuntu

image 4 years ago I built a HTPC using Fedora and the experience was miserable,  I had given up on a linux HTPC and moved to Windows and was relatively happy until my S.M.A.R.T. drive reported impending doom.  I had to save my data and rebuilt my server,  which made me want to revisit RAID 1 (mirroring) and Linux.  From my experience, linux was going to be an uphill battle so I picked a path of least resistance with Mythbuntu (  and I was very pleasantly surprised.  I have a 3ware raid controller which is very easily supported across all linux platforms (3ware 8006) with a ASUS M2N-E motherboard with a nvidia graphics card (Gigabyte 8400GS 512MB GV) .  I recommend a fanless graphics card. 


I installed Mythbuntu and my mce remote and everything worked like a charm out of the box, AMAZING!  I had to turn off the display blanking and uninstall the xscreensaver but that was relatively easy.  Just add the following lines to your xorg.conf


Section "ServerFlags"
Option "blank time" "0"
Option "standby time" "0"
Option "suspend time" "0"
Option "off time" "0"

I also installed Miro, Subsonic, and qbittorrent.  Miro for mobile video streaming, Subsonic for mobile audio,  and qbittorrent for rss torrent downloads.

I dont use Mythtv instead I use boxee which I launch from mythtv via the following addition to the mythtv menu


<mythmenu name="MAIN">


<action>EXEC /opt/boxee/run-boxee-desktop</action>

On day two I am very pleased with the progress of Mythbuntu as Boxee box.

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