Posted by: dogbix | 8 November 2009

Debian or Mythbuntu

In my previous MythTV box I had installed a minimal Debian system installed and added the debian-multimedia.org repository for MythTV, this worked very well and the install was quite straightforward. I also added hellion.org.uk repositories for ivtv modules (this provided the drivers for the Hauppauge PVR card).

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it but my MythTV box will be backend and frontend in one server. Ideally I would like to have the backend else where and the frontend as a quiet small PC behind the TV but the location of the cable TV port in the wall and not wanting to run cables around the house means that the backend needs to be behind the TV as well.

While I like the idea of installing or building the software yourself, it sometimes becomes awkward if the system gets broken and someone else in the household wants to use it. Also this system will be the only way of viewing digital cable TV as we only get the one chip card from Ziggo (our cable TV company) which will be in the MythTV system so it needs to be a reliable system.

Mythbuntu seems to be a very upmythbuntu.org to date and reliable system. A friend has stated that is seems to work ‘out of the box’ with the DVB-C and CA/CI module when used with Ziggo and posts like this show that the VDPAU support of the nvidia ION chipset working great as well. Plus it is built on the latest 9.10 Ubuntu.

I think I will go with Mythbuntu to start with and do a complete install of frontend and backed on my new hardware when it arrives. My first delivery is here, just waiting for the second which will hopefully be the next day or two.

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