On this page you'll find overview of possibilities the MythTV community uses to communicate to each other.
MythTV is a opensource project, it's built and maintained by the community. So we rely on each other to be helpful and document problems and their solutions. For MythTV to be able to grow and support a large number of users, it is very important that we are clear, concise, and respectful of others and their time.
It's good to know that the users sections are also used for technical questions, installation problems, etc. The developer sections are only for coding specific topics. So the user sections are in general the place to start when having questions our problems, quite a few of the users are in fact developers.
The mailinglist is the preferred way to communicate with each other so users and developers can search the archives for information, very much like a forum.
For general discussions about using MythTV, problems, etc., you should subscribe to the mythtv-users mailing list. This is where general discussions go on. You can also use the searchable archives to find out what's been going on lately.
If you're thinking about submitting code to Myth, you need to subscribe to the mythtv-dev mailing list. This is where discussion about patches, new features, and bugs goes on. You can also use the searchable archives to find out what's been going on lately.
Chat groups (IRC)
The advantagege of IRC chat is it's faster. If there's someone around who knows what is causing your problem, you might be able to get an answer instantly. The disadvantage is there may *not* be someone around who knows where your problem is coming from. If you *do* get an answer, there's no record of it -- as there would be if you'd asked on a mailing list -- so others can't benefit from it.
Chat is best for lightweight questions, especially those about installation and compiling and not so much for long involved questions that are dependent on your installation and its parameters.
You can visit the MythTV users IRC channel to talk to other MythTV users (in real time) and share your know how or ask questions. You can visit this chat channel by clicking the following link:
IRC webclient - http://java.freenode.net/index.php?channel=mythtv-users
If you have an IRC client program, and know how to use it, you can visit the MythTV users IRC channel using your favorite IRC tool by using the following information:
#mythtv-users on Freenode - irc://irc.freenode.net/#mythtv-users
you can visit the MythTV developers IRC channel to talk to other developers (in real time) and share your know how or ask questions. You can visit this chat channel by clicking the following link:
IRC webclient - http://java.freenode.net/index.php?channel=mythtv
If you have an IRC client program, and know how to use it, you can visit the MythTV developers IRC channel using your favorite IRC tool by using the following information:
#mythtv on Freenode - irc://irc.freenode.net/#mythtv
This channel is for developers only, its topic typically reminds you that it is not a user support venue.
There are several places you can go to ask questions. Each has advantages and disadvantages, both for you and for other people. Before asking questions your should read the page about "How to ask questions".