Everyone has the skills to contribute to MythTV. Remember that MythTV is a combination of technical and non-technical efforts. There are many ways that you and your friends can contribute to improve MythTV even further.
Join us making your favorite media center even better than it already is today.
We welcome code contributions from anyone, whether you have a small fix or a new feature, a lot of programming experience or none at all. Learn more about writing code for MythTV here.
MythTV is primarily written in C++. Feel free to talk to us about your code and experiments in our mailinglists and chatgroups. Or code something up and submit it as a patch or feature to us. Find out how you can communicatie with other users and developers on our Community page.
If you are more into design and graphics you will like the theme possibilities in MythTV to create new looks for the users to look at.
Theming can be as simple and complex as you want it to be. The best way to get started building your own theme is by experimenting with an existing theme or by reading the Theme development guide.
Users have the possibility to extend their system with extra functionality by simply adding plugins. Users and developers can write their own plugins that run within MythTV and can be controlled by remote. A fast and easy way to get started is by taking a small existing plugin to start with (e.g. MythWeather). You can also choose to read the Plug-in development guide.
Provide assistance to other users on our mailinglists and IRC-channels. Learn more here
Testing the latest version of MythTV is very important and timesaving for the developers. One does not need to be a developer to retreive the latest code and run it on their machine. But you do need to be aware that going to unstable/development code implies a certain responsibility on the user's part to debug their own problems, file useful bugreports, and be able to downgrade or upgrade accordingly to fix issues. Find out how to get the latest code and run it on your machine here.
If you have language skills, you can work on internationalizing/translating the product. This is needed in the core system as well as in the plugins. Read more about it here and join the mailing list here.
Documentation always has room for improvement and often lags behind features. Improving the documentation to makes it easier for new users and developers to get started with MythTV. Which is important for MythTV to grow and improve. Find suggestion about where to start on the Documentation suggestions page.
Still not sure how to help?
You can help bringing MythTV to the rest of us in various ways. Some examples are: write articles about MythTV, help new MythTV users with their problems in forums, and chatrooms, etc.