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A computer '''operating system''' (OS) that will run MythTV includes many "flavors" of [[Linux]], [[Mac OS X]], and [[FreeBSD]]. MythTV was originally built on Linux, but has been extended to a couple other platforms, including Mac OS X (frontend only) and FreeBSD.
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A computer '''operating system''' (OS) that will run MythTV includes many "flavors" of [[Linux]], [[Mac OS X]], and [[FreeBSD]]. MythTV was originally built on Linux, but has been extended to other platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X and FreeBSD.
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== Linux distributions ==
 
== Linux distributions ==
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* New major release version 0.04
 
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=== [[Image:Debianlogo.png|alt DebianLogo]]Debian ===
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===[[Image:Debianlogo.png|alt DebianLogo]]Debian GNU/Linux===
[http://www.debian.org/ Debian] is a widespread distribution, Debian has a huge community and is probably the most 'free' and socially driven distribution - an excellent choice and MythTV is well supported. There are a couple of guides:
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[http://www.debian.org/ Debian GNU/Linux] is a widespread distribution; it has a huge community and is probably the most "free" and socially driven distribution — an excellent choice and MythTV is well supported.
* [http://www.wilson-stowe.com/mythtv/installguide Mythtv Installation Guide for Debian]
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* '''www.geocities.com/dlou99/mythtv.html''' Debian Guide (disabled the link, to bypass the Spam Filter --[[User:Gregturn|Gregturn]] 20:51, 6 April 2006 (UTC))
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There are a couple of guides:
* [http://www-isl.mach.uni-karlsruhe.de/~hi93/myth/mythtv_debian_epia_pvr350_walkthrough Another Debian Guide]
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* You can also check out Pluto Home (see below) which is a preinstalled Debian Core distribution with MythTV included.
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Currently MythTV is not in the main Debian repositories, current plan is to get 0.27-fixes accepted. Until this happens the best way is to follow the guide to building your own .deb packages.
There are also several [http://mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Special:Search?search=debian&fulltext=Search debian pages in the wiki].
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*[[Build_from_Source| Guide for building from Source]]
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*[[Installing_MythTV_on_Debian_Etch|Installation guide for MythTV on Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 ('etch')]] - Old and no longer recommended.
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There are also several [http://mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Special:Search?search=debian&fulltext=Search Debian pages in this wiki].
  
 
=== [[Image:Fedora.png]] Fedora ===
 
=== [[Image:Fedora.png]] Fedora ===
[http://fedora.redhat.com/ Fedora] is a very popular distro - especially well supported by the famous [http://wilsonet.com/mythtv/ Jarod's Guide]. Some work is also being done to write a single "kickstart" script based from Jarod's Guide.  You can find this script [http://forum.linuxisahobby.com/ here]
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[http://fedoraproject.org/ Fedora] is a very popular distro.
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* Follow the local wiki page:  [[Installing_MythTV_on_Fedora | Installing MythTV on Fedora]].  This page describes the process very well and is based on the http://rpmfusion.org repository.
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http://atrpms.net has a broader range of related drivers etc, while http://rpmfusion.org has a broader range of other applications, so using a combination of them might in some cases be a good idea.
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[[:Category:Fedora]] - All internal pages on Fedora.
  
You can also check out [[Operating_system#MythDora|MythDora]] (see below) which is a preinstalled Fedora Core distribution with MythTV included.
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Other general support for PPC on Fedora can be found at [http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PlayStation PlayStation page].  [http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PlayStation/BDRemote A detailed remote page also exists].
  
There is also the [http://www.pogmech.net/~ral/mythtv/mythtv-fc2-build.txt Fedora Core 2 Guide]
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Historical information is available at the, now defunct, "[http://www.mythdora.com/ MythDora]" distribution
  
 
===[[Image:Gentoo.png]] Gentoo===
 
===[[Image:Gentoo.png]] Gentoo===
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Gentoo MythTV setup guides:
 
Gentoo MythTV setup guides:
* [http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Setup_MythTV Gentoo-Wiki.com Guide (2.6 kernel] - ''very'' complete
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* [http://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/MythTV Gentoo-Wiki.com Guide (2.6 kernel)] - ''very'' complete
* [http://home.comcast.net/~alf_park/mythtv.html Gentoo Guide (2.6 kernel)] - out of date
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<!--* [http://home.comcast.net/~alf_park/mythtv.html Gentoo Guide (2.6 kernel)] - out of date Gone -->
* [http://www.punkrockworld.it/mythwiki/wiki.asp?db=MythWiki&o=InstallWithGentoo Install MythTV System (2.6 kernel)]
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Official Gentoo MythTV Guide:
 
Official Gentoo MythTV Guide:
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* [[Kanotix From Scratch]]
 
* [[Kanotix From Scratch]]
  
=== [[Image:Knoppmyth.png]] [[KnoppMyth]] ===
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=== [[Image:LinHES.png]] LinHES ===
[http://mysettopbox.tv/knoppmyth.html KnoppMyth] is probably the easiest way to install MythTV. After all - that's what it was made to do. It's mainly oriented towards dedicated Myth boxes (though of course it runs a complete GNU/Linux OS so no worries about serving music or other files). Insert the CD into a 'blank' PC and you'll be running Myth after a few minutes. It's Knoppix-based (a Debian derivative) and, as a special trick, MythFrontend will run from the CD without installing.
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LinHES (Linux Home Entertainment System) is a Linux distribution that centers around MythTV.
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The project aims to make creating and maintaining a Home Theater PC as simple as possible.
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A blank system can be transformed to a fully functional HTPC in around 20 minutes.
  
* [http://www.mysettopbox.tv/ Main Site]
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LinHES is the successor of the deprecated KnoppMyth distribution
* [http://www.mysettopbox.tv/doc.html Install Documentation]
 
* [http://mysettopbox.tv/phpBB2/ Official Forums]
 
* [http://www.knoppmythwiki.org/ KnoppMythWiki]
 
* [http://www.knoppmythwiki.org/?id=KnoppMythInstall KnoppMythWiki Install Guide]
 
  
=== [[Image:Mandrake.png]] Mandrake ===
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=== [[Image:Mandrake.png]] Mandriva ===
[http://www.mandrake.com/ Mandrake] - Another of the big distributions - and there's a [http://users.bigpond.net.au/GympieElectronicService/mythtvHowTo/HTML/mythtv.html Mandrake Guide] too.
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[http://www.mandriva.com/ Mandriva] - One of the big distributions (formally known as Mandrake) with a large community of users. The distribution uses RPM packages similar to Red Hat and Fedora.  The MythTV RPMs for Mandriva are available from the [http://plf.zarb.org PLF] mirrors as Mandriva does not include them in the distribution. Several guides are available to aid the setup of MythTV:
* There's also the [http://www.byopvr.com/Sections+index-req-viewarticle-artid-13-page-1.html Setting up MythTV under Mandrake 10.1 Guide]
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* [http://www.mythtv.org/modules.php?name=MythInstall MythTV Instalation Guide] contains Mandriva specific information.
* The [http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/MythTV MythTV How-To wikibook] uses Mandrake as an example
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Other guides which describe the install process for older releases of the distribution are also available:
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* [http://users.on.net/~emerson/mythtv/ Mandriva 2006 MythTV setup] VIA EPIA SP13000/DVB-T, includes creating an antoinstall CD.
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* [http://groundstate.ca/c3mythtv Mandriva EPIA C3 MythTV Box HowTo] describes how to build a fully working MythTV system using a VIA EPIA SP13000 motherboard and Mandriva 2005.
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* [http://www.byopvr.com/Sections+index-req-viewarticle-artid-13-page-1.html Setting up MythTV under Mandrake 10.1 Guide]
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* [http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/MythTV MythTV How-To Wikibook] uses Mandrake 10.1 as an example
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* [http://users.bigpond.net.au/GympieElectronicService/mythtvHowTo/HTML/mythtv.html How to install MythTV on Mandrake 10.0]
  
 
=== MiniMyth ===
 
=== MiniMyth ===
[[Minimyth]] was originally developed to boot over a network and run [[MythFrontend]] on diskless Via EPIA mainboards that have either CLE266 or CN400 hardware MPEG2 decoders (e.g. Via EPIA M or Via EPIA SP mainboards). This is great for 'satellite' systems - like having one in the bedroom or kitchen...
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[[Minimyth]] was originally developed to boot over a network and run [[mythfrontend]] on diskless Via EPIA mainboards that have either CLE266 or CN400 hardware MPEG2 decoders (e.g. Via EPIA M or Via EPIA SP mainboards). This is great for 'satellite' systems - like having one in the bedroom or kitchen...
  
 
Minimyth[http://www.linpvr.org] has since evolved to support more hardware and different boot methods.
 
Minimyth[http://www.linpvr.org] has since evolved to support more hardware and different boot methods.
  
=== http://resources.mini-box.com/online/iMedia%20MythTV%20Linux/imedia-mythtv-linux.gif [[iMedia MythTV]] ===
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=== [[Image:imedia.gif]] [[iMedia MythTV]] ===
[http://www.mini-box.com/s.nl/sc.8/category.17/it.A/id.421/.f iMedia MythTV] is smallest out-of-the-box MythTV distribution for Via EPIA mainboards. It fits in 128Mb Compact Flashes (including 2 weeks of program info) and has ability to store recordings to external usb drives, harddrives, NFS mounts. Is designed to run without any configuration on VIA mainboards and Hauppauge PVR like cards. Support for other hardware can be provided thru custom packages. Includes optimised kernel for i686 and Eden CPU and XWindows drivers for MPEG/3D/DRI acceleration.
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[http://www.imedialinux.com/imedia_mythtv iMedia MythTV] is smallest out-of-the-box MythTV distribution for Via EPIA mainboards. It fits in 128Mb Compact Flashes (including 2 weeks of program info) and has ability to store recordings to external usb drives, harddrives, NFS mounts. Is designed to run without any configuration on VIA mainboards and Hauppauge PVR like cards. Support for other hardware can be provided thru custom packages. Includes optimised kernel for i686 and Eden CPU and XWindows drivers for MPEG/3D/DRI acceleration.
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=== [[Image:mythbuntu.png]] Mythbuntu ===
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[http://www.mythbuntu.org Mythbuntu], Mythbuntu is an Ubuntu derivative focused upon setting up a standalone MythTV system. Currently, it is a recognized as a community supported project by Canonical. Mythbuntu can be used to install a stand alone [[mythfrontend]], [[mythbackend]], or combination machines. Unlike similar projects, Mythbuntu keeps close ties with Ubuntu and all development is given back to the Ubuntu Community. This allows easy conversions from a standard desktop to a Mythbuntu machine and vice versa. The development cycle of Mythbuntu closely follows that of Ubuntu, releasing every six months shortly after Ubuntu releases.
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* [http://www.mythbuntu.org Main Site]
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* [http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=301 Official Forums]
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* [http://www.mythbuntu.org/documentation/mythbuntu_installation.pdf Installation Manual (PDF)]
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=== [[Image:suselogo.png]] openSUSE ===
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[http://www.opensuse.org openSUSE], The openSUSE project is a community program sponsored by [http://www.novell.com Novell]. With the launch of the openSUSE project, openSUSE is now developed in an open model—public development builds, releases, and sources will be posted frequently here and you will have access to our Bugzilla database for defect reporting.
  
=== http://g-ding.tv/themes/pushbutton/Site_logo.png [[MythDora]] ===
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{{SUSE_head|mythTV wiki articles}}
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{{Wikipage|OpenSuSE 11.3|OpenSuSE 11.3}}
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{{Wikipage|Opensuse 11.0 - 11.2|Opensuse 11.0 - 11.2}}
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{{Wikipage|opensuse_10.3|openSUSE 10.3}}
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{{Wikipage|opensuse_10.2|openSUSE 10.2}}
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{{Wikipage|Upgrading_from_0.20.2_to_0.21_on_Suse_10.2_from_Packages_--_Rhulme|openSUSE 10.2 upgrade mythTV packages}}
  
[http://www.g-ding.tv/ MythDora] is a Fedora Core and MythTV "All-In-One" CD. The CD will load a preconfigured Fedora Core 4 installation on your computer as well as install and configure MythTV-0.19. There are extras included with MythDora such as MythBurn, MediaMVP and MythStreamTV for some extra fun.
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{{SUSE_head|International}}
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{{Webpage|www.mythtv.nl/wiki/index.php/Opensuse_10.3|openSUSE 10.3 mythTV wiki page on mythtv.nl (Dutch)}}
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{{Webpage|mythwiki.de/index.php|openSUSE page on mythwiki.de (German)}}
  
* [http://g-ding.tv/ Main Site]
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{{SUSE_head|Additional sources}}
* [http://mythtv.150m.com/screenshots/screenshots.htm Custom Install Documentation]
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{{Webpage|benkevan.com/wiki/|Ben Kevenan's openSUSE 10.3/mythTV pages}}
* [http://g-ding.tv/?q=forum Official Forums]
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{{Webpage|www.acaciaclose.co.uk|MultiMedia and Digital TV with openSUSE - acaciaclose.co.uk}}
* [http://www.mythdorawiki.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page MythDora Wiki]
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{{Webpage|jarpack.net/mythtv|JArpack}}
  
=== http://plutohome.com/images/logo.gif [[Plutohome]] ===
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[http://plutohome.com/index.php Pluto]is the only all-in-one solution for your home that seamlessly combines media & entertainment, home automation, security, telecom and computing.
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{{SUSE_head|Package repositories}}
You can control your whole house with a mobile phone, a touch-screen tablet or a web-interface. A Pluto system is like an appliance - not a computer. It is self-configuring, maintaining and updating. No technical skills are required to use or install Pluto.
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{{Download|packman.links2linux.org|pacman.links2linux.org}}
Pluto is above all simple. The devices are all plug and play. Pluto is also an open platform, offering unlimited expansion potential, and requiring no special cabling.
 
This is Pluto: a complete, comfortable and secure solution for your home.
 
  
 
=== [[Image:Redhaticon.png]] Red Hat ===
 
=== [[Image:Redhaticon.png]] Red Hat ===
[http://www.redhat.com/ Red Hat] - Now oriented as more of a commercial distribution and philosophically superceded by Fedora, Red Hat nonetheless has its devotees and a [http://www.tylerbutler.com/projects/mythtv/ Red Hat 9 guide].
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[http://www.redhat.com/ Red Hat] - Now oriented as more of a commercial/stable distribution and philosophically superceded by Fedora for the bleeding edge, there is nonetheless a howto for RHEL or CentOS [[RHEL_Installation]]
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=== [[Image:Slackware.jpg]] Slackware ===
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[http://www.slackware.com/ Slackware] is one of the eldest linux distributions and still going strong. Historically often used for servers. Exceptionally strong performace from MythTV users who use this for both [[mythbackend]] as well as [[mythfrontend]] purposes.  
  
=== Slackware ===
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* 9.0
[http://www.slackware.com/ Slackware] is one of the eldest linux distributions and still going strong. Historically often used for servers. Some of the MythTV users use this for both backend as well as frontend purposes.  
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** [http://www.elsewhere.org/pvr/notes.html Another Slackware Guide]
* [http://home.comcast.net/~homebrewracing/Mythtv.txt Slackware 9.1 Guide]
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* 9.1
* [http://www.byopvr.com/Sections+index-req-viewarticle-artid-6.html Another Slackware 9.1 Guide]
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** [http://home.comcast.net/~homebrewracing/Mythtv.txt Slackware 9.1 Guide]
* [http://www.elsewhere.org/pvr/notes.html Another Slackware Guide]
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** [http://www.byopvr.com/Sections+index-req-viewarticle-artid-6.html Another Slackware 9.1 Guide]
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* 11.0
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** [http://www.mnspace.net/articles/mythtv.html MythTV Version 0.20 setup on Slackware 11.0 Guide]
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* 12.1
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** [http://www.mnspace.net/articles/mythtv-slack12.1.html MythTV version 0.21 setup on Slackware 12.1 Guide]
  
 
=== [[Image:suselogo.png]] SuSE ===
 
=== [[Image:suselogo.png]] SuSE ===
[http://www.suse.com SuSE], a popular distro in Europe and the US. Known for it's YaST installer. The company was recently purchased by Novell.
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SuSE is now called [[Operating_system#openSUSE|openSUSE]].
* 8.2
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** [http://ivtv.writeme.ch/tiki-index.php?page=Suse82HowTo SuSE 8.2 Howto]
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Commercial (enterprise) versions are called SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED).
* 9.1
 
** [http://ivtv.writeme.ch/tiki-index.php?page=Suse91HowTo SuSE 9.1 Howto]
 
* 9.2
 
** [http://www.homerengineeringcorp.net/mythtv/oldmyth.html SuSE 9.2 Howto]
 
** [http://blog.eleith.com/eblog/?uid1=464&eblog1=1 SuSE 9.2/AMD64/2 tuners Howto]
 
* 9.3
 
** [http://www.homerengineeringcorp.net/mythtv/myth.html SuSE 9.3 Howto]
 
* 10
 
** [[Suse Howto]] wiki here. Yast and RPM. (covers 9.3 and 10.0)  
 
** [http://www.acaciaclose.co.uk SuSE  MythTV  from YaST and RPM Howto]
 
** [http://www.version6.net/apt/ version6.net apt] - SuSE 10.0 apt repository where development SVN builds are available
 
** [http://folk.uio.no/oeysteio/apt/suse/ Øystein Olsen apt] SuSE 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3 and 10.0 apt repositories with MythTV. For SuSE 10.0, there is also a 64 Bit version available.
 
* 10.1
 
** [http://packman.links2linux.de/ Packman RPMs and APT Repository] MythTV 0.20 RPMs are available from Packman for SuSE 10.1 32 and 64 Bit versions.
 
  
 
=== [[Image:UbuntuIcon.png]] Ubuntu ===
 
=== [[Image:UbuntuIcon.png]] Ubuntu ===
 
[http://www.ubuntulinux.org/ Ubuntu] is a Debian based solution.
 
[http://www.ubuntulinux.org/ Ubuntu] is a Debian based solution.
* [[Ubuntu Installation|Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog) Source Installation]] - A step-by-step guide for setting up MythTV on Ubuntu Hoary (5.04)
 
* [[Ubuntu Breezy Installation Guides|Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) Source Installation]] - Installation guides for setting up MythTV on Ubuntu Breezy (5.10)
 
* [http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=186747  Ubuntu 6.06 (LTS) Source Installation] - Installation guides for setting up MythTV on Ubuntu Dapper (6.06)
 
* [[Ubuntu Edgy Installation From Source|Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) Source Installation]] - A guide for installing and configuring MythTV 0.20 on the ucoming Ubuntu Edgy (6.10)
 
* [http://help.ubuntu.com/community/MythTV Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) Binary Installation] - The official guide for setting up MythTV in Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft)
 
  
=== Xebian (for Xbox) ===
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Take a look at our comprehensive list of [[Ubuntu Installation|Ubuntu guides]]. Don't miss out on the [https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MythTV official guides!].
[http://www.xbox-linux.org/ Xbox-linux] - With this distro you can run [[MythFrontend]] on your Xbox (ie you need another 'proper' machine too!). Most are for the Xebian distribution which is based on Debian.  Here are some guides:
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* [http://bit.blkbk.com/ MythTV Xbox source code]
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[[:Category:Ubuntu]] - All internal Ubuntu pages.
* [http://www.ps.masny.dk/projects/linux/mythtv-0.4b-xbox-HOWTO.html Xbox Guide]
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* [http://www.xbox-linux.org/wiki/MythTV_on_Xebian_HOWTO MythTV frontend HowTo]
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Furthermore there is another Ubuntu distribution: [http://www.mythbuntu.org/ Mythbuntu].
* [http://www.mythtv-xbox.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=36 Complete Xebian V1.1.4 MythTV frontend HowTo]
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== Non-linux distributions ==
 
== Non-linux distributions ==
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===[[Image:FreeBSDLogo.png]] FreeBSD===
 
===[[Image:FreeBSDLogo.png]] FreeBSD===
 
FreeBSD isn't a Linux distro, but MythTV runs on it too. FreeBSD as with all "flavors" of BSD is Unix-based, and Linux is also Unix-based.
 
FreeBSD isn't a Linux distro, but MythTV runs on it too. FreeBSD as with all "flavors" of BSD is Unix-based, and Linux is also Unix-based.
* [http://mythtv.son.org/tiki-index.php FreeBSD] - Stacey Son has provided a FreeBSD port of MythTV
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* [http://wiki.freebsd.org/MythTV MythTV page] at the [http://wiki.freebsd.org/FrontPage FreeBSD wiki]
  
 
===Mac OS X===
 
===Mac OS X===
Yes, [[Mac OS X]] is Unix-based (as is Linux), as I'm sure you already know from [http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/unix/ Apple's Mac OS X site], and MythTV runs there too!
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Yes, [[Mac OS X]] is Unix-based, as I'm sure you already know from [http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/unix/ Apple's Mac OS X site], and MythTV runs there too!
  
 
* [[:Category:MacOS]]
 
* [[:Category:MacOS]]
* [[Myth on Mac OS X]]
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* [[MacPorts]] -- all-in-one installer for backend, frontend, database, etc.
* [[Myth_on_Mac_x86]]
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* [[MythTV on Mac OS X]]
* [http://darwinports.opendarwin.org/ Open Darwin] is a distribution that runs on Mac hardware
 
* [http://www.users.bigpond.com/pear_computers/myth-osx-howto.html Mac OS X Frontend build instructions]
 
  
 
===Microsoft Windows===
 
===Microsoft Windows===
A MythTV frontend has been written using the Microsoft .NET Framework (at http://winmyth.sourceforge.net/). However, it's still pretty flaky.
 
  
Native MythTV code [http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/dev/89151?search_string=cygwin works in Cygwin to a limited degree]. Hopefully, it will eventually be possible to compile MyhTV easily in Windows under [[Cygwin]].
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The official [[mythfrontend]] will run natively on Windows. For now no binary version is distributed, so you need to build it yourself with MinGW/MSys. It builds easily using the [http://svn.mythtv.org/svn/trunk/packaging/Win32/build/MythInstaller.bat MythInstaller.bat] and [http://svn.mythtv.org/svn/trunk/packaging/Win32/build/win32-packager.pl win32-packager.pl] scripts.
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A computer operating system (OS) that will run MythTV includes many "flavors" of Linux, Mac OS X, and FreeBSD. MythTV was originally built on Linux, but has been extended to other platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X and FreeBSD.


MythTV logo square.png Join us making your favorite media center even better than it already is today.

Linux distributions

A linux distro (distribution) is a complete, installable operating system based around the Linux Kernel.

There are some that are especially good for dedicated MythTV boxes (the kind you'd have on a HiFi stand in the lounge), others are especially suited for use as workstation PCs -- though you can use them to run MythTV as well, if you're sufficiently motivated.

A.M.I.C.U.S.

A.M.I.C.U.S. - An automatic MythTV installer with a guide and menu script specifically designed for new users of GNU/Linux and/or MythTV.

  • Lightweight hardware requirements suitable for older/low end PCs.
  • Available as a script for Debian installs or as bootable CD ISO image
  • Seeking new users, testers, and developers Sourceforge Project Page
  • New major release version 0.04

alt DebianLogoDebian GNU/Linux

Debian GNU/Linux is a widespread distribution; it has a huge community and is probably the most "free" and socially driven distribution — an excellent choice and MythTV is well supported.

There are a couple of guides:

Currently MythTV is not in the main Debian repositories, current plan is to get 0.27-fixes accepted. Until this happens the best way is to follow the guide to building your own .deb packages.

There are also several Debian pages in this wiki.

Fedora.png Fedora

Fedora is a very popular distro.

http://atrpms.net has a broader range of related drivers etc, while http://rpmfusion.org has a broader range of other applications, so using a combination of them might in some cases be a good idea.

Category:Fedora - All internal pages on Fedora.

Other general support for PPC on Fedora can be found at PlayStation page. A detailed remote page also exists.

Historical information is available at the, now defunct, "MythDora" distribution

Gentoo.png Gentoo

Gentoo - If the command line scares you, Gentoo is not for you. On the other hand the installation is extremely well documented in the Gentoo Handbook. Gentoo is more customizable than other 'binary' distros and each install can be optimized for the specific processor you use.

Gentoo MythTV setup guides:

Official Gentoo MythTV Guide:

Kanotix.png Kanotix

Kanotix is one of the many Debian based Live CDs, which itself is based on the popular Knoppix Live CD, except Kanotix has the ability to be easily installed on to a harddrive, from which a fully working easy to maintain Debian system is had.

LinHES.png LinHES

LinHES (Linux Home Entertainment System) is a Linux distribution that centers around MythTV. The project aims to make creating and maintaining a Home Theater PC as simple as possible. A blank system can be transformed to a fully functional HTPC in around 20 minutes.

LinHES is the successor of the deprecated KnoppMyth distribution

Mandrake.png Mandriva

Mandriva - One of the big distributions (formally known as Mandrake) with a large community of users. The distribution uses RPM packages similar to Red Hat and Fedora. The MythTV RPMs for Mandriva are available from the PLF mirrors as Mandriva does not include them in the distribution. Several guides are available to aid the setup of MythTV:

Other guides which describe the install process for older releases of the distribution are also available:

MiniMyth

Minimyth was originally developed to boot over a network and run mythfrontend on diskless Via EPIA mainboards that have either CLE266 or CN400 hardware MPEG2 decoders (e.g. Via EPIA M or Via EPIA SP mainboards). This is great for 'satellite' systems - like having one in the bedroom or kitchen...

Minimyth[1] has since evolved to support more hardware and different boot methods.

Imedia.gif iMedia MythTV

iMedia MythTV is smallest out-of-the-box MythTV distribution for Via EPIA mainboards. It fits in 128Mb Compact Flashes (including 2 weeks of program info) and has ability to store recordings to external usb drives, harddrives, NFS mounts. Is designed to run without any configuration on VIA mainboards and Hauppauge PVR like cards. Support for other hardware can be provided thru custom packages. Includes optimised kernel for i686 and Eden CPU and XWindows drivers for MPEG/3D/DRI acceleration.

Mythbuntu.png Mythbuntu

Mythbuntu, Mythbuntu is an Ubuntu derivative focused upon setting up a standalone MythTV system. Currently, it is a recognized as a community supported project by Canonical. Mythbuntu can be used to install a stand alone mythfrontend, mythbackend, or combination machines. Unlike similar projects, Mythbuntu keeps close ties with Ubuntu and all development is given back to the Ubuntu Community. This allows easy conversions from a standard desktop to a Mythbuntu machine and vice versa. The development cycle of Mythbuntu closely follows that of Ubuntu, releasing every six months shortly after Ubuntu releases.

Suselogo.png openSUSE

openSUSE, The openSUSE project is a community program sponsored by Novell. With the launch of the openSUSE project, openSUSE is now developed in an open model—public development builds, releases, and sources will be posted frequently here and you will have access to our Bugzilla database for defect reporting.

mythTV wiki articles

Wikipage.png - OpenSuSE 11.3 mythTV wiki page

Wikipage.png - Opensuse 11.0 - 11.2 mythTV wiki page

Wikipage.png - openSUSE 10.3 mythTV wiki page

Wikipage.png - openSUSE 10.2 mythTV wiki page

Wikipage.png - openSUSE 10.2 upgrade mythTV packages mythTV wiki page

International

Webpage.png - openSUSE 10.3 mythTV wiki page on mythtv.nl (Dutch)

Webpage.png - openSUSE page on mythwiki.de (German)

Additional sources

Webpage.png - Ben Kevenan's openSUSE 10.3/mythTV pages

Webpage.png - MultiMedia and Digital TV with openSUSE - acaciaclose.co.uk

Webpage.png - JArpack


Package repositories

Download.png - pacman.links2linux.org

Redhaticon.png Red Hat

Red Hat - Now oriented as more of a commercial/stable distribution and philosophically superceded by Fedora for the bleeding edge, there is nonetheless a howto for RHEL or CentOS RHEL_Installation

Slackware.jpg Slackware

Slackware is one of the eldest linux distributions and still going strong. Historically often used for servers. Exceptionally strong performace from MythTV users who use this for both mythbackend as well as mythfrontend purposes.

Suselogo.png SuSE

SuSE is now called openSUSE.

Commercial (enterprise) versions are called SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED).

UbuntuIcon.png Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a Debian based solution.

Take a look at our comprehensive list of Ubuntu guides. Don't miss out on the official guides!.

Category:Ubuntu - All internal Ubuntu pages.

Furthermore there is another Ubuntu distribution: Mythbuntu.

It's an Ubuntu just for your Multimedia PC. After installing it, MythTV ist already installed and there are different possibilities to configure IR remote controls etc.

Non-linux distributions

FreeBSDLogo.png FreeBSD

FreeBSD isn't a Linux distro, but MythTV runs on it too. FreeBSD as with all "flavors" of BSD is Unix-based, and Linux is also Unix-based.

Mac OS X

Yes, Mac OS X is Unix-based, as I'm sure you already know from Apple's Mac OS X site, and MythTV runs there too!

Microsoft Windows

The official mythfrontend will run natively on Windows. For now no binary version is distributed, so you need to build it yourself with MinGW/MSys. It builds easily using the MythInstaller.bat and win32-packager.pl scripts.