MythTV was originally built on linux, but has been extended to some a couple other platforms, including Macintosh OS X and FreeBSD.
- 1 Linux distributions
- 2 Non-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.
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:
- Mythtv Installation Guide for Debian
- Debian Guide
- Another Debian Guide
- 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. Minimal hardware requirements and suitable for older/low end PCs. New major release version 0.03
There are also several debian pages in the wiki.
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Fedora is a very popular distro - especially well supported by the famous 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 here
You can also check out MythDora (see below) which is a preinstalled Fedora Core distribution with MythTV included.
There is also the Fedora Core 2 Guide
Here is a pointer to some resources: Fedora_Core2
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.
Gentoo - If you are scared of command prompts, 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 to the specific processor you use.
Gentoo MythTV setup guides:
- Gentoo-Wiki.com Guide (2.6 kernel - VERY complete
- Gentoo Guide (2.6 kernel) - out of date
- Install MythTv system (2.6 kernel)
Official Gentoo MythTV Guide:
- MythTV on Gentoo - currently Incomplete
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.
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.
- There's also the Setting up MythTV under Mandrake 10.1 Guide
- The MythTV How-To wikibook uses Mandrake as an example
MiniMyth boots over a network and runs 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...
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.
SuSE, a popular distro in Europe and the US. Known for it's YaST installer. The company was recently purchased by Novell.
- Suse Howto wiki here. Yast and RPM. (covers 9.3 and 10.0)
- SuSe 9.3/10.0 MythTV 0.18/0.19 from YaST and RPM Howto
- version6.net apt - SuSE 10.0 apt repository where development SVN builds are available
- Possibly deprecated
Ubuntu is a Debian based solution.
- Ubuntu Hoary Installation - A step-by-step guide for setting up MythTV on Ubuntu Hoary (5.04)
- Ubuntu Breezy Installation - A step-by-step guide for setting up MythTV on Ubuntu Breezy (5.10)
Xebian (for Xbox)
- MythTV Xbox source code
- Xbox Guide
- MythTV frontend HowTo
- Complete Xebian V1.1.4 MythTV frontend HowTo
FreeBSD (or any BSD for that matter) isn't really a Linux distro, but Myth runs on it too. (Plus, it's a BSD, which are UNIX-based, and Linux is also UNIX-based.)
- FreeBSD - Stacey Son has provided a FreeBSD port of MythTV
Mac OS X
Yes, Mac OS X is UNIX-based (as is Linux), as I'm sure you already know from Apple's Mac OS X site, and MythTV runs there too!
- Myth on Mac OS X
- Open Darwin is a distribution that runs on Mac hardware
- Mac OS X Frontend build instructions
A Myth frontend has been written using the Microsoft .NET Framework (at http://winmyth.sourceforge.net/). However, it's still pretty flaky.
Native MythTV code works in Cygwin to a limited degree. Hopefully, it will eventually be possible to compile mythtv easily in Windows under Cygwin.