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 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.
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
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:
- Installation guide for MythTV on Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 ('etch')
- Installation guide for MythTV 0.8 on Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 ('woody')
- You can also check out Pluto which is a preinstalled Debian Core distribution with MythTV included
There are also several Debian pages in this wiki.
Fedora is a very popular distro.
There are several approaches how to get MythTV running on Fedora:
- You can check out MythDora (see below) which is a preinstalled Fedora Core distribution with MythTV included.
- You can follow the local wiki page: Installing_MythTV_on_Fedora. This page describes the process very well and is based on the http://atrpms.net repository.
- Mythtv can also be found on the http://rpmfusion.org repository.
You might also read Jarod Wilson's Guide. It is outdated now, but there might still be some valuable information on different types of hardware.
Category:Fedora - All internal pages on Fedora.
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:
- 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 is what it was made to do. It is mainly oriented towards dedicated MythTV boxes (though of course it runs a complete GNU/Linux OS, so no worries about serving music or other files). Insert the CDROM disc into a "blank" PC and you will be running MythTV after a few minutes. It is Knoppix-based (a Debian derivative) and, as a special trick, MythFrontend will run from the CDROM disc without installing.
- See also, the KnoppMyth article.
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:
- MythTV Instalation Guider contains Mandriva specific information.
Other guides which describe the install process for older releases of the distribution are also available:
- Mandriva 2006 MythTV setup VIA EPIA SP13000/DVB-T, includes creating an antoinstall CD.
- Mandriva EPIA C3 MythTV Box HowTo describes how to build a fully working MythTV system using a VIA EPIA SP13000 motherboard and Mandriva 2005.
- Setting up MythTV under Mandrake 10.1 Guide
- MythTV How-To Wikibook uses Mandrake 10.1 as an example
- How to install MythTV on Mandrake 10.0
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 has since evolved to support more hardware and different boot methods.
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.
MythDora is a Fedora and MythTV "All-In-One" CD/DVD. The install will load a preconfigured Fedora 8 installation on your computer as well as install and configure MythTV-0.21. There are many extras included with MythDora.
Mythbuntu, Mythbuntu is an Ubuntu derivative focused upon setting up a standalone MythTV system similar to Knoppmyth or Mythdora. Currently, it is a recognized as a community supported project by Canonical. Mythbuntu can be used to install a stand alone Frontend, Backend, 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.
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
- Additional sources
- Package repositories
Pluto is the only all-in-one solution for your home that seamlessly combines media & entertainment, home automation, security, telecom and computing. 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. 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.
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 backend as well as frontend purposes.
SuSE is now called openSUSE.
Commercial (enterprise) versions are called SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED).
Ubuntu is a Debian based solution.
- Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog) Source Installation - A step-by-step guide for setting up MythTV on Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog)
- Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) Source Installation - Installation guides for setting up MythTV on Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)
- Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) Source Installation - Installation guides for setting up MythTV on Ubuntu 6.06 (Ubuntu Dapper)
- Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) Binary Installation - The official guide for setting up MythTV in Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake)
- Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) Binary Installation - The official guide for setting up MythTV in Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft)
- Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) Source Installation
- Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) Binary Installation - The official guide for setting up MythTV in Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)
- Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) Binary Installation - The official guide for setting up MythTV in Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)
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.
Xebian (for Xbox)
- Xbox Frontend Guides
- MythTV Xbox source code
- Xbox Guide
- MythTV frontend HowTo
- Xbox_Install_using_E_Images Installing mythtv on xbox using E images
Yellow Dog (for Playstation 3)
Yellow Dog Linux - This is the default Linux distribution for the Playstation 3. PS3Penguins has setup a blog to track links related to MythTV on the PS3. MythTV builds and the frontend runs on the PS3, however, there is currently no accelerated video driver available so playback is not actually usable.
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
- Myth on Mac OS X
- Open Darwin is a distribution that runs on Mac hardware
- Really old Mac OS X 10.2 frontend build instructions
A MythTV frontend has been written using the Microsoft .NET Framework (at http://winmyth.sourceforge.net/). However, it's still pretty flaky and development has stopped (latest release was 0.19 on February 2006)
Another frontend is MythTv Player which is able to view recordings and live TV. The developer has however stated in the forums that he no longer has a MythTV server and thus stopped development. He hopes that somebody will pick it up. 
There is also work on a Windows Port of MythTV.