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.
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.
Ubuntu is a Debian based solution.
Category:Ubuntu - All internal Ubuntu pages.
Mythbuntu. Now discontinued.
Fedora is a very popular distro.
- Follow the local wiki page: Installing MythTV on Fedora. This page describes the process very well and is based on the http://rpmfusion.org repository.
Category:Fedora - All internal pages on Fedora.
Historical information is available at the, now defunct, "MythDora" distribution
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.
- Installation guide for MythTV on Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 ('etch') - Old and no longer recommended.
There are also several Debian pages in this wiki.
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
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.
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
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 Guide 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.
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
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.
SuSE is now called openSUSE.
Commercial (enterprise) versions are called SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED).
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
- MacPorts -- all-in-one installer for backend, frontend, database, etc.
- MythTV on Mac OS X
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.
- MythTV on Windows for more info.