[mythtv-users] Nebie here...

Mark L. Cukier mark at pemicro.com
Thu Dec 2 22:22:35 UTC 2004


There are several options available to Newbies. (speaking as a newbie, I 
can tell you :-D ).

1) I've heard that Knoppmyth is a great way to go to minimize 
required-linux-knowledge. I have never used it, but my understanding is 
it's pretty straightforward, and requires little user intervention 
(depending on your setup).

2) As I said, I too am a newbie... I downloaded the "Fedora Core 2" 
distro an installed Myth using Jarod's guide (the guide will also guide 
you through the installation of Linux, if you require it!!). It's clear, 
concise... and the real advantage of going this route is that you learn 
a bit of linux on the way!!! Jarod's guide can be found here:


You can always read it over and see whether you think it's up your 
alley. My guess is you will have very few problems going this route-- it 
really is step by step. The great part is, when/if you run into trouble 
there are plenty of great net-based resources (including this list) that 
are always available!

Hope this Helps,

I guess the brief answer is,

jlartz wrote:

> Hi guys,
>  First of all, please have mercy on this MythTV Newbie...
>  I'm a happy DishPlayer 7100 PVR user and I read a blurb about 
> 'MythTV' in the dishrip group and thought I'd check it out.  All I can 
> say is "WOW!"... It's amazing what you guys have collectively put 
> together!!!   So, I'd love to get started building a system, and as 
> chance would have it, I've already got most (if not all) of the 
> hardware necessary to build a MythTV system. (Hauppauge PVR-350, 
> Athlon XP 1800, 512 ram, Matrox Millennium G450 Dual Head, 120GB HDD, 
> DVD +/-R/RW, etc.)
>  But here's where the trouble comes in -- I've got very little 
> experience with Linux to date.  I'm highly technical, and quite 
> proficient on PC Hardware and the Windows side of the world, but very 
> little exposure to Linux.  I'm no stranger to command-line interfaces 
> (I work with mainframe systems that are all 'cli' based), so that 
> aspect of Linux doesn't bother me at all.  It's just all the 'little' 
> Linux-specific commands and stuff that you're supposed to know before 
> attempting something like this that bothers me...
>  With that in mind, is it even possible for me to put this together 
> without having to have somebody 'hold my hand' through the whole 
> process???  Is it a really complex procedure (that it seems to be), or 
> is there a simple step-by-step guide of what to do that even a monkey 
> could follow?  (Not that I'm a monkey, but when it comes to 
> Unix/Linux, my exposure has only been about 99% just using it, from a 
> shell prompt, and not installing/compiling/configuring it.)   Are 
> there any ISO images that I can download to get started?
>  I guessing that many of my questions may be answered in the archives, 
> but I haven't been able to find out how to search them like I can do 
> with the Yahoo or Google news groups...  Is there one?
>  Sorry for the long post, and thanks in advance for your replies...  
> You can email me directly if you want (my address is indeed real).
> Jeff
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