[mythtv-users] Gee, I THOUGHT I was a linux fan.

Jesse Guardiani jesse at wingnet.net
Mon Aug 15 18:46:26 UTC 2005

Lee wrote:

>>> Apparently, I've hardly ever used Linux.  I once built a few servers
>>> running RedHat 7.2, and I use various versions of Unix at my job. 
>>> (HPUX, FreeBSD, Mac OS X)  But, when it came down to setting up my
>>> MythTV box this weekend, I failed big time.  I chose KnoppMyth for it's
>>> illusion of simplicity, but was made to feel like a complete idiot. 
>>> Even worse than when I used a Mac for the first time in about 1998.
>> I don't think KnoppMyth is easy to use by any means either. It took 
>> me literally a week to get
>> my setup off the ground, and my wife and son were out of town all 
>> week, so that's like, 3 weeks
>> under normal circumstances?


> I don't think you can blame the KnoppMyth developer for you having a 
> strange LAN adapter/underpowered hardware/cooling problems can you?  
> As for wanting to run everything over NFS it's not supported by 
> default...
> The whole DVD decryption is well documented in the wiki...

I think you misunderstood. I'm not blaming him. I don't blame him for not
auto-detecting and supporting my PVR 350 + IR remote combo either. There
are simply too many variables. That's why I don't think anyone should expect
a KnoppMyth install to be plug-and-play. If the KnoppMyth developer
published a supported set of hardware, then it might be a different 
story, but
AFAIK all he has out there now are minimum requirements.

Someone could easily take KnoppMyth and a some off-the-shelf hardware
and make yet another distro geared specifically for those (strict) hardware
requirements. If that happened, then KnoppMyth might become truly plug-
and-play. But I don't think it'll happen otherwise. There's simply too 
much to

KnoppMyth is still easier to install than a ground-up Gentoo setup, IMO.
And that's why I use it. But I think people jump into it thinking it's going
to be easier than it really is.

Jesse Guardiani
Programmer/Sys Admin
jesse at wingnet.net

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