[mythtv-users] Which distro for new system?

mythmail at gmail.com mythmail at gmail.com
Wed Aug 8 20:44:08 UTC 2007

I'm going to have to second Gentoo.  I had two frontend/backend
systems running on Fedora (4 I think, maybe 5).  They were relatively
solid but I had a few assorted problems with the rpms/repos and
eventually there just weren't any updates available, also, you end up
installing lots of stuff that has nothing to do with MythTV.  Then I
decided to take a leap of faith and try Gentoo.
There definitely was a learning curve going from Fedora to Gentoo, but
there's tons of excellent documentation on setting up MythTV on
Gentoo.  When you're done you have a lean mean MythTV without any
extra cruft that you pretty much never have to touch, except maybe
"emerge -uD mythtv" if you want to update.  Also, after going through
all that, I feel like I understand better what's going on under the
GNU/Linux hood.
That said, I also have a backend running on my Ubuntu 7.04 desktop,
which was really easy to set up.  Ubuntu has ivtv included now, so it
set up the capture cards without any effort.  I imagine setting up a
combined frontend/backend wouldn't be too bad, although way back when
I had trouble getting lirc working on ubuntu.

On 8/8/07, David Brodbeck <gull at gull.us> wrote:
> On Aug 7, 2007, at 11:58 PM, Brad DerManouelian wrote:
> > That being said, lots of people here use Debian and I hear great
> > things about its stability. However, it's also much slower to update
> > so you're stuck running old stuff a lot longer than quicker release
> > cycles like Fedora or Ubuntu.
> That depends a lot on how you run it.  If you stick religiously with
> the "stable" release, then yes, it's a lot slower.  If you're more
> adventurous and run "testing," you get about what other distributions
> get, and if you run "unstable," you get all the bleeding-edge stuff.
> I don't know if I'd recommend "unstable," because it breaks a lot,
> but I've rarely had problems with "testing."  I've also run mixed
> installs, using apt-pinning -- "stable" with some packages from
> "testing," or "testing" with some packages from "unstable" -- but
> that's not really recommended because it can get you into dependency
> hell.
> I agree, though, that the best distribution to run MythTV on is
> probably whichever one you're most comfortable with.  That's a recipe
> for a minimum of headaches.
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