[mythtv-users] Which distro for new system?

DaveD mythtv at guiplot.com
Thu Aug 9 05:14:02 UTC 2007

Thanks for all the input about favorite distros.  For you Gentoo guys, I 
think I'll pass.  I'd like to actually watch some recordings once in a 
while.... (just kidding).  Sounds tempting to always be able to build my 
own version of everything.  But I think I'll leave the bulk of building 
to those who know what they're doing and save my building for things I 
HAVE to customize for some reason.

Isn't Ubuntu a Debian-derivative?  I'm thinking I'll try Ubuntu again.  
Lack of a root user made me a bit skeptical at first, but I found I 
could easily create one and was happy again.  I think its Debian roots 
give it a strong foundation and it seemed to have a bigger pre-built 
base of apps.

Interesting the no one mentioned SUSE.  Something about a "deal with the 
devil" maybe?

FC 5 has been doing pretty well, I must say.  When I first installed 
FC6, it wouldn't even boot.  Took a long time before I could get it to 
even run the updates.  After struggling for a while I gave up.  I'm 
wondering if FC7 is better.

My system is primarily Myth; frontend and backend combined.  But it is 
our media center.  It's connected to our TV (37" LCD 1080p) and I have a 
monitor where I work while "watching" TV (my wife watches TV while I 
work).  I play MP3's, burn DVD's and CD's, browse, code, explore with 
GoogleEarth, you name it.  But it has developed some problem of late:  
analog recording on my PVR-500 causes system reboot.  Put's a damper on 
watching recordings when they're broken into chunks with holes where the 
reboot took place.  I don't know if power supply is the problem or the 
PVR-500 or the MB.  Since the Athlon 64 3200+ with AGP was a little 
marginal for high def, I went for it and ordered a new dual core MB with 
onboard video and processor, RAM and a PCIE video card.  This will give 
me true dual seat so I can really work while my wife watches recordings 
and not have to compromise (I hope!).  Hopefully Ubuntu will find 
everything and install without issues (yea, right!).

Wish me luck!


David Brodbeck 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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