[mythtv-users] Best Ubuntu guide?

Bill Bill at explosivo.com
Fri Jan 26 15:38:43 UTC 2007

On Fri, 26 Jan 2007 09:35:50 -0500
Bill <Bill at explosivo.com> wrote:

> On Fri, 26 Jan 2007 09:13:57 -0500
> Rod Smith <mythtv at rodsbooks.com> wrote:
> > On Friday 26 January 2007 04:46, Damian Surr wrote:
> > 
> > > While researching MythTV and Ubuntu, I've seen a few guides, but I've
> > > been surprised how different the all seem (I'm sure this is just from
> > > the point of view of a Linux novice. They probably all do exactly the
> > > same things in a slightly different way).
> > > Could someone point me in the right direction to what you consider to be
> > > the best, most straight forward and up to date guides for installing
> > > Myth on Ubuntu. A good basic general guide on getting ready for Myth
> > > (partitions etc) would be useful too.
> > 
> > I can't offer any comparisons; however, I can comment on the following guide:
> > 
> > https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MythTV
> > 
> > This guide is reasonably thorough, in the sense that it takes you through 
> > everything from downloading the Ubuntu install CD-R images to configuring 
> > MythTV's capture cards. On the downside, I found that the guide was 
> > inaccurate or confusing at a few key points; for instance, some steps relied 
> > on software being installed that wasn't installed until later. As I'm 
> > well-versed in Linux, I was able to "fill in the gaps," as it were, so these 
> > problems weren't major ones for me. For a Linux newbie, though, the result 
> > could be extreme frustration, since things won't work as the guide says they 
> > will, and the solution may not be obvious. (Unfortunately, I don't recall 
> > exactly which steps were "off" in this way, although I believe X installation 
> > was one of them.)
> I've done Mythtv at three points over the past 3 or 4 years.  The Ubuntu one was the easiest one of them all, and this quide was pretty darned good.  Stan from this list pointed me out to it.  
> From above: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MythTV
> I did not find any gaps in the document, so perhaps it was ammended since Rod used it.  Or the missing items were just easy enough that I don't remember them.
> There are a few different "guides" that make up that part - but pretty much in the space of a few hours (not including downloading ubuntu) I went from no o/s to having Ubuntu, Mythtv, PVR-350 and PVR-500, almost all the plugins and a bunch of codecs running.  I installed the web server, but have not configured Mythweb yet.
> Two comments:
> - If you have to d/l Ubuntu, get 6.10 via a torrent (speed difference was: 45kbs versus 800kbs - YMMV)
> - If you can't boot it right (gives errors and stuff after you click install), get the alternate install and do the text install.  
> Good luck!

I just got an email from Rod (Hi Rod) and I think we know where the difference in our experience was.  I ran a Ubuntu install first, then started up with the myth directions (so I already had X installed).  Apparently Rod encountered a problem earlier (where it walks you though the basic install).

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