[mythtv-users] Distro Preferences

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Thu Sep 13 11:19:24 UTC 2007

On Thu, 13 Sep 2007 11:45:37 +0100
  "Paul Mason" <latepaul at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Due to some hardware changes I'm planning to rebuild my 
>MythTV box shortly.
> I'll be copying over my recordings and database and 
>since my current system
> is a recent-ish SVN I'll be building Myth from source.
> I'm considering trying out a different distro. Currently 
>my MythTV box is
> openSuse 10.2 and my laptop, and occasional frontend, is 
>Fedora 7. I've also
> use Fedora 6 in the past for Myth.

When I built my Myth box I wanted a relatively small 
install base since I wasn't going to be using much other 

I found that Arch Linux did the trick for me - Its not for 
the faint of heart though.  You should be an experienced 
Linux person to do the install.  It does use a good 
package manager called pacman -- makes it easier then say 

If you are looking for simplicity, I would suggest Linux 
Mint.  Its a Ubuntu variant with some very nice cleanups. 
 You can install Myth from deb packages which will set up 
all of the auto-login for myth, etc.  Then you can do an 
apt-get build-dep mythtv and get the dependencies to build 
myth from source.

I can say I've tried just about every major Linux distro 
out there and no one is perfect in my opinion.  These two 
are just my preferences until better solutions come 


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