[mythtv-users] On the verge of giving up

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Thu Sep 20 01:17:33 UTC 2007

On 09/19/2007 09:25 AM, Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 08:24:59PM -0400, Michael T. Dean wrote:
>> IMHO, MythTV is a very expensive DVR solution--it costs a /lot/ of time
>> to learn what you need to learn to make it a good DVR and to keep up
>> with support, maintenance, development/changes for upgrades, etc.  That
>> being said, I feel it's worth the time cost to me because I love hacking
>> on it and learning from it.  If it's not worth the time cost to you,
>> then Windows MCE (if you're willing to spend some time on it) or a
>> cable-/satellite-company provided DVR or a 3rd party DVR like a
>> TiVo/ReplayTV (if you'd rather it just work) is probably a better solution.
> FWIW, I used to agree with you on that, until I installed 0.20.2.
> Now, admittedly, you gotta install a distro under it, and I used SuSE,
> instead of a packaged one.  But once I clean-sheeted out from under a
> crashed old box, it went like a top.  I just didn't bail *soon* enough.

I stand corrected.  You're definitely the person I had in mind when I
was talking about someone who just wants a DVR to work without spending
/any/ time at all on it.

It's not like you have years of experience running MythTV nor do you
spend way too much time reading and responding to posts on the MythTV
lists--often answering others' questions and teaching (which is the best
way to learn).  So you've proved that it's possible to have a perfectly
stable MythTV system without spending any more time on it than one would
spend plugging a cable-company-provided DVR into the wall.  :)


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