[mythtv-users] Absolute minimum for MythFrontend

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Fri Mar 13 10:12:11 UTC 2009

On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 6:20 PM,  <jarpublic at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 1:04 AM, Bruce Nordstrand <brucen at ksl.com.au> wrote:
>> Hi all
>> I have a “frontend” with XBMC installed as the primary source. This box
>> currently has not window manager at all. Because my wife misses commercial
>> detection and because nothing matches MythFrontend for MythTV viewing, I
>> want to install MythFrontend on this box. However, I have no idea what the
>> bare minimum install requirements are for it. Any help would be appreciated.
>> I am running on Ubuntu 8.04 (better for XBMC) and would be installing
>> anything I need via apt-get.
>> On another note, does anyone have any tips or scripts for running XBMC out
>> of a Myth menu? This frontend will purely be for viewing recorded shows on
>> the backend I have elsewhere in the house but XBMC will be used for
>> everthing else.
> The bare minimum depends on what you are playing back. HD H.264
> recordings will have much higher requirements than low bitrate MPEG-2
> content. If you can play it in XBMC then you shouldn't have any
> problem playing it from mythfrontend. The mythfrontend program itself
> has minimal requirements. Until recently I was running it on a 1 GHz
> PIII with 384 MB of RAM, and others home gone lower than that. In
> ubuntu, I would recommend install mythbuntu-control-centre. That will
> install the gui mythtv control center that the mythbuntu guys
> developed. From there you can check off that you want this to be a
> frontend, and it will take care of installing all of the necessary
> packages and configuring things that you need. It won't mess with the
> rest of your system, it just makes the appropriate calls to apt-get
> etc.
> There are some posts on the list about incorporating XBMC as a button
> in the mythtv menus. Search the archives. I don't think there was
> anything fancy required, something like 'exec xbmc' with the standard
> syntax for a button.

The other alternative may be to try mythbox,

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