[mythtv-users] linux distro suggestions?

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Sat Mar 21 21:45:06 UTC 2009

2009/3/21 Bobby Gill <bobbygill at rogers.com>:
> On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 1:23 PM, John Drescher <drescherjm at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > I had just the opposite experience. Running Fedora, there was always
>> > some package that had a dependent package I couldn't get. I had to
>> > search hi and low for it and it was often difficult to find. Maybe
>> > those days are gone, I don't know. The other problem with the package
>> > approach is that the package is usually built with the most or all of
>> > the features/options which I may not need or want.
>> >
>> That has been my experience.
>> > I use gentoo and I do have problems from time to time when a package
>> > is broken or it's blocked by something strange. I have always worked
>> > it out, mainly by searching and finding people who have the same
>> > problem. This usually leads to bug report and the bug report has the
>> > fix or workaround.
>> > Granted, though, this is not for the casual user. The majority of the
>> > time emerge update works just fine. And, I have a system that is built
>> > just for what I need.
>> >
>> Usually in this case I try the testing version and it works while the
>> "stable" does not..
>> John
> I have been using Arch for a long time now, and use it on both my Mythbox
> and my desktop/FE. The package manager (pacman and/or yaourt if you like) is
> easy as heck to use and the community is top notch. The thought of trying
> another distro hasn't even crossed my mind since I first tried it.
> Bob

I have used arch (but not for mythtv) and thought it was pretty good.
I am an ex-gentooer who cannot be bothered with it any more. However I
liked the way in arch you could choose to compile your packages if you
wanted, sort of the good bits of gentoo with the good bits of a binary

I see that the very good knoppmyth has morphed to LinHES and at the
same time moved to an arch based system (previously debian). Indeed
that move may tempt me back! I see they package a vdpau backport of
0.21 fixes too.

I moved away from knoppmyth when I wanted 0.21 features and they were
taking an age to release a version with 0.21. I moved to mythbuntu.
Its certainly not as polished as knoppmyth. I would give LinHES a go
if I were you.

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