[mythtv-users] 2010 Mac Mini?

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Mon Jul 19 15:07:10 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 10:01:17AM -0400, Ken Mandelberg wrote:
> >>>  I know there was discussion about this when it first came out, but I wonder
> >>>  what the current thinking is.
> >>>
> >>>  Does the 2010 Mac Mini run Linux well, and is the graphics well suited to
> >>>  Mythtv on Linux?
> >You need a fairly new kernel (latest 2.6.34.y stable may work now, not
> >sure, 2.6.35 definitely will) to get un-borked sata support, and hdmi
> >audio may or may not work... It definitely does NOT work with the
> >nouveau driver, but then, for myth, you'd want the nvidia driver
> >anyway. So it*should*, at least theoretically, be quite good (albeit
> >expensive) as a linux mythtv frontend in the relatively near future,
> >if it isn't already. Really though, I think an ion2 box is probably
> >more cost-effective and just as functional wrt mythtv under linux.
> >
> >-- Jarod Wilson jarod at wilsonet.com
> Actually, I already run a Linux myth backend/frontend on an older
> mac mini (the intel only one just prior to nvidia). I have a need to
> relocate it, and wondered if a new 2010 mac mini would be an
> improved substitute.
> I'm not wedded to a Mac mini. Is there a box with a similar small
> quiet footprint that would be better for a Linux frontend/backend?

    The current mini is probably overkill for your requirements.

    A Revo or other ION nettop would probably be perfectly suitable.

    I run a Revo as a BE/FE myself.

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