[mythtv-users] SOLVED: MythTV vs. Windows Media Center

Paul Friedrichsmeyer infinisource at gmail.com
Thu Apr 14 16:37:52 UTC 2011

Funny, this went to my spam box.  If Myth works for you great, if not, move
on which obviously you did, but don't complain about it for all the world to
see.  Maybe the reason why you never received a response from the list was
HOW you presented yourself to the group.  Just a thought.

Open Source Software is not without it's faults (same can be said about
Microsoft Software).  I wish you luck in Windows World.  I personally tried
Media Center and detested the fact that I was not in control of the
recordings as the file types themselves were DRM'd to hell and back.  That's
why I chose to work through setting MythTV up 2 years ago.

On Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 11:23 PM, brianr69 at gmail.com <brianr69 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Yes, I pride myself on not being obnoxious.  I'm sure you can tell.
> Oh... crap... I didn't "bottom post".  My apologies.  I'm sure this has
> offended many of you FOSS purists.  I'm sure you'll promptly ban me for my
> transgressions.  Quick!  Find a crucifix and nail me to it!
> I guess the point I'm trying to make (with quite a bit of satire) is that
> if you folks weren't so rigid, maybe more people would take up your cause.
>  Microsoft didn't make it to their level by pissing off their potential
> users.
> I understand how much time and dedication it has taken to develop your
> product (for free).  However, if you want to attract a larger audience...
> (to quote an old southern-USA saying) you'll get more flies with honey than
> with vinegar.
> I was honestly interested in Myth.  However, after such negative responses
> as I received, it totally turned me away from Myth.
> Yes, I have a lot more experience with Windows than with Linux but I LOVE
> the idea of learning new things.
> The responses I received here were what turned me completely away from Myth
> (that, and the fact that the "simple" Mythbuntu installation wouldn't even
> run on my hardware).  Conversely, I've received nothing but helpful,
> positive responses in similar forums that are dedicated to Windows Media
> Center.  Those folks go the extra mile and don't criticize when someone asks
> a stupid question.
> Media Center isn't perfect.  However, there is a TON of
> free-open-source-software or donation-ware for Media Center that
> accomplishes everything that I want to do.  I now have a working Media
> Center system that serves HD video to every room of my house from a single
> Windows PC.  Admittedly, I'm still tweaking and learning new tricks... but
> it serves my needs and more.  The machine I built is silent, cool, and does
> everything I've read that Myth can do.  Yes, I spent quite a bit of money on
> the machine and the extenders to make them do what I want to do... but it's
> very solid... and reliability is very important to me.  I'm pretty anal when
> it comes to building a reliable machine that will stand the test of time...
> I don't cut corners... so that's a big part of why I spent the amount of
> money that I did.  The machine is overkill.  It rarely runs at more than 20%
> of capacity in either CPU, disc I/O or network I/O.  It will probably still
> be doing its job in 10 years... just like every over-built machine I've ever
> owned.
> I'm sure I'll receive a lot of flames from this message, but I really don't
> care.  I'll be deleting my Myth account pretty soon anyway.
> I hope you'll reply to future requests from newbies who challenge your
> pre-conceived notions with more care than you replied to mine.
> On Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 11:49 PM, Brian Phillips <brian.phillips at byu.net>wrote:
>> brianr69 at gmail.com wrote:
>> > Many of the replies I received were quite obnoxious.
>> Thanks for the example of an unobnoxious reply!
>> Brian
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