[mythtv-users] Building new Mythtv Box

R. G. Newbury newbury at mandamus.org
Mon Jan 10 16:35:14 UTC 2011

On 01/09/2011 08:33 PM, Jim Gifford wrote:
> Getting ready to build a new Mythtv box.
> Was wondering what was the recommended Linux Distro these days for Mythtv.
> System build is:
> Intel CoreDuo 2.4
> MCE Remote (1039)
> MCE Keyboard
> Nvidia 6200
> Hauppage PVR-1600
> 1GB HD

Ditch the Nvidia 6200. You have FIOS so you get HD. You really need at 
least a 9500GT or newer (GT220 etc) for vdpau to lower the load on the 
CPU. That CPU will work, but will be stressed if you are recording and 
playing at the same time.

I presume that it is a typo for '1TB' where you say '1GB HD'.

For lots of reasons you should seriously consider having a small HD for 
the OS and another HD for video storage. Using a 20-60GB HD for the OS 
allows you to segregate /, /home, and /var onto different partitions 
thus protecting your setup in certain situations. Also you can format 
the partitions separately for the job that they will be doing.

As to distro, it really depends on whether you have any linux background 
to rely on. If none, then one of the 'all-in-one' setups (mythdora, 
mythbuntu) is probably best for you.

I started with Mandriva, and did not like it. I have played with Ubuntu 
and find it odd, compared to Red Hat based Fedora which is what I run 
everywhere. (Even the VOIP phone setup runs Centos.)

There is NO recommended distro. They all work. It is like arguing 
whether a Trailblazer is better than an Envoy: they are both built on 
the same frame!


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