[mythtv-users] Recommended distro?

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Mon Jul 9 05:23:55 UTC 2012

On Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM, Roger Siddons <dizygotheca at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 08 Jul 2012 00:38:44 +0100, Cecil Watson <knoppmyth at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Maybe I don't understand 'appliances' - I only gave it a go because I had
>> some issues with my latest MythBuntu and thought I'd try an alternative.
>> However I've always been perplexed as to why it doesn't permit a partition
>> install.
> Define "partition install". When LinHES gets installed, it creates 3
> partitions.
>> I presume it expects you to copy music/photos/videos onto the system after
>> installation. Personally I would never mix my data with the OS. Having
>> separate partitions for music/photos/videos/tv is very conveneint for many
>> reasons. Are 'appliances' never reinstalled/backed-up/get corrupted ?
> LinHES doesn't mix your data and the OS. By default, all your data goes on a
> separate partition (/myth).
>> IMO LinHES either needs 2 disks (1 OS, 1 for partitioned data) or you have
>> to live with everything on a single, massive partition. That's certainly
>> something that would influence my choice of distro!
> Again, LinHES has never used a single partition for everything. It simply
> doesn't make sense. For most of it's history, KnoppMyth never used a single
> partition for everything. I don't know where you are getting for information
> from but it is wrong.
>> And it seems so unnecessary. I can't see a reason for it. IMO allowing a
>> (standard) partition install would only increase its usage/popularity, even
>> if only for trials - I certainly can't be bothered to set up a VM just to
>> try it out....
> See above.
>> Regards
> --
> Enjoy the day,
> Cecil
> Hi Cecil,
> By "partition install" I mean installing to a specific partition (or unused
> part) of a disk without affecting any other partitions of a disk.
> It was some time ago but I remember being confronted with a screen asking
> for an Install disk and partition sizes. With the "appliance" talk, and
> LinHES installation info being somewhat scarce, I got the impression it was
> going to wipe the whole disk (and my data) to use for itself, so I aborted
> at that point and gave up. I was busy at the time so I probably wasn't
> thinking straight...
> I was hoping someone would contradict me but the previous responses appeared
> to confirm my supposition, thus the rant.
> However, after a bit more thought and re-reading of the Install guide I
> suspect now that a further page (undocumented 3a?) would have allowed me to
> specify the disk area for LinHES to use for its partitions. Certainly the
> installation won't do anything until screen 10, so I've probably been
> spouting rubbish, haven't I?
> Thanks for setting me straight on the OS/data partitions issue. The point I
> was really trying to address was whether LinHES can co-exist on a disk with
> pre-existing data partitions.
> I've never tried Arch/Knoppix and have been using Ubuntu for so many years I
> was confused by the different installation process - "select a disk for
> installation and click Next" tends to make me panic when I've got valuable
> data there!
> Thanks for responding. I'll try it again sometime. And take it to the LinHES
> forums next time...

Before you do anything, install it in a virtualbox setup. As a tryout
you can do this on any suitably powerful (reasonable processor/ram and
some disk space). You can't damage anything then. It'll give you a
feel for the installer.

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