[mythtv-users] Recommended replacement to mythbuntu-desktop for Ubuntu 22.04

Mike Perkins mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Wed Sep 21 18:30:10 UTC 2022

On 21/09/2022 13:24, Tom Bishop wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 21, 2022 at 6:23 AM OpenMedia Support <support at openmedia.co.nz>
> wrote:
>>> On Tue, Sep 20, 2022 at 10:41 PM Stephen Worthington <
>>> stephen_agent at jsw.gen.nz> wrote:
>>>> On Wed, 21 Sep 2022 11:27:13 +1200, you wrote:
>>>>> Been really happy with the small footprint the mythbuntu-desktop has
>>>>> always provided, but for a 22.04 upgrade I need to change to something
>>>>> else for my frontends
>>>>> xubuntu-desktop and lubuntu-desktop both pull in a lot of redundant
>>>>> packages I don't require. Any other recommended options?
>>>>> Steve
>>>> I just did "apt remove mythbuntu-desktop" on my mother's MythTV box.
>>>> No other packages were removed (or added), and doing that should make
>>>> it possible to do the upgrade to 22.04.  But I have not tried that
>>>> yet.
>>>> On new installs, you would probably have to install xubuntu-desktop
>>>> and then remove the packages you did not want.  Or get a list of all
>>>> the packages that xubuntu-desktop installs and manually install only
>>>> the ones you want.
>>>> With the -desktop packages, it seems the dependencies are one way -
>>>> installing the -desktop package will install all the packages it
>>>> wants, but removing any of those packages afterwards will not cause
>>>> the -desktop package to be removed, and the packages you removed will
>>>> not be reinstalled.
>>> Mate is the desktop that I have been using for most of my installs even
>>> for
>>> my daily driver, not as light as xubuntu-desktop but its pretty snappy
>> and
>>> does what I need/want...also use it for my daily driver for most all my
>>> installs. Still probably pulls more than you would like but its pretty
>>> light.
>> currently all the alternative *-desktop options are too large for a
>> dedicated media frontent..
>> Current frontend has 1644 packages already which is a bit heavy. EG Cups,
>> lots of unused fonts,
>> xubuntu-desktop would add 425 packages which includes games, more fonts,
>> more cups components, plus libreoffice.
>> Even swapping to ubuntu-server adds a lot of stuff I simply don't need.
>> Any other options?
> Ubuntu-server is probably your best option which has a minimal installation
> option and then only install the packages that you want/need.
Why go to the monkey when you can go directly to the organ-grinder :)

My main front end is a basic Debian install. Just untick everything except ssh and the tools. Once I 
reboot and get a login prompt I install lxde - note, not lxde-desktop, which pulls in everything 
including the kitchen sink. That gives me a GUI from which I can then install whatever bits of 
mythtv I need.

I even have a much slimmer version which only uses openbox and automatically boots into nothing else 
but mythfrontend. If you are interested I'll have to dig out details; stuff has to be done in a 
certain order in order not to be locked out!


Mike Perkins

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