8.10 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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An Ubuntu-based operating system that was built around the MythTV DVR application

editor's review




Welcome to the Intrepid Ibex edition of Mythbuntu, an open source operating system based on the Desktop and Alternate editions of the Ubuntu Linux distribution and built around the MythTV digital video recorder application.

Available only as Desktop CDs

Mythbuntu 8.10 was officially announced on October 30, 2008 and supported with security patches and software updates until April 30, 2010. It was available for download as Desktop and Alternate CD ISO images for the 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms, which means that the user can try or install the distribution on a local drive.

It is a must to burn the ISO images to CD discs or write them to USB flash drive in order to boot them from the BIOS of a PC. The standard boot prompt will allow the user to start the live environment, boot an existing OS from the local drive, run a memory test, check the integrity of the CD, and install the distribution.

Your own personal DVR system, based on Ubuntu

Mythbuntu's sole purpose is to provide users with a hassle-free solution for installing the MythTV software on top on an Ubuntu base and transform old and semi-old computers into powerful and dedicated DVR (Digital Video Recorder) systems. The desktop environment used in Mythbuntu is very basic, as it is not designed to be used as a desktop system.

Besides MythTV, it includes various popular open source multimedia applications like VLC Media Player, GMPlayer, and MythTV Frontend, which allows users to watch TV channels, browser their media library, manage recordings and optical discs, etc. In addition, the Mozilla Firefox web browser is also included in this release.

Bottom line

In conclusion, Mythbuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) is an interesting project that does exactly what it says on the tin, helping you to turn old and semi-old machines into dedicated digital video recording systems powered by the latest MythTV and Ubuntu technologies. This version is no longer supported and has been archived for historical purposes only.

Mythbuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 23rd, 2014
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