9.04 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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A Live CD operating system based on the ever-popular Ubuntu Linux and MythTV DVR

editor's review




Welcome to the Jaunty Jackalope edition of Mythbuntu, an open source and freely distributed operating system that uses the latest Ubuntu Linux operating system and MythTV software for delivering an easy-to-use DVR (Digital Video Recorder) solution. It uses the lightweight Xfce project as its main desktop environment.

You can now try Mythbuntu without any change to your computer

Mythbuntu 9.04 was officially announced April 23, 2009 and supported with software updates and the latest kernel patches until October 23, 2010. It can be downloaded as two Live CD ISO images, one for each of the supported hardware platforms (64-bit and 32-bit), which must be burned onto CD discs or written to USB flash drives in order to boot them from the BIOS of a PC.

The boot loader of the Live CDs have been designed in such a way that it allows the user to try Mythbuntu without installing it, boot an existing operating system from the first drive, perform a system memory test, check the disc for defects (only if using a CD media), as well as to install the distribution without testing it, which is something that we don't recommend.

Minimal Xfce desktop environment, powerful MythTV frontend

As mentioned, Mythbuntu's choice for a desktop environment has always been Xfce, which provides users with a minimal interface for trying the powerful MythTV frontend and used the graphical installer to install the distribution on a local drive.

Being designed to turn computers into dedicated DVR stations, Mythbuntu features a handful of apps, such as the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mousepad text editor, Thunar file manager, Xfce Terminal terminal emulator, MPlayer movie player, VLC Media Player, xine video player, and Synaptic Package Manager.

Bottom line

All in all, Mythbuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) was a pretty decent release when compared with the previous version, which means that the project gains interest among members of the Ubuntu and MythTV communities. Keep in mind that is no longer supported and has been archived for historical purposes only.

Mythbuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 23rd, 2014
Mythbuntu - The desktop environment of the Mythbuntu 9.04 Linux operating system

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