Welcome to the Hardy Heron edition of Mythbuntu, an open source distribution of Linux designed from the ground up to be deployed as a dedicated DVR (Digital Video Recorder) station. It is based on the latest MythTV and Ubuntu technologies.
Distributed only as Alternate CDs
Mythbuntu 8.04 was announced on April 24, 2008 and supported for approximately one and a half years, during which it received a single maintenance release, 8.04.1 on July 3, 2008. At the moment is only available for download as Alternate CD ISO images for the 64-bit (amd64) and 32-bit (i386) instruction set architectures.
The boot menu of the Alternate CD only allows users to install the distribution on a local drive, without the possibility to test it. In addition, it is also possible to rescue a broken operating system, boot an existing OS from the first drive, test the computer's memory for errors, as well as to check the bootable medium for defects (only if using a CD media).
Standard text-mode Ubuntu installation
The text-mode installation will require users to choose a language and country, set up the keyboard, configure the clock, partition the disk, create a user, configure the package mirror, choose which software to install, configure LIRC (Linux Infrared Remote Control), configure mythtv-common, and set the system clock.
Basic desktop environment with a minimal set of apps
As mythbuntu has not been designed to be used as an workstation, it features a very basic desktop environment powered by Xfce and a minimal set of applications, among which we can mention the Thunar file manager, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Synaptic Package Manager, and MythTV Frontend.
All in all, Mythbuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) is a decent operating system for transforming old and semi-old into dedicated and powerful DVR (Digital Video Recorder) systems powered by the latest Ubuntu and MythTV technologies. This version is no longer supported and has been archived for historical purposes only.