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Ubuntu with MythTV, a special distribution of Linux to turn old systems into dedicated DVRs

editor's review





Welcome to the Karmic Koala edition of Mythbuntu, an open source distribution of Linux based on the well known Ubuntu operating system and built around the MythTV application. The main design goal is to offer a distraction-free and easy-to-use solution for building dedicated DVR (Digital Video Record) system in no time.

Distributed as Live CDs for the 64-bit and 32-bit architectures

Mythbuntu 9.10 was officially unveiled on the 29th of October 2009 along with other Ubuntu flavors, and supported until April 30, 2011. It is distributed as two Live CD ISO images, one for each of the supported architectures (32-bit and 64-bit), which must be burned onto CD discs or written on USB flash drives in order to boot them from the BIOS of a PC.

They come with the same boot loader that was available on the previous version, allowing the user to try Mythbuntu without any change to his or her computer, run a system memory test, boot an existing operating system from the first drive, check the disc for defects (only if using a CD media), and install the distribution without testing it (not recommeneded).

The same minimal Xfce desktop environment and powerful MythTV frontend

The distro comes with the same minimal and lightweight desktop environment powered by Xfce, except for the fact that it has been beautified with a black theme. The powerful MythTV frontend application is installed and lets users to watch TV channels and other media on their computers.

In addition, the distribution features the VLC Media Player, Thunar file manager, Synaptic Package Manager, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mousepad text editor, and the Mythbuntu Control Center tool, which allows the user to configure various aspects of Mythbuntu.

Bottom line

In conclusion, Mythbuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) proves to be another great release of this unique project that allows anyone to turn an old or semi-old computer into a dedicated DVR system. This version is no longer supported and has been archived for historical purposes only.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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