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A free software product that allows anyone to build a dedicated DVR system in no time

editor's review




Welcome to the Natty Narwhal edition of Mythbuntu, a completely free and open source project that strives to provide users with an easy-to-use-and-install operating system, based on the latest Ubuntu and MythTV technologies, for deploying dedicated DVR (Digital Video Recorder) systems with minimum effort and without paying for expensive products.

Available as Live CDs that can be tested for before installation

Mythbuntu 11.04 was officially announced on April 28, 2011 along with several other Ubuntu flavors, and supported with security patches and software updates until October 28, 2012. It can be downloaded as Live CD ISO images for the 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms. The user must burn the ISO images onto CD discs or write them on USB flash drives in order to boot them from the BIOS of a PC.

The boot loader has not been modified from the previous release, allowing the user to try the operating system without installing anything, boot an existing OS from the first drive, perform a RAM test, check the integrity of the CD, as well as to directly install the distribution on a local drive, which is something that we don't recommend.

Still using the same minimal set of tools and clean desktop environment

It appears that the desktop environment has not been changed also, providing users with a clean, black and lightweight graphical interface powered by Xfce and designed with a single goal in mind, to allow the user to test the MythTV Frontend and install the operating system using the graphical installer.

Furthermore, the same minimal set of tools in preinstalled in this new Mythbuntu release, such as VLC Media Player, Mozilla Firefox web browser, HDHomeRun Config GUI, Thunar file manager, Mythbuntu Control Center, Mythbuntu Log Grabber, Synaptic Package Manager, and the Bulk Rename utility.

Bottom line

All in all, Mythbuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) proved to be a minimalistic, easy-to-use-and-install and very fast operating system for transforming old and semi-old computers into dedicated DVR stations. This version is no longer supported and has been archived for historical purposes only.

Mythbuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 24th, 2014
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