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A simple and easy-to-use distribution of Linux for building digital video recording systems

editor's review




Welcome to the Oneiric Ocelot edition of Mythbuntu, a special flavor of the Ubuntu Linux operating system that allows anyone to turn old and semi-old machines into powerful and dedicated digital video recording systems powered by the open source MythTV DVR and PVR software, as well as the latest Linux technologies.

Available for amd64 and i386 instruction set architectures

Mythbuntu 11.10 was officially announced by Canonical on October 13, 2011 along with many other Ubuntu flavors, and supported with software updates and security patches until May 9, 2013. It is distributed as Live CD ISO images for the 64-bit (amd64) and 32-bit (i386) instruction set architectures, which must be burned onto CD discs or written on USB flash drives in order to boot them from the BIOS of a PC.

Once again, the Mythbuntu team did not bother to change the boot loader of the Live CDs, which works very well and provides users with the ability to try the operating system without any change to their computers, boot an existing OS from the first disk drive, check the CD disc for defects, as well as to directly install the distro (not recommended).

Chromium replaces Mozilla Firefox as the default web browser

While the entire graphical desktop environment looks and feel identical with the ones found on previous Mythbuntu releases, which is still powered by Xfce, it now uses the Chromium application as the default web browser, replacing Mozilla Firefox.

Among other preinstalled apps, we can mention MythTV Frontend, Mythbuntu Control Center, Mythbuntu Log Grabber, HDHomeRun Config GUI, VLC Media Player, Thunar file manager, and Bulk Rename.

Bottom line

Overall, Mythbuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) proves once again that this project is very mature and can be easily used by anyone who want to turn old computers into powerful DVR machines. This version is no longer supported and has been archived for historical purposes only.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
Mythbuntu - The desktop environment of the Mythbuntu 11.10 Linux operating system

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