Only while waiting for the Myth Buntu ISO image to download did I decide to check out its competition.
Myth Buntu Public Alpha 3 is based on development builds of Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon," and provides users with Myth TV version 0.20.1.
As opposed to Myth TV itself, which does this as a matter of course, Myth Stream TV transcodes material on the fly to make it more suitable for slower network connections, possibly over the Internet.
./configure --disable-x11 --disable-xvideo --disable-gtk --disable-sdl --enable-ffmpeg \ --with-ffmpeg-mp3lame --with-ffmpeg-zlib --enable-mad --enable-libdvbpsi \ --enable-a52 --disable-dvdplay --enable-dvdnav --enable-vorbis --enable-ogg \ --enable-theora --enable-mkv --enable-freetype --disable-cddax --disable-vcdx \ --enable-speex --enable-flac --enable-goom --enable-livedotcom --enable-caca \ --disable-skins2 --enable-modplug --enable-debug --enable-gpl --enable-mp3lame \ --enable-pp --with-ffmpeg-tree=/video/extra/ffmpeg-cvs-2004-11-10 ./configure --disable-x11 --disable-xvideo --disable-gtk --disable-sdl --enable-ffmpeg \ --with-ffmpeg-mp3lame --with-ffmpeg-faac --with-ffmpeg-zlib --enable-mad \ --enable-libdvbpsi --enable-a52 --disable-dvdplay --enable-dvdnav \ --enable-vorbis --enable-ogg --enable-theora --enable-mkv --enable-freetype \ --disable-cddax --disable-vcdx --enable-speex --enable-flac --enable-goom \ --enable-livedotcom --enable-caca --disable-skins2 --enable-modplug \ --enable-debug --enable-gpl --enable-mp3lame --enable-pp At the top of Myth Web there should now be a link that says 'Stream Program'.
Once you burn a disc and pop it into the optical drive, all three contestants follow the same basic playbook: install the operating system, set up Myth TV's back end, then launch the Myth TV front end. Normally that is a fixable mistake, but when the live CD fails to start X and drops to single-user mode, you first must repair xorg.conf, then figure out how to resume the installation process.
Since Myth Buntu is at such a preliminary release stage, this problem will probably get fixed when upstream Gutsy Gibbon stabilizes.
It was bound to happen, as new technology becomes more and more demanding.Interested parties are advised to subscribe to the mythtv-commits mailing list and read the commit messages as they come out. In a project like Myth TV where every release contains a new feature we'd be on version 23.0, but that doesn't give an accurate impression of where Myth TV is in its development.Myth TV is very stable, but it cannot be said that the developers consider it to be finished, and the version numbering reflects that.Its kernel supports PAE in order to enable full access to RAM memory over the 4Gi B limit.Platypux has been developed using the source code from the Linux From Scratch project, but also counts on source code for BLFS (Beyond Linux From Scratch) and ALFS (Automated Linux From Scratch) Linux distros.