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Mythbuntu, mythbuntu
Mythbuntu is a media center operating system based on Ubuntu, integrates the MythTV Media center software as its main function, and does not install with all of the programs included with Ubuntu

Following the principles of fellow Linux distributions KnoppMyth and MythDora, Mythbuntu is designed to simplify the installation of MythTV on a home theater PC After Mythbuntu has been installed the MythTV setup program begins in which it can be configured as a frontend a media viewer, backend a media server, or combination of the two

Mythbuntu aimed to keep close ties with Ubuntu thus allowing changes to be moved upstream for the greater benefit of the Ubuntu Community1 Due to the close link with Ubuntu, easy conversions between desktop and standalone Mythbuntu installations are possible The development cycle of Mythbuntu originally followed that of Ubuntu, with releases occurring every six months Starting with 1204, Mythbuntu releases tracked Ubuntu's LTS long-term support releases, which release approximately every two years2

On 4 November 2016 the development team announced the end of Mythbuntu as a separate distribution, citing insufficient developers The team will continue to maintain the Mythbuntu software repository; the announcement advised new users to install another Ubuntu distribution, then install MythTV from the repository3


  • 1 Desktop
  • 2 Mythbuntu Control Centre
  • 3 Different applications of Mythbuntu
    • 31 Complete installation front-end and back-end
    • 32 Front-end-only installations
  • 4 Adding Mythbuntu to Ubuntu
  • 5 Version history
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Mythbuntu uses the Xfce desktop interface by default, but users can install ubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-desktop, or xubuntu-desktop through the Mythbuntu Control Centre, allowing users to get the default interfaces from those flavors of Ubuntu The only software that is included in this release is media-related software such as VLC, Amunix, and Rhythmbox

Mythbuntu Control Centreedit

The Mythbuntu Control Centre

The Mythbuntu Control Centre provides a GUI which can be used to configure the system The user can select what kind of system Backend, Frontend, Both they wish to have installed Inside the Control Centre, the user can perform common actions such as installing plugins for MythTV, configuring the MySQL database, setting passwords, and installing drivers and codecs MythTV updates can be enabled here as well as switching to the latest release version or development branch of MythTV Configuration of remote controls and a range of other utilities and small programs are performed all from within this program

Different applications of Mythbuntuedit

Complete installation front-end and back-endedit

Mythbuntu can be used to install a full MythTV system on a single device acting as both a client and a server The front-end is the software required for the visual elements or the GUI and is utilised by the common user to find, play, and manipulate media files The back end is the server where the media files, tuners, and database are actually stored A combined front-and-back-end system may have an advantage in that it has portability: it is a standalone device that is not dependent on a separate server, such as a gaming console

Front-end-only installationsedit

Diagram of a possible setup

Alternatively, Mythbuntu can be used to install a MythTV client: a front-end-only system This might be useful where users already have a central storage server in their home The central storage device can act as a MythTV server, and the MythTV front-end client software can be installed on devices with low-power hardware Mythbuntu can also run directly from a CD-ROM without installation, provided that there is a network connection to a PC with a MythTV back-end server

Using a server separate from one or more front-end units offers the ability to use multiple clients with simultaneous access to a single repository of shared media files The server used would generally have hardware of a relatively high specification and can be kept outside of the main living room or other entertainment area of the home Another advantage is the ability to move some of the potentially noisy hardware out of the living room, as low-noise, high-performance hardware can be expensive

Adding Mythbuntu to Ubuntuedit

Mythbuntu is an Ubuntu derivative that offers an easy single-click conversion from Ubuntu to Mythbuntu14 This means a user no longer needs to type in command line, which can be daunting to new users, or hunt for packages in the various package managers

Version historyedit

  • Mythbuntu 710 Gutsy Gibbon with MythTV 20 was released on Monday, October 22, 20075
  • Mythbuntu 804 Hardy Heron with MythTV 21 was released Thursday, Apr 24, 20086
  • Mythbuntu 810 Intrepid Ibex with MythTV 21 was released on Thursday Oct 30th, 20087
  • Mythbuntu 904 Jaunty Jackalope with MythTV 21-fixes was released on Thursday April 23, 20098
  • Mythbuntu 910 Karmic Koala with MythTV 22 was released on Thursday October 29, 20099
  • Mythbuntu 1004 Lucid Lynx with MythTV 23 was released on Thursday April 29, 201010
  • Mythbuntu 1010 Maverick Meerkat with MythTV 231 was released on October 19, 201011
  • Mythbuntu 1104 Natty Narwhal with MythTV 24 was released on April 28, 201112
  • Mythbuntu 1110 Oneiric Ocelot with MythTV 24 was released on October 13, 201113
  • Mythbuntu 1204 Precise Pangolin with MythTV 25 was released on April 26, 201214
  • Mythbuntu 12041 Precise Pangolin with MythTV 25-fixes was released on November 21, 201215
  • Mythbuntu 12042 Precise Pangolin with MythTV 252-fixes was released on February 14, 201316
  • Mythbuntu 12043 Precise Pangolin with MythTV 252-fixes was released on September 6, 201317
  • Mythbuntu 1404 Trusty Tahr with MythTV 27 was released on April 17, 201418
  • Mythbuntu 14041 Trusty Tahr with MythTV 27 was released on August 6, 201419
  • Mythbuntu 14042 Trusty Tahr with MythTV 27 was released on February 19, 201520
  • Mythbuntu 1604 Xenial Xerus with MythTV 28 was released on April 21, 201621

See alsoedit

  • MythTV
  • Home theater PC
  • XBMC
  • LinuxMCE
  • List of free television software


  1. ^ a b "Installing Mythbuntu packages within Ubuntu" 
  2. ^ "Mythbuntu LTS" 
  3. ^ Mashos, Thomas 2016-11-04 "Mythbuntu: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish" Mythbuntuorg Retrieved 5 November 2016 
  4. ^ "Install link target" 
  5. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/710/release
  6. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/804/release
  7. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/810/release
  8. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/904/release
  9. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/downloads
  10. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/1004/release
  11. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/1010/release
  12. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/1104/release
  13. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/1110/release
  14. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/1204/release
  15. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/home/news/12041released
  16. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/home/news/12042released
  17. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/home/news/12043released
  18. ^ https://sitesgooglecom/a/mythbuntuorg/website/home/news/mythbuntu1404releasedbetterlatethanneveredition
  19. ^ https://sitesgooglecom/a/mythbuntuorg/website/home/news/14041released
  20. ^ http://cdimageubuntucom/mythbuntu/releases/14042/release/
  21. ^ http://wwwmythbuntuorg/home/news/mythbuntu1604released

External linksedit

  • Official website

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