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Linux Mint 18 xfce & Mythtv 0.28



I thought it was time for the move up to the current stable versions of Linux and Mythtv.  Being Mythbuntu 16.04.1 (LTS) and Mythtv 0.28 using the mythtv PPA.  The installation went without issue and I was greeted with the mythbuntu desktop.  From then on after Mythtv was configured I had a few issues with the backend not starting, because of mysql not being ready or the network not being up in time. Mostly common issues.  So with the knowledge of the Mythbuntu crew disbanding after a lot of good years bringing mythtv simplicity to the masses, I thought it was time to move on myself.

My new choice of Distro, had to be fairly light weight, due to the hardware I normally run it on being a few generations old already. So Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” xfce looked like a great starting point.  I have been a long time fan of Linux Mint, running the KDE version as my preferred desktop for quite a few years. I downloaded the linuxmint-18.1-xfce-64bit.iso and installed it to a Sandisk Ultra II SSD with a second 2Tb HDD for recordings.  The SSD has the root partition /, while the 2Tb HDD has swap and /mythtv partitions.

After the successful installation, I normally change my software sources to an Australian mirror, preferably hosted data free by my ISP.  After that I bring everything up to date with:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Then I add the Mythtv 0.28 PPA (to get all the fixes)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mythbuntu/0.28
sudo apt-get update

Now its time to install mythtv and some of my favourite programs like gedit, xarchiver & kodi

sudo apt-get install mythtv mythtv-backend-master gedit xarchiver kodi

Now install the mythbuntu-lirc-generator and configure it.  I selected Windows (all) as the remote type and further config here is based on those remotes only.

sudo apt-get install mythbuntu-lirc-generator

Load irexec at boot to enable us to launch mythfrontend.  I had issues doing this with systemd, so I resorted to a bash script called by the login session autostart.  (Settings > Session and Startup > Application Autostart)

sudo apt-get install mythbuntu-lirc-generator

Work in Progress……



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