[nSLUG] PVR systems

Robin Murray nibor.yarrum at gmail.com
Tue Feb 8 10:54:44 AST 2011

Wow, how long has it been since you've installed MythTV?

I started with Kubuntu Breezy, and installation was extremely complex, with
a very steep learning curve. The latest distros have made the process easier
by orders of magnitude, essentially just apt-get install's and answer a few
questions, then define your inputs and channels at schedulesdirect, and
Bob's your uncle.

My system would run for months and months with 0 issues, it just hummed. The
remote worked fine. It's been used by kids of all ages and non-technical
spouses, and rather than being turned off or frustrated by it, they never
want to go back to regular TV again. This in itself speaks volumes.

Saying the mythtv community is rude is a generality. Like most other groups,
the vast majority are great, with a few assholes sprinkled in.

Robin Murray
Hatchet Lake,
Nova Scotia

On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 10:04 PM, Michael Sutherland <
mike at checkthisshitout.com> wrote:

> On 2011-02-07, at 1:40 PM, Ted Tibbetts wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I'm considering a PVR system as a gift for someone who is not
> particularly techically proficient.
> That one statement tells me that MythTV is not the right option.
> The below is my opinion based on the many years I spent with MythTV:
> MythTV is an application+scripts that runs on top of linux, its a tinkerers
> dream but not reliable enough to stand the test of time.   When it works, it
> works well, assuming of course you've nailed all the installation gotchas,
> have mastered the installation process and know all of the quirks of your
> system and hardware.  In my experience this is something that can take
> years. With lots of experimentation and failed attempts to get right.
> So what do you get for all your invested time?  An outdated interface,
> finicky remote control interaction and a power hungry system that is always
> on.   A ticking time bomb if you will, with many points of failure.  Ask
> yourself if you want to support this?
> Don't get me wrong, what MythTV can do for an open source application is
> awesome.  Compared to other PVR programs paid or otherwise its a head of the
> pack.  Is it end user ready, no.  Buy or rent a settop pvr box from the
> provider.
> Not to mention the MythTV community is plain rude...
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