Mythbuntu: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

posted Nov 4, 2016, 3:00 PM by Thomas Mashos   [ updated Nov 5, 2016, 8:18 AM ]

It's been a long and fun ride from 7.10, but it's time to turn in our badge.

What is happening?
Mythbuntu as a separate distribution will cease to exist. We will take the necessary steps to pull Mythbuntu specific packages from the repositories (17.04 and later) unless someone steps up to take these packages over. MythTV packages in the official repositories and the Mythbuntu PPA will continue to be available and updated at their current rate.

Why is this happening?
Mythbuntu is a necessary distribution for easing some of the setup of MythTV, however through attrition we have dwidled from a team of ten down to two developers doing all of the work. Although we have automated as much as we can, the effort to both fix issues that pop up from underlying changes and release an ISO is more than the team can support in our free time.

What does this mean for users?
MythTV will continue to be available from the repositories just like any other package. 

For users wanting to install new installations, there will no longer be an ISO, the mythbuntu-desktop package, nor the Mythbuntu-Control-Centre. We recommend installing a slim distro (perhaps Xubuntu), add the Mythbuntu Repos, and install and configure MythTV from there.

For users looking for up to date versions of MythTV, we will continue to provide these updates through our PPA.

Special Thanks
bendaily - Administration, domain, DNS
daviey - Co-founder, hosted mythbuntu in the early days, helped write the build scripts, packaging
davemorris - user support
foxbuntu - Theme work
laga - Did all of the work on LTSP
majoridiot - Did much of the early firewire work for cable boxes
mrandr - testing, bug fixing
rhpot1991 - mythexport
superm1 - Co-founder, built MCC, build scripts, packaging, and a lot of other stuff that I can't mention in one line.
tgm4883 - Theme work, mythbuntu-repos code, mythbuntu-log-grabber, mythbuntu-bare, release stuff
troy_s - Did a lot of the theme work, giving us the more modern black theme
Upstream MythTV Developers
Ubuntu archive and release managers

What will we do now?
Mostly life. We all have other projects we are interested in and we'll continue to be around the Ubuntu community. We will also continue to provide the deb packages via our PPA and will continue working on snap packages. Our time has just been spread so thin for so long that something had to give.

Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.

Mythbuntu 16.04 Released

posted Apr 21, 2016, 9:29 AM by Thomas Mashos   [ updated Aug 10, 2016, 5:26 PM ]

CORRECTION 2016.04.23 - It was previously stated that 16.04 is a point release to 14.04. This was due to a silly copy&paste issue from our previous release statement for 14.04. The Mythbuntu 16.04 release is a flavor of Ubuntu 16.04. We're sorry for any confusion this has caused.


Mythbuntu 16.04 has been released. This is our third LTS release and will be supported until shortly after the 18.04 release.

The Mythbuntu team would like to thank our ISO testers for helping find critical bugs before release. You guys rock!

With this release, we are providing torrents only. It is very important to note that this release is only compatible with MythTV 0.28 systems. The MythTV component of previous Mythbuntu releases can be be upgraded to a compatible MythTV version by using the Mythbuntu Repos. For a more detailed explanation, see here.

You can get the Mythbuntu ISO from our downloads page.

Highlights

Underlying system

  • Underlying Ubuntu updates are found here

MythTV


We appreciated all comments and would love to hear what you think. Please make comments to our mailing list, on the forums (with a tag indicating that this is from 16.04 or xenial), or in #ubuntu-mythtv on Freenode. As previously, if you encounter any issues with anything in this release, please file a bug using the Ubuntu bug tool (ubuntu-bug PACKAGENAME) which automatically collects logs and other important system information, or if that is not possible, directly open a ticket on Launchpad (http://bugs.launchpad.net/mythbuntu/16.04/).

Upgrade Nodes

If you have enabled the mysql tweaks in the Mythbuntu Control Center these will need to be disabled prior to upgrading. Once upgraded, these can be reenabled.

Known issues

Mythbuntu theme survey

posted Jan 31, 2016, 10:25 AM by Thomas Mashos   [ updated Jan 31, 2016, 10:27 AM ]

The Mythbuntu team would like some feedback on our current MythTV theme. We would appreciate it if you filled out this survey (no personal data is collected) whether you use the theme or not.

Actions required by Nov 1st due to Schedules Direct change

posted Oct 15, 2014, 11:52 AM by Thomas Mashos   [ updated Oct 22, 2014, 12:13 PM ]

The following announcement will affect users using the Schedules Direct service to get guide data, including but not limited to USA and Canada.

On November 1st, 2014, the existing SD service is changing. 

We have been informed that Gracenote (formerly Tribune Media Services) will be ending the guide data service currently used by most users of Schedules Direct. Their plan is to end support for this service on November 1, 2014.

A service is being developed to mimic the DataDirect feed. It has most, but not all of the data currently in the Data Direct feed and will be updated daily. 

What does this mean for Schedules Direct?

The guide data provider (Gracenote) that Schedules Direct uses is changing how they present the guide data to users. Schedules Direct has taken it upon themselves to write a server side compatibility layer so existing applications will continue to get guide data. This does require a change in the URL that applications use to download which is why an update to MythTV is necessary.

What does this mean to you as a user?

If you have a paid subscription to Schedules Direct that will continue the way it has worked previously. A simple update to MythTV will be required for users on a supported version of MythTV.

Users that have enabled the MythTV Updates repo and are on a current version of MythTV and a supported version of Ubuntu will receive the fix for this via regular updates. The Mythbuntu team has always recommended enabling the MythTV Updates repo in the Mythbuntu Control Centre and staying up to date on fixes builds. The fix for this issue was added to our packages in the versions in the below table. More information on the Mythbuntu provided MythTV Update repo can be found here

Users on builds prior to 0.27 (eg. 0.26, 0.25) will need to either upgrade to a supported build version (see Mythbuntu Repos) or use one of the workarounds (See MythTV Wiki)

MythTV Version   Fixed in version
0.28 (development)2:0.28.0~master.20141013.4cb10e5-0ubuntu0mythbuntu#
0.27.X2:0.27.4+fixes.20141015.e4f65c8-0ubuntu0mythbuntu#
0.26.X2:0.26.2+fixes.20141022.4c4bb29-0ubuntu0mythbuntu1
Prior to 0.26.XWILL NOT BE FIXED, please either update or see the MythTV Wiki for a workaround


For more information on this issue, please see the writeup on the MythTV wiki. Questions can be directed to the MythTV-Users mailing list

Mythbuntu 14.04.1 Released

posted Aug 6, 2014, 7:30 AM by Thomas Mashos   [ updated Aug 22, 2014, 9:13 PM ]

Mythbuntu 14.04.1 has been released. This is a point release on our 14.04 LTS release. If you are already on 14.04, you can get these same updates via the normal update process.

The 14.04.x series of releases is the Mythbuntu team's second LTS and is supported until shortly after the 16.04 release.

You can get the Mythbuntu ISO from our downloads page.

Highlights

  • MythTV 0.27
  • This is our second LTS release (the first being 12.04). See this page for more info.
  • Bug fixes from 14.04 release

Underlying system

  • Underlying Ubuntu updates are found here

MythTV

  • Recent snapshot of the MythTV 0.27 release is included (see 0.27 Release Notes)
  • Mythbuntu theme fixes

We appreciated all comments and would love to hear what you think. Please make comments to our mailing list, on the forums (with a tag indicating that this is from 14.04 or trusty), or in #ubuntu-mythtv on Freenode. As previously, if you encounter any issues with anything in this release, please file a bug using the Ubuntu bug tool (ubuntu-bug PACKAGENAME) which automatically collects logs and other important system information, or if that is not possible, directly open a ticket on Launchpad (http://bugs.launchpad.net/mythbuntu/14.04/).

Known issues

  • If you are upgrading and want to use the HTTP Live Streaming you need to create a Streaming storage group
  • During an upgrade to 0.27, you may receive the following error message

    "ERROR 1046 (3D000) at line 22: No database selected" This means that your /etc/mythtv/config.xml file has incorrect info in it. Please fix this and try running the update again.

Mythbuntu 14.04 Released! (Better late than never edition)

posted Apr 17, 2014, 8:09 PM by Thomas Mashos   [ updated Apr 19, 2014, 7:04 AM ]

After some last minute critical fixes and ISO respins by the release team (thanks again Infinity, we owe you and the rest of the release team a beer), the Mythbuntu team is proud to announce we have removed our socks (see relevant post) and released Mythbuntu 14.04 LTS. This is the Mythbuntu team's second LTS release and is supported until shortly after the 16.04 release.

With this release, we are providing mirroring on sponsored mirrors and torrents. It is very important to note that this release is only compatible with MythTV 0.27 systems. The MythTV component of previous Mythbuntu releases can be be upgraded to a compatible MythTV version by using the Mythbuntu Repos. For a more detailed explanation, see here.

You can get the Mythbuntu 14.04 ISO from our downloads page.

Highlights

  • MythTV 0.27 (2:0.27.0+fixes.20140324.8ee257c-0ubuntu3)
  • This is our second LTS release (the first being 12.04). See this page for more info.

Underlying system

  • Underlying Ubuntu updates are found here

MythTV

  • Recent snapshot of the MythTV 0.27 release is included (see 0.27 Release Notes)
  • Mythbuntu theme fixes

We appreciated all comments and would love to hear what you think. Please make comments to our mailing list, on the forums (with a tag indicating that this is from 14.04 or trusty), or in #ubuntu-mythtv on Freenode. As previously, if you encounter any issues with anything in this release, please file a bug using the Ubuntu bug tool (ubuntu-bug PACKAGENAME) which automatically collects logs and other important system information, or if that is not possible, directly open a ticket on Launchpad (http://bugs.launchpad.net/mythbuntu/14.04/).

Known issues

  • Upgraders should hold off until our first point (14.04.1) coming this summer. (See bugs #1307546 )
  • Don't select VNC during install. It can be activated later. (Bug #1309752)
  • If you are upgrading and want to use the HTTP Live Streaming you need to create a Streaming storage group

Mythbuntu 14.04 is... coming later.

posted Apr 17, 2014, 10:13 AM by Thomas Mashos   [ updated Apr 17, 2014, 1:15 PM ]

While doing final QA testing of the image, the Mythbuntu team found a few release critical bugs. Despite our best efforts we were unable to resolve these issues in time so today we made the tough decision and decided to pull the ISO that was to be released.

We would like to congratulate the other Ubuntu Flavors on their 14.04 releases and have plans to join them with our 14.04 release in the next week. We would also like to thank all of our users for their patience and their continued support.

Critical Bugs


12.04.3 Released!

posted Sep 6, 2013, 1:05 PM by Thomas Mashos

Mythbuntu 12.04.3 has been released. This is a point release on our 12.04 LTS release. If you are already on 12.04, you can get these same updates via the normal update process.

Highlights

Underlying system

MythTV

  • Recent snapshot of the MythTV 0.25 release is included (see 0.25 Release Notes)
  • Mythbuntu theme fixes

For more detailed feature information please visit us on launchpad.

We appreciated all comments and would love to hear what you think. Please make comments to our mailing list, on the forums (with a tag indicating that this is from 12.04 or precise), or in #ubuntu-mythtv. As previously, if you encounter any issues with anything in this release, please file a bug using the Ubuntu bug tool (ubuntu-bug PACKAGENAME) which automatically collects logs and other important system information, or if that is not possible, directly open a ticket on Launchpad (http://bugs.launchpad.net/mythbuntu/12.04/).

Known issues

  • If upgrading and you have mythstream installed. Please remove mythstream before upgrading as mythstream is no longer supported.
  • If you have used Jamu in the past, you should run "mythmetadatalookup --refresh-all"
  • If you are upgrading and want to use the HTTP Live Streaming you need to create a Streaming storage group

12.04.2 Released!

posted Feb 14, 2013, 8:47 AM by Thomas Mashos   [ updated Feb 14, 2013, 2:37 PM by Mario Limonciello ]

Mythbuntu 12.04.2 has been released. This is a point release on our 12.04 LTS release. If you are already on 12.04, you can get these same updates via the normal update process.

Highlights

Underlying system

MythTV

  • Recent snapshot of the MythTV 0.25 release is included (see 0.25 Release Notes)
  • Mythbuntu theme fixes

For more detailed feature information please visit us on launchpad.

We appreciated all comments and would love to hear what you think. Please make comments to our mailing list, on the forums (with a tag indicating that this is from 12.04 or precise), or in #ubuntu-mythtv. As previously, if you encounter any issues with anything in this release, please file a bug using the Ubuntu bug tool (ubuntu-bug PACKAGENAME) which automatically collects logs and other important system information, or if that is not possible, directly open a ticket on Launchpad (http://bugs.launchpad.net/mythbuntu/12.04/).

Known issues

  • If upgrading and you have mythstream installed. Please remove mythstream before upgrading as mythstream is no longer supported.
  • If you have used Jamu in the past, you should run "mythmetadatalookup --refresh-all"
  • If you are upgrading and want to use the HTTP Live Streaming you need to create a Streaming storage group

The ISO is available here

Unity scope preview for MythTV

posted Jan 26, 2013, 12:32 PM by Thomas Mashos   [ updated Jan 26, 2013, 12:32 PM ]

The scopes for the MythTV integration in Unity have come along quite nicely. Check out a preview of them here http://youtu.be/J4HGSJZhmXM

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