Mythbuntu 14.04.1 Released

posted Aug 6, 2014, 7:30 AM by Thomas Mashos   [ updated ]

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

How I got started developing for Mythbuntu (or how you can help too)

posted Jan 16, 2013, 11:42 AM by Thomas Mashos

I wrote this blog post after having a conversation on IRC with someone (snippet below)

* sabhain wants to be laga in his next life and restore the diskless stuff to its awesomeness of 10.04

<tgm4883> sabhain, then the first step, would be joining #ubuntu-mythtv-dev

<sabhain> tgm4883, lol then step 0 would be to have time and learn programming beyond F90

<tgm4883> sabhain, possibly. I didn't know python though before I started helping out


Back in late 2006, I was what I like to think the average "computer guy". Whether they are purchasing a new computer or having computer issues friends and family all came to me with their questions. I knew a fair amount about the latest video cards, processors, RAM, and hard drives. I knew the best places to buy these things online, and I had built my previous two desktops. I had been exposed to Linux a few times previously, but hadn't really used it as a long term solution. I had been hopping back and forth between Windows XP and Fedora Core (4 - 6). This all changed at the beginning 2007.

At the end of 2006, I was finally fed up with the reformat and reinstall everything loop that is the maintenance cycle of Windows (although I had customized my install disk, so it was pretty quick). I made the decision to try and use Linux as a full time solution. Now I don't recall the reason I left Fedora (I have a vague recollection it was some issue I had with Yum), but I installed Ubuntu 6.10 in early 2007 on my Dell Inspiron 5100. I chose Ubuntu probably because of a Google search, but possibly also DistroWatch (previously, I had installed and tested Redhat 9, Mandrake, and SuSe). As I recall, it was also the first distro that didn't make my fan run at full speed 100% of the time. As I could now run Ubuntu on my laptop and not have it sound like a jet engine (and the battery ran considerably longer too), I was free to see what else I could do with Linux.

I had an old TV Tuner card laying around, so I looked into what software was available to make a DVR. This led me to MythTV and the #ubuntu-mythtv channel on IRC. This was around April 2007 and pre-Mythbuntu. As this was pre-Mythbuntu, MythTV was still a pain to setup. On top of that I was recording from a cable box, so I was recording over firewire (since my tuner was a crappy software encoder). I received a lot of help from someone who went by the handle majoridiot. As most of this was knowledge people had from installing it, I decided I was going to help out where I could. At this point, I didn't know any programming languages. I was a senior in college getting a BS in Information Systems, but we were required to take 2 Java programming classes, and the only thing I remembered was that I could define how to draw a circle and then just call drawCircle() whenever I needed it (oop ftw).

I started helping with documentation as it seemed the easy thing to do. Since Mythbuntu was just starting up there was much stuff to do, so I helped where I could. If the website needed updating I helped update it. Something needed tested, I installed it in a VM and tested it. Website needed completely rebuilt from Google cache because the host that Mythbuntu used went down and our contact would completely ignore every attempt we had to contact them (yes that actually happened in the early days. No I will not name who it was), lets get to rebuilding it. Eventually it came that there were things missing that would need to be developed. As most of the other developers knew Python, it seemed like a good thing to learn. So I started learning Python and making my first program. Where did I learn how to program in Python? From http://docs.python.org/ and superm1, the lead Mythbuntu developer.

So now I'm one of the main Mythbuntu developers and have been for some time. I've gotten both of my post-college jobs, been sponsored to go to UDS (2x), and am now working on the MythTV integration for Ubuntu TV, all because of my involvement with Mythbuntu. I point this out not as a "look at how awesome I am" but a "look what you can do just by investing your time in something you like".

If you want to help out in a project you love (whether it is Mythbuntu, MythTV, or anything else), we really do mean it when we say "No programming experience necessary". There are many different areas to help in, so come and talk to us and we can find a good fit for you. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the time spent can help you in other areas of your life/career.

TL:DR - You don't need programming experience if you want to help create something awesome. You can help in non-programming ways or learn it on the way. Come talk to us in #ubuntu-mythtv-dev and we'll help find you something to do.


I'd also like to thank superm1, daviey, rhpot1991, mrandr, majoridiot, foxbuntu, davemorris, and anyone else that has helped me along the way. I wouldn't be where I am now without the help from these people.

Mythbuntu Google+ community is up!

posted Dec 7, 2012, 10:33 AM by Thomas Mashos

As you've probably noticed with lots of other sites, we've created a community on Google+. Everyone join now at https://plus.google.com/communities/109952365121767056093

New Website!

posted Nov 27, 2012, 11:46 AM by Thomas Mashos

Over the past week we've been migrating content over to a new provider. At the same time, we've been updating our website theme with the new logos that our design team worked on. (thanks troy_s) 

Everything should work, so if something is broken or you have questions or comments please email me (tgm4883) at my @mythbuntu.org address.

New Features:

  • Updated theme
  • Website that is easier to maintain
  • MythTV related search that actually works (searches MythTV wiki and mailing lists too)

12.04.1 Released!

posted Nov 21, 2012, 3:56 PM by Thomas Mashos

Mythbuntu 12.04.1 has been released. 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 0.25 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.

Changes from Mythbuntu 11.10:

Highlights

  • MythTV 0.25 (2:0.25.0+fixes.20120410.1f5962a-0ubuntu1)
  • Starting with 12.04, the Mythbuntu team will only be doing LTS releases. See this page for more info.
  • Enable MythTV and Mythbuntu Updates repositories directly from the Mythbuntu Control Centre without needing to install the mythbuntu-repos package

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"
  • Upgrading from 10.04 -> 12.04 will result in a broken system (grub isn't installed properly) see Bug 978464
  • If you are upgrading and want to use the HTTP Live Streaming you need to create a Streaming storage group
  • Upgrading using the LiveCD will overwrite the /var directory (database and default recording location among others) see Bug 992241

The ISO is available here

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