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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.
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