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This is my page for MythTV information, including details of my book on the topic.


Tue, 28 Apr 2009



MythTV Chapter Ready: The Hard Way: Installing MythTV From Source

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Mon, 27 Apr 2009



How I plan on handling Ubuntu and Mythbuntu 9.04

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MythTV Chapter Ready: The Hard Way: Installing Ubuntu

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Thu, 29 Jan 2009



Restricting anonymous edits

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Tue, 27 Jan 2009



MythTV Chapter Ready: The Easy Way: Installing MythBuntu

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Looking for a logo

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Tue, 20 Jan 2009



MythTV Chapter Ready: Selecting Hardware

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Mon, 19 Jan 2009



MythTV Chapter Ready: Introduction

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Sun, 18 Jan 2009



Introducing the online MythTV book

    This post is syndicated from online MythTV book blog.


    When parts of the first edition of the MythTV book became out of date, I decided to take the book online and ask others to help me improve it and bring it up to date. There is a blog for announcements, at http://mythtvbook.com/blog and if you're interested in helping out, please visit the Help Wanted page.

    This book does not aim to be a complete reference to MythTV or a guide for how to develop plug-in modules for MythTV. Although we include a brief overview of the major features of MythTV, we explore only those parts of MythTV that are relevant to the projects in this book, which will include all the parts of MythTV that an average user will be interested in. It will also give you an excellent grounding for further projects with MythTV as well. This book is intended as a hobbyist's project guide, providing suggestions about what sort of projects you could take on and how we went about implementing our own versions of those projects.

    Instead of including exhaustive coverage of features that few people use, we'll provide pointers to how to find out about those features, and we'll cover the 80 percent of MythTV's functionality that everyone will find useful. That way, this book will be genuinely useful to people setting up MythTV, instead of being a boring reference manual.

    However, because the book is a wiki, anyone can add content if they want to. If there is genuine interest in the book being something other than what I envisage, then that is fine. The only barrier I have imposed is that chapters which become "official" (in other words are listed in the table of contents on the front page of the wiki) must go through both a technical review and a copy edit review. This will ensure that they're technically accurate, as well as being sufficiently well written. I am applying the same review criteria to my own chapters as well. I like to think of this as much like a code review before a patch is committed to an open source project.

    You can follow along with the progress of the project at the current events page, and if you're interested in helping with the authoring or review process, I suggest that you join the editors mailing list, which is much like the core developers list for a coding project.

    This is the first time I've tried a collaborative authoring project like this before, so I am very open to suggestions and comments. Additionally, I'd love some help getting the work done, and wouldn't mind some help with graphic design tasks as well.

    Tags for this post: mythtv book wiki project announce
    Related posts: LCA CD continues; How I plan on handling Ubuntu and Mythbuntu 9.04; MythTV Chapter Ready: The Hard Way: Installing MythTV From Source; Project Aardvark unmasked!; MythTV Chapter Ready: Selecting Hardware; MythTV Chapter Ready: The Easy Way: Installing MythBuntu

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Sat, 12 Apr 2008



init script

    Jake Graft pointed out in a comment that I had forgotten to put the init script from the MythTV book online. My apologies.
    #! /bin/sh
    #
    # mythbackend
    #
    
    PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin
    
    BACKEND=/usr/local/bin/mythbackend
    BACKEND_NAME=mythbackend
    
    MYTHUSER="myth"
    
    test -x $BACKEND || exit 0
    
    set -e
    
    case "$1" in
      start)
            echo -n "Starting MythTV: $BACKEND_NAME"
            su ${MYTHUSER} -c "$BACKEND -v all -d -l ${MBE_LOGFILE}" &
            echo "."
            ;;
      stop)
            echo -n "Stopping MythTV: $BACKEND_NAME"
            killall $BACKEND
            echo "."
            ;;
      *)
            echo "Usage: $0 {start|stop}" >&2
            exit 1
            ;;
    esac
    
    exit 0
    


    Tags for this post: mythtv book init script
    Related posts: Rsyncing everything but the data; Building a symlink tree for MythTV recordings

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Thu, 11 Oct 2007



The book is doing ok

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Fri, 14 Sep 2007



Illegal download sites for the MythTV book

    In the last week, I have discovered three download sites offering illegal downloads of the MythTV book e-book. If I can find three without really trying, I assume there are a lot more of them out there. This raises a question for which I don't have a good answer. Do illegal downloads of books increase, or decrease sales? I can see arguments either way, but I'm tending towards the belief that they don't increase sales.

    Does anyone out there have any data which isn't merely anecdotal? Want to share it?

    Tags for this post: mythtv book ebook piracy publishing
    Related posts: The Confusion; Igniting The Reaches; Color ebook!; Bonanza; Free Baen ebooks; Trying out the Apress e-book system

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Sun, 15 Jul 2007



More reviews

    I just got back from a lovely four days in Tasmania, and am just now catching up with the resulting email backlog. There are some new alerts about reviews of the MythTV book in there which are worth pointing out:

    I'm surprised and disappointed that the installation of MythTV through pre-built packages or a CD distributions like KnoppMyth or MythDora were not covered deeper than a sentence or two in passing. This is likely to be a turn off for readers who were hoping for a quick and simple method of getting MythTV up and going.

    ...

    On the whole I consider this a good book that is excellent for the new to intermediate MythTV user, although advanced users may pick a few good pieces of information out of it as well. It was well written and covered most items at just about the right introductory (yes -- practical) level. Once it has taught you the basics, you can then go and look up more details online for features you want to get more information about.




    I think the comments about installation technique are fair, although the method described in the book is very likely to result in a nicely working MythTV system, which was not true for the MythTV packages that shipped with Ubuntu at the time of writing (they were a quite old version). Additionally, if you already have a Linux system you want to add MythTV to, then the way described in the book is better than the CD distributions because it doesn't involve a reinstall. I think it's horses for courses -- CD distributions are better for new users, but not for advanced users.

    I'll add coverage of CD distributions to my TODO list of things to cover here sometime in the future.

    Another review:

    My main concern would be the assumption of prior Linux knowledge. The introduction states you need limited or no experience with Linux or Unix. I think that in this case, some time should have been taken to introduce complete Linux newcomers into the Ubuntu environment, which is something that wasn't touched on an awful lot. The installation of Ubuntu was well-covered and is generally a very simple process, but after that not much time was given to familiarise the user with the Ubuntu environment used throughout the book.

    The rest of the book is extremely well written, clear and is a very good companion to MythTV. True to its name, it takes a practical approach to solving problems and if you're a Linux user interested in setting up a MythTV installation, it will make a very good resource.




    Again, it is fair comment to say that we don't spend much time introducing Ubuntu apart from the bits needed to get MythTV working (we talk about installing Ubuntu on bare metal, apt, packages, LVM, disk resizing and so forth). Then again, I imagine that most people who build a PVR machine for their living room only run the PVR software on the machine, and don't tend to use the machine as a general purpose system. After all, who wants to write email on a TV sitting on the couch? Laptops are much better for that. There are also many excellent Ubuntu and Debian books out there already, so it would be a shame to lose focus on our core content and try to be too general. For those needing a more complete Ubuntu introduction I highly recommend Beginning Ubuntu, The Official Ubuntu Book and Ubuntu Hacks.



    So, I'm going to chalk that up as two positive reviews, both with useful comments to consider for next time.

    Tags for this post: mythtv book review
    Related posts: Book reviews; Review priorities as we approach juno-3; Working on review comments for Chapters 2, 3 and 4 tonight; Slow git review uploads?; Review; The Wild Palms Hotel

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Sun, 03 Jun 2007



Review

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Fri, 04 May 2007



Book printed!

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Sun, 15 Apr 2007



Status

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Thu, 29 Mar 2007



Done and done

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Sun, 04 Feb 2007



Time for a status update?

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Fri, 24 Nov 2006



Book status

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Sun, 15 Oct 2006



Cat, bag, out

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