Mythbuntu 7.10 is out!


Mythbuntu team recently released the first stable version of its MythTV distribution based on the latest Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon). The first list of features includes:

  • Frontend can be run from the live CD
  • Complete installations(Backend, Frontend, Backend/Frontend, etc)
  • Xfce4 Desktop Environment
  • Easily upgrade from Ubuntu Gutsy to Mythbuntu
  • Custom Mythbuntu MythTV theme
  • GUI setup of LIRC
  • Setup MythTV optimizations through MCC

Full release notes can be found here. To download and read upgrade instructions go to that page.

It’s good that Mythbuntu developers follow by Ubuntu releases. Waiting for LinuxMCE team to do like that 🙂

Ubuntu Home Server

Ubuntu Home Server

Recently I discovered Ubuntu Home Server Project. As project creators say:

Ubuntu Home Server (UHS) will be an edition of the Ubuntu operating system which allows users to administer their home network. With Ubuntu Home Server you will be able to store all your music, songs and pictures in one central location, to access your files over the internet and to backup all the computers in your house.

So, hopefully we’ll have a good alternative to Windows Home Server. Especially, Ubuntu has the most attractive user interface IMHO. Also, we should take into account that recently open source home automation system Plutohome was ported to Kubuntu. I can see the good tendency that two great software product for home are concentrated on the same OS.

Ubuntu’s gonna be port to Samsung Q1

Ubuntu on Samsung Q1

It seems that Windows monopoly in the UMPC area is gonna be ended. TVease, producer of HTPC based on Ubuntu and MythTV, is planning to port full Ubuntu Linux distribution including OpenOffice, GIMP, MythTV to the Windows-based UMPC Samsung Q1. Since that company produces media centers with MythTV inside I suppose that the target of that port is a possibility to run full featured MythTV on UMPC.

Linux folks already tried to run (not install) Ubuntu on Q1 in LiveCD mode. So, TVease decided to expand and improve that. Well, let’s see how it’ll be. We expect release Ubuntu for Q1 of at least official announce on August.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

MythTV + Ubuntu = Mythbuntu

Additionally to Mythdora and Knoppmyth we got now Mythbuntu – Ubuntu based MythTV distribution. The alpha version of Mythbuntu allows to run a live frontend from CD. So, it’s good opportunity to test it without installing. Mythbuntu 7.04 Public Alpha 1 can be downloaded here (checksum).

However, this version has serious limitations:

  • Proprietary graphics detection isn’t included yet
  • TV Out isn’t included yet
  • Firmware grabbing hasn’t been included yet
  • LIRC hasn’t been included yet

Hope the beta version will come soon and those features will be included there.

How to feed your cat remotelly

Linux-Controlled DIY Cat Feeder

To build your owautomatic cat feeder you need following parts: old CD Rom, PC with Ubuntu Linux (I suspect that any Linux distibution will be appropriate) and a box with cat food. Detailed instractions can be found here. Don’t forget that you should have a SSH access to run feeder script manually 🙂

Have a good vacation!

[via TechEBlog]

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