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Old 12-17-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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What is the best distro for an HTPC?


I am building a new computer to use as a Home Theater PC. So I want an Operating System that is geared for playing media. I want something that comes with everything I need. If I want to play a DVD, stream a movie, play a flash video, etc. etc. I want something that will do all of that without me having to tweak this and tweak that and install this and install that. I have used Ubuntu for a couple years and have tried Mint but these are not set up to do this. I have spent many hours on forums asking how to get these to play a DVD or stream media.

So, what distro do you recommend for a HTPC?

Many Thanks,
Jim
 
Old 12-17-2010, 04:01 PM   #2
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http://mythbuntu.org/
 
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:06 PM   #3
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MythUbuntu says it's an "add-on for Ubuntu". So do I install Ubuntu first and then install MythUbuntu on top of Ubuntu? I am building a new computer.

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Jim
 
Old 12-17-2010, 04:11 PM   #4
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I used a base Debian install and then installed MythTV on top. Mythdora, Mythbuntu, etc are good pre-packaged distros. Or you can use XBMC on any distro also. Not sure if there's prepackaged XBMC distros or not.
 
Old 12-17-2010, 05:52 PM   #5
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Just to clarify, I will not be using my HTPC as a TV tuner. I don't have a tuner card. All I want is to play DVD movies, stream video from the internet, and browse the internet. I won't be using my HTPC to record TV either. So is MythUbuntu still a good choice?

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Jim
 
Old 12-17-2010, 06:16 PM   #6
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Yes, but the best is to try. I tried both and stayed on XBMC, because I had problems with delayed audio. I like his default configurable skin, plugins, small installation. It require operating system, but can be configured to start automatically. It had some issues, like problems with fullscreen games and lack of tuner software, but it is expandable by plugins, which can be written in Python. There are also other software but I think these two are the best. Check example home theater PC software.
 
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:31 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. You have given me a lot to try. Hope everyone has a great Christmas.

Jim
 
  


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