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Old 10-22-2006, 09:54 AM   #1
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Media Centre Apps - TV, DVD, etc

Having searched this forum I know that similar questions keep coming up but none really hit the spot for me so, apologies, I'm asking another.

I have a PC, running Windows and serving as our TV, DVD player etc. i would very much like to migrate it to Linux (I moved my desktop PC to Linux/Ubuntu over a year ago and it's just great).

I've taken a look at MythTV and Freevo but from what I can gather, neither appears to offer a mouse-oriented UI. They both seem to use a keyboard and/or an IR remote.

The docs on MythTV don't mention a mouse at all. I'd install it and try it but the installation process seems very complex and uncertain (I've bounced off it once already). I'd rather not spend all that effort only to discover that it's not what i want.

We already use a Gyration wireless keyboard and mouse. These are designed for the exhibition/presentation market so have a long range and the mouse, in particular, is just excellent as a remote control but only if the app uses it.

So am I correct that MythTV and Freevo can't use a mouse ? Just this once I'd be delighted if I was blowing smoke . . .

Can anyone suggest a similar app that has a WIMP UI instead of a TV-remote UI ?
Old 10-22-2006, 11:48 AM   #2
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dont know about freevo, but MythTV CAN and will use a mouse if you wish it to. i would guess that freevo does too.
Old 10-22-2006, 12:32 PM   #3
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Thanks lleb. I'll roll my sleeves up and get started installing MythTV.
Old 10-25-2006, 06:34 PM   #4
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I have installed and am now running MythTV on my Fedora 5 box...and I have to say HATS OFF to the developers of this great suite of applications!

One question...

Getting a remote control to work with the Hauppage 150 card? How?

I have combed the web looking for success stories but this time no luck!


freevo, mouse, multimedia, mythtv

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