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Simple PVR with KnoppMyth

Posted on 15 July 2005 by

Newsforge article on Building a PVR made simple with KnoppMyth

” Personal video recorders free you from the constraints of TV schedules, let you skip advertising, pause live TV, and much more. You can find commercial PVR products, such as Windows Media Centre Edition; dedicated devices, such as TiVo; and open source PVR projects, such as MythTV, which is widely hailed as the best free PVR solution, with features that even commercial competitors lack. MythTV’s downside is its complex setup; you need to install a Linux distro, then MythTV, which can be a daunting prospect for non-technical users. In 2003, developers combined MythTV with the Knoppix live CD distribution, which aims at simplifying Linux installations, to create KnoppMyth, a product that’s as easy to use as Knoppix, with the power of MythTV.

As anyone who has tried to install MythTV from the source can testify, simply getting it running can be quite a task. You need to be an adept user of Linux, and be able to take care of dependencies, file and directory permissions, compiler options, and other such complex tasks. Pre-compiled packages are available, but even these require some knowledge of Linux, and might entail some tinkering with file and directory permissions, user setup, and the like. KnoppMyth aims to simplify all that.”