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Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) upgrade

June 12, 2006 1 comment

Having heard nothing but good things about the release of Dapper I decided to go ahead and upgrade my main Ubuntu (actually Edubuntu) machine. I had very few problems. The network card decided to stop working, but I had a gigabit card sitting there that I wanted to install in it anyway. That went as painlessly as a network card installation can go. I had to redo my MythTV initial frontend settings but then it was back in action just like I left it.
I also have a cheap ($50 for motherboard AND CPU) Via C3 machine that has been trying to find a home. I downloaded the Xubuntu ISO and installed it on there. Xubuntu is a slimmed down version of Ubuntu with XFCE for a window manager instead of gnome. It is now a solid little internet workstation. I am very impressed with the ease of installation, and polished finish that distrubtion has. Very impressed. I will probably start recommending Xubuntu for low-end or older computers for use as internet stations.

 Easiest upgrade method for my systems:

 replace contents of /etc/apt/sources.list with:

## All officially supported packages, including security- and other updates
deb dapper main restricted
deb dapper-security main restricted
deb dapper-updates main restricted

## All community supported packages, including security- and other updates
deb dapper universe multiverse
deb dapper-security universe multiverse
deb dapper-updates universe multiverse

## The source packages (only needed to recompile existing packages)
#deb-src dapper universe multiverse
#deb-src dapper-security universe multiverse
#deb-src dapper-updates universe multiverse

# For more possible sources, all eperimental and to be used with caution, visit


from a terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade 

Categories: DIY, MythTV, Software, ubuntu

nfs setup for Ubuntu MythTV frontend

April 4, 2006 Leave a comment

You need to do this to mount the backend's videos and video images directories on remote frontend clients. These folder locations are based on my current configuration, not the default. It assumes the directories are already being shared via nfs on the backend server.

1. add portmap package in synaptic

2. from a terminal:

sudo mkdir /myth

sudo mkdir /myth/videos

sudo mkdir /myth/video-images

cd /myth

sudo chmod 777 *
sudo gedit /etc/fstab
<backend server>:/myth/videos /myth/videos nfs rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14,intr

<backend server>:/myth/video-images /myth/video-images nfs rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14,intr

Save the file

sudo mount -a

The directories should be available immediately and after reboot.

Categories: DIY, Make, MythTV, networking, ubuntu

MythTV howto

March 28, 2006 Leave a comment

Here is another pretty concise Ubuntu/MythTV guide. I'm reloading mine for practice and since I've messed with it too much.

Categories: DIY, Make, MythTV, ubuntu

MythTV & Ubuntu Breezy

March 9, 2006 Leave a comment

I recently got MythTV working on my Ubuntu Breezy box. Installing MythTV was a bit of a battle, but it is really cool. I've been spending more and more time on that Ubuntu machine. more and more it is getting to be as useful as my Mac is, though there are still a few missing critical pieces for me. My main XP machine hosed up, and I decided to turn it into a firewall instead and put a second head on my Mac. My other XP machine is now used almost exclusively for the kids to play games on, and to extract recordings from my Dish Network DVR. I do spend a lot of time on my 2003 terminal server, but I can do that from any of my other machines.

Categories: DIY, Make, MythTV, Software