Originally Posted by tux99
That's a lot of questions...
Personally I don't use MythTV (since I don't watch/record TV, I only watch media files stored on my file server) so I can't answer your detailed MythTV questions, but I guess for someone who is completely new to Linux Mint or Mythbuntu are better suited than SL6.
What makes SL6 less newbie friendly is that the packages needed are spread over a few different repositories, so you would have to learn which ones to choose and how to add/prioritise the various repos in the configuration (config files that need to be edited by hand).
Mint and Mythbuntu are more newbie friendly as they provide everything out of one hand and are more GUI driven.
Yes that's possible.
The GT220 is ideal for Linux video as it supports VDPAU with the Nvidia binary driver so you can and should use hardware video decoding.
^^^^Thanks Tux99...I should mention I have a 2nd Windows 7 HTPC....
which I use at the moment for my email/watching movies and general work.
Its an Intel quadcore.
So I am mainly trying to get a machine going
in the HTPC I mentioned that can replace an
aging Topfield twin tunerPVR with HD...and also play movies.
I know in the end ..you have to make a choice on a distro
..install it and suck it and see..no avoiding that.
My main reasons for waiting so long...are
1) Audio...I would like to use the audio via the HDMI and GT220
and it always seemed not quite ready..or easy to get.
I figure some of the later distros now maybe a bit easier.
2) Video and HD/1080p playback maybe improved..ie better drivers
not sure if it has changed that much...although it seems you can now play Blu-ray..even if only by accessing the main movie(ie not Menu)
3) MythTV has improved in it features..especially in stability and
the interface..and it would work with my Hauppage Remote/USB receiver.
Yes well having to compile.. or drag different apps or parts from different repositeries..that certainly wouldnt be my favoured approach..
especially as a newbie. I thought Tux99..you had created some hybrid HTPC distro
you found worked well..and thats what you had offered for people to be able to get access to??
Just on this aspect I noticed comments that to get
audio working well for a HTPC..
you need to get rid of Pulseaudio(it causes problems)
and goback to ALSA.
It seemed a lot of distros included this Pulseaudio.
Obviously the Nvidia GT 220 is so I can take advantage of VDPAU
for Hardware acceleration of video playback...and use Nvidia drivers
..which makes that part easier.
My main concern is to get an uptodate Distro..but without any
unnecessary fluff like 3d interfaces etc..
which only seem to cause potential issues for newbies like myself
with getting a solid display/picture.
After all it its basically a platform in my case ..to run MythTV
and I want it reliable/stable.
Thats why I asked which distro..to get a modern distro(better for HTPC)
but without any added fluff like 3d desktop or Pulseaudio
seems not that easy ??
Sure if you have your knowledge Tux99..
you can pick and choose your parts..and only install those..
thats not my choice(due to lack of terminal skills..etc)