MythDora 3.1 review

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MythDora 3.0 is now using FC5 along with MythTV-0.20 all on DVD

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 964608K
Developer: MythDora Team
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MythDora 3.0 is now using FC5 along with MythTV-0.20 all on DVD. This DVD will install on various PVR builds. A few changes have been made since the 2.32 version. Hopefully good ones. One big change is that version 3.0 now runs on an SMP kernel. Another big change is that MythDora-3.0 now uses KDE and goes onto a DVD rather than a CD. With change and additions, things just couldn't fit on a CD any longer. The ISO size isn't too much bigger, about 940mb total.

There will no longer be any need for a Unichrome version as the needed bits are now in the modular Xorg-7.0. What is now being used is a single Openchrome Via rpm from the Epia repository at This should be enough to allow hardware acceleration for Epia mainboards and S3 video card users.

Please read the F.A.Q. if you have any initial questions. Also look over the README file thats located on your disk. This is where you will find instructions on certain parts of MythDora. There is also an Install Notes at the top of this page which gives you a general idea of how to set things up in mythtvsetup.

MythDora 3.0 uses an auto installer that allows your system to install only on the first hard drive and not on your remaining physical hard drives. The installer uses LVM which will allow you to add another HD to your volume group if you so choose.

For those of you new to MythDora, the easiest way to install would be to use the auto install feature. This will install every package on the disk, automatically format your disk(s), create a user mythtv, setup networking, setup MythTV etc., all on the fly. When mythtvsetup finishes, mythfilldatabase will automatically start but only if you have chosen an all-in-one setup and have a valid Data Direct subscription. XMLTV users will need to run mythfilldatabase --manual in the provided xterm screen if need be. After that a reboot will take place as this seems to install your tuner card(s) a little better.

Please be sure to make the appropriate changes in the frontend setup in order for things to work correctly. This may include sound working properly, bitrate adjustment, resolution or changing channels etc.

One thing you need to make sure of is when you install in either auto or custom, please make sure you disable selinux during install !!!
It's also recommended that you do not do an "apt-get dist-upgrade" , "apt-get upgrade" or "yum upgrade" as you run the risk of breaking something. You have been warned!!.

I really want to thank those of you who gave me feedback during the beta testing. This couldn't have been done without. I really appreciate it.
Also I want to thank one of our members here, inm8, for creating the kickass new logo for MythDora. He did an outstanding job and I don't think you'll be disappointed. I also added in some more eye candy for your viewing pleasure.

What's New in This Release:
This is a bug fix release to MythDora 3.0. This version should correct the mythbackend issue that some were having as well as an Nvidia bad colors display in mythtvsetup. I've also added/changed a few things.

Turned off mythbackend at boot time
X now restarts after the setup menu and allows Nvidia module to be probed
Created workaround for network connection during setup
Updated to MythTV-0.20-147
Redid saa7134 capture card setup
Added in newer k9copy package
Readded Imon remote control
Split MySQL mythtvsetup commands into two files
Added the pcHDTV 5500 to setup menu
Removed stale release notes with new ones
Added in powersave program with dependencies

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