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Tue - Dec 15, 2009 : 10:25 pm
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Fedora 12 - Getting Closer
 Well...  I'm not quite as frustrated tonight as I was when I tried to do with Ubuntu, that which I am now trying with Fedora 12.

I installed Fedora 12 on my laptop from the install DVD, and I've gotta say, Fedora, neither in the installation, nor in running the OS, was as slick as Ubuntu.  Ubuntu was quite a bit more polished, I've gotta say.  From the questions asked, to the UI, to the graphics.  No contest.  Ubuntu looked and felt a lot cleaner than Fedora.

Also noticed was that, while badly outdated, Ubuntu at least had MythTV in its repositories.  With the default installation (pretending I'm barely computer literate enough to get it installed, and nothing else), MythTV wasn't even listed in the package manager at all.

It'd be about right here that I would throw up my arms in frustration and install windows, purchasing some DVR equivalent instead.

However, me being a geek, I spent a few minutes researching fedora repos, and quickly had one installed into the yum conf file which contained all sorts of MythTV goodness.

So, I installed it, and did the same thing I did with Ubuntu, hoping for drastically different results.

So, I changed all the credentials in the mythfrontend to connect to my mythbackend box, instead of the default localhost.

This time, instead of being 20+ versions behind, like Ubuntu was, Fedora was now 20+ versions ahead!  So... I ssh'ed into my server, updated the portage tree, looked in the unstable branch, and sure enough, the version was the same as the one Fedora installed, so... Right now, I'm installing the new .22 backend to see if I can finally get these things to communicate.

(3.5 hours later)

I'm not entirely sure how it happened, but I'm sure it did - because it's working.  It's kind of late, and my brain has all but shut-down completely..  Let's see here..

So, I installed the new .22 mythtv on my server, tried to run it, and it complained that there were problems in MySQL.  So, I went to the suggested URL for a fix, (thank you for that, gentoo), and after mangling the database as they require for people who use the UTF-8 character set in MySQL, I got it up and running on the server.

**note**  From the 20 minutes I played with the new MythTV .22, it looks freaking awesome.

So, I then crossed my fingers, said a little prayer, and ran "mythfrontend" on my laptop.

I'll be darned if it didn't work!  Yup..  Fedora 12 was able to get successfully connected to a gentoo-based MythTV server, and correctly display the HD TV content through a wireless connection!  I was watching TV on my laptop again! (I couldn't get gentoo's MythTV to work at all with the RadeonHD drivers for the ATI card in it), so... life is good again.... well... almost...

I was watching TV, but I couldn't hear anything.  Myth complained about not being able to find /dev/mixer or something, so I'm sure if I fiddled with the audio settings in the MythTV server, I'll be able to find a compromise.

For now, it's bedtime.  Huzzah for Fedora.  You did what Ubuntu totally and completely failed in doing.

Now that I know it's possible, I'm itching to give gentoo another try...   Can you say, "Masochist"?
Comment by Scott Morris on Dec. 17, 2009 @ 12:07 pm
Well, don't try Debian.  They probably don't even have it in their repositories, let alone be at the same version as you are on Gentoo.  I would bet that openSUSE has it, because I've seen it.  No idea what version it's on, but if you go to http://software.opensuse.org/search you can find whatever version you want for just about any distro you want (minus Gentoo).  But I'm glad you were able to get at least the video working.  CongrattieZ, home bucket.
Comment by andré on Dec. 18, 2009 @ 04:33 pm
haha, I know that feeling. "It works in this distro, so it must work in Gentoo, I just haven't tried enough".