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Upgrading

If you are upgrading to a new version of MiniMyth (e.g. from -81 to -82), then please save your old version of MiniMyth until you are sure that you are not having any problems with the new version of MiniMyth. Generally, old versions of MiniMyth are deleted from minimyth.org. Therefore, if you run into problems with the new version of MiniMyth and you have not saved your old version of MiniMyth, then returning your system to a working state will likely take more time than would have otherwise been required.

If you are upgrading to a new version of MythTV (e.g. from 0.25 to 0.26), please do the following:

  1. Read and follow the instructions in the "warning before upgrading" thread, and
  2. Upgrade MiniMyth in two steps:
    1. upgrade to the latest MiniMyth containing the same MythTV version (e.g. MiniMyth 0.25.3-82) and test for any problems, and
    2. upgrade to the latest MiniMyth containing the new MythTV version (e.g. MiniMyth 0.26.0-82) and test for any problems.

If you rely on the XvMC acceleration provided by your graphics hardware (e.g. VIA graphics hardware), then do not upgrade to MythTV 0.25 as support for XvMC (including XvMC-VLD) has been dorpped from MythTV 0.25.

Overview

MiniMyth is a small Linux distribution that turns a diskless computer into a MythTV frontend and slave backend.

The latest version of MiniMyth contains:

In addition to the latest version of MiniMyth, there are three legacy MythTV versions of MiniMyth that differ from the latest version of MiniMyth only in their version of MythTV and their inclusion of a version of MPlayer with XvMC-VLD support:

  • There is a deprecated MythTV 0.23 version of MiniMyth that contains:

    The version of MiniMyth containing MythTV 0.22 is deprecated. if you want to continue to use newer versions of MiniMyth, then you should upgrade your MythTV system to 0.24 or 0.25 while MiniMyth -82 is still available.

  • There is a deprecated MythTV 0.22 version of MiniMyth that contains:

    The version of MiniMyth containing MythTV 0.22 is deprecated. if you want to continue to use newer versions of MiniMyth, then you should upgrade your MythTV system to 0.24 or 0.25 while MiniMyth -82 is still available.

Detail

Originally, MiniMyth was developed to download and boot the root file system over the network. However, it has evolved to support more boot methods. For a list of supported boot methods, go to the MiniMyth boot instructions.

Originally, MiniMyth was developed to run on VIA EPIA® M motherboards. However, it has evolved to support more hardware. Now, many MiniMyth users that are looking for smaller form factor lower power hardware opt for hardare that pairs an Intel® Atom™ processor with an NVIDIA® ION™ graphics processor. For a list of supported hardware, go to the MiniMyth hardware requirements. As history would have it, VIA's lack of support for the Open Source community in conjuction with support for XvMC (including XvMC-VLD) being dropped from MythTV 0.25 means that MiniMyth will not support VIA EPIA hardware once MythTV 0.25 is released.

Originally, MiniMyth was developed to be a MythTV frontend. However, it has evolved to include MythTV slave backend functionality as well.

To download MiniMyth, go to the MiniMyth download page.

MiniMyth has built-in features that enable customization. However, when these built-in features are not sufficient, you can build MiniMyth from source. For instructions on how to build MiniMyth from source, go to the MiniMyth build system instructions.

If the information in the MiniMyth documents section does not answer your questions, the best thing to do is visit the forum. The forum members tend to be both helpful and responsive.