Mythbuntu 8.10 Released – Adds Wubi Windows Installer Among Other Features

As some of you may already know… Ubuntu released their latest Linux desktop OS distribution, Intrepid Ibex, on October 27th. Now, the Mythbuntu team – the guys behind the popular Ubuntu-based MythTV distro — is announcing the availability of their Ibex / 8.10 release. One of the new features that caught my attention right off the bat, is the inclusion of the Wubi installer. So, what this means is that… Windows users who have supported hardware and TV tuners already setup and working with their Windows PVR app can install Mythbuntu to a disk image and have the option to boot their PC at startup to Mythbuntu and keep their current Windows installation intact. Sounds like a good way to test the waters and win over some converts. Full release notes after the jump.

8.10 Release Notes

Mythbuntu is built upon the base of Ubuntu and thus has all the non-gnome specific features of Ubuntu. You can find Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex release notes here


  • Mythbuntu-log-grabber – This app grabs specific log files into a single area and can upload them to pastebin for easy troubleshooting
  • Auto Partitioner now creates a XFS filesystem for recordings
  • Mousepad, a gui editor is now installed by default (similar to gedit)
  • Wubi now supports Mythbuntu
  • Apple trailer plugin is now packaged and available
  • Website now has link to Mythbuntu in the news
  • New Mythbuntu-testing PPA at (contains some packages for gutsy, hardy, and intrepid)

Changes from Mythbuntu 8.10 RC

  • Wubi now included in ISO
  • Install docs for 8.10 included in ISO
  • Windows autorun now links to docs and wubi

Minimum System Requirements:

  • 1.0 GHz x86 or x86_64 Processor****
  • 192 MB of system memory (RAM)
  • 2 GB of disk space (Frontend Role)
  • 20 GB of disk space (Backend Role)
  • Graphics card capable of 1024×768 resolution
  • Supported TV Tuner Card (Backend Role)

Recommended System Requirements:

  • 2.0 Ghz x86 or x86_64 Processor*
  • 1024 MB of system memory (RAM)
  • 10 GB disk space (Frontend Role)
  • 80 GB+ disk space (Backend Role)**
  • nVidia 128MB Graphics Card w/ TV-Out or equivalent***
  • Supported TV Tuner Card (Backend Role)

* A 3.0 Ghz processor is recommended for frontend installations using HD video due to the increased load upon decoding. A lower end processor can be used however with multiple functions on a single machine (ie – Frontend/Backend Install) it is not recommended. For h.264 HDTV broadcasts at least a 2GHz dual core cpu is required

** 80 GB of disk space allows approx 70 GB of usable space for media. However with HD Format it is recommended to use 160 GB HDD or larger.

*** Although nVidia is recommended, ATI, VIA, or Intel graphics cards are supported and will work. Currently, nVidia provides a higher level of support. Also the graphics recommendation is based on HDTV capable output processing.

**** i686 compatible or later. VIA C3 processors (and other pre-i686 processors) are missing certain features that the Ubuntu MythTV packages are optimized for. MythTV can be made to work on these processors, but it is unsupported.

Note: A good estimate for converting hard disk space to hours of recordings are as follows:

  • Standard Definition (Analog) 2.2 GB / Hour
  • High Definition (HDTV) 7 GB / Hour

Please report any bugs through Launchpad and seek support via the Mythbuntu forums.

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