MythTV and Apple - my saga

Over the past year I've been gradually migrating all my hardware from home-built linux boxes to Macs (Mac Mini's specifically). I'm still keeping my separate MythTV frontend/backend setup. I'm using a Mini as my backend in the office, and a Mini as my frontend in the family room. I'm going to do a couple different posts, describing my frontend configuration, and my backend configuration. Each has it's own interesting twists, but overall, I wanted to get back into my blog, and try and help folks who might be going down the same path (going Apple).

Next post... my frontend.


dps said...
10:56 AM

I am trying to do similar stuff. Will be interested to hear how it goes for you. Thanks for posting!

daft angus said...
9:43 AM

Thank you for your earlier post about using the Mini as a frontend; I'm somewhat encouraged. I've been running MythTV since 2005, and a separate backend/frontend since 2006.

The backend has always been fairly reliable, but the frontend has been a nonstop headache. After wrestling with barely functional hardware support, custom scripts and updates that destroy the fragile configuration I've achieved, I'm starting to give up on MythTV.

I would like to encourage you to write a little about your experience. A Mac Mini frontend with the Apple remote seems a great way to get the basic functionality working reliably again, but maybe I'm being foolish throwing more money at my sunk cost. I assume you're retaining OSX as the operating system.

Also, since my backend experience has generally been good, I'm interested to know what prompted you to move the backend to a Mini, and again, whether you kept OSX in the process. My backend currently hosts two PVR-500 cards, so a Mac would be a tougher decision here.

John said...
6:29 AM

I'll give you a quick reply here, but I really should post a more complete story. Things have gone very well for me with a mini as my frontend *and* my backend.

I am using OSX, I haven't upgraded to 0.23 yet, but the port seems stable.. I just haven't had the time. I'm using a Synology NAS for the storage so HD disk space isn't an issue. I use the HD Homerun Dual ATSC tuner. I record shows locally on the mini backend (in the office) and I have a User Job that moves the shows off the backend in the NAS (and storage groups take care of finding the show on the NAS). The reason I do that is because the network thrash was too much when I recorded simultaneous shows directly to the NAS, and watched a show at the same time.

My backend experience was also great with Ubuntu, but the machine I used was way too bulky and loud for where it was located. If that's not an issue for you, then I would just leave it as is. Also, we use our Mac Mini backend as our kid's computer in the office (work, not play). I've never had performance issues, believe it or not.