Mythbuntu Linux Distribution Discontinued
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 4 November 2016 at 10:08 PM EDT. 29 Comments
UBUNTU --
The Mythbuntu Linux OS that paired the MythTV HTPC software with an Ubuntu Linux base is being disbanded.

The remaining Mythbuntu crew announced tonight, "It's been a long and fun ride from 7.10, but it's time to turn in our badge...Mythbuntu as a separate distribution will cease to exist. We will take the necessary steps to pull Mythbuntu specific packages from the repositories unless someone steps up to take these packages over. MythTV packages in the official repositories and the Mythbuntu PPA will continue to be available and updated at their current rate."

Mythbuntu is ending since there are only two developers left (from ten before) and the effort is too overwhelming for the resources left. Those wanting MythTV on Ubuntu can at least continue installing the MythTV Ubuntu/Debian packages atop a vanilla installation.

Not mentioned in the announcement but likely having some impact too is that the MythTV open-source HTPC software hasn't been as vibrant in recent years as it was back when Mythbuntu began in 2007... When's the last time you used Mythbuntu or MythTV? Share your thoughts in the forums. I think the last time I had an active MythTV installation myself was 2008~2009.
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