gentoo + mythtv: just the way I like it

I was just thinking to myself about all the custom tweaks and odd settings I’m using to run MythTV, and it occurs to me that it’s a miracle the thing runs at all. Especially when you add me to the equation.

Let’s take a look at some of my not-so-run-of-the-mill options:

  • Gentoo Linux (yay!)
  • amd64 (still a relatively new architecture, imo)
  • Custom kernel module settings
  • Subversion checkout of MythTV developer tree
  • USB TV Tuner with external kernel modules
  • Streamzap USB IR receiver with the remote mapped to my all-in-one
  • SPDIF digital out to receiver
  • Two RAID1 partitions
  • LVM2 spanning three harddrives
  • Slightly hacked version of mplayer
  • Matroska videos
  • Custom playback wrapper to mplayer
  • Owner who can’t seem to be content with status quo

You see, mythtv really isn’t as hard as everyone makes it out to be. All you need is some disposable income, the social skills of a caveman, a little hyper-attention and you’ll be set! And when you’re finished with it, you can show it off to your friends who by now have gotten married and have children.

It’s the American dream, I tell you. 🙂

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