This blog has been created as a means to document the steps involved in my creation of a home theater PC based around Linux and MythTV. This blog will be updated in conjunction with working out details of the system from the ground up. The build is in the early planning stages at this point but must be capable of driving the Sony KDS-55A2000 in our family room. The Sony is a 55″ LCOS HDTV capable of 1080p resolution over the HDMI connection. The HDTV is connected via DVI to a Motorola DCT-6200 cable box with two firewire ports on the back of the box which I will discuss later.
My computer background is both Windows and Linux and I believe that both have their place. I use Windows at work for CAD design and use both Windows and Linux at home. I’m choosing Linux for this build for a couple of reasons. First, I know just enough to be dangerous and I’m currently using Debian on a headless server at home and the command line is familiar territory. Aside from the Debian server, there are two other Linux boxes in our home including the smallest – a Nokia 770 tablet. Secondly, aside from the time put into it, Linux is free!
As with most Linux projects, there will be speed bumps along the way and challenges to overcome. With this in mind, hopefully someone else can benefit from my adventures and misadventures with Linux and MythTV.