Probably the easiest way to get a MythTV installation up and running quickly is to install Mythbuntu or Mythdora, depending on whether you prefer the Ubuntu or Fedora variant of Linux. But if you want a bit more hands-on experience, or additional help with configuration, these links might be helpful:
From a Reddit thread:
I’ve been a fan of MythTV for some time, but found that there were very few comprehensive setup guides out there for new users. So, I decided to write one. It’s split into 4 parts (shown below) and covers not just how to set up a MythTV system, but also makes an effort to explain why certain instructions are given along the way.
- Part 1 – Component Selection
- Part 2 – Operating System Configuration
- Part 3 – Pre-launch Preparation
- Part 4 – Running MythTV
I hope some of you find it useful, and constructive feedback is of course appreciated. 🙂
Here is an older MythTV setup guide that we’ve found useful in the past:
Andrew’s MythTV Walkthrough: A Simpler MythTV How-to for Beginners
Don’t forget about the MythTV Wiki. But be aware that if you live in the United States, much of the “official” MythTV documentation will try to push you into paying for a subscription TV schedule service. If you live elsewhere, they are forced to admit there are other alternatives, which there are for U.S. residents as well — yet for some reason they try really hard to push the subscription service to U.S. users.
If you want to get TV listings into MythTV without paying for a subscription service, see How to get free TV schedule information for MythTV.