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Install Ubuntu and then add MythTV? Install Mythbuntu and add desktop environment packages?

Also, would Unity cause problems? I'm willing to switch to something different (like Gnome).

Also, would it work any better if I switched to something like Mint?

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Download the Ubuntu specific variant Mythbuntu. – Uri Herrera Aug 23 '12 at 12:28
Unity (actually Compiz) causes issues with MythTV unless you enable legacy mode in Compiz. I'd suggest installing Mythbuntu, as it uses XFCE for the desktop environment (not sure what you mean by full desktop environment). – tgm4883 Aug 23 '12 at 19:09
I'm disappointed to hear that Compiz and MythTV conflict. If I were to create two different login session options, one with Compiz and one for using MythTV, would that still cause issues? – user85068 Aug 23 '12 at 21:02

I would say that Mythbuntu is the most straightforward way to get MythTV and a full desktop environment, as it already comes with the lightweight XFCE desktop environment.

Straight from the source:

Mythbuntu uses the XFCE desktop. All unnecessary standard Ubuntu applications such as LibreOffice, Evolution, and a full Gnome desktop are not installed in a default Mythbuntu install. If at any time a user wants to, they can install ubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-desktop, or xubuntu-desktop and add a full desktop onto their installation. This can easily be done via the Mythbuntu Control Centre.

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