Installation Guide

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Steps for installing Linux MCE on an Ubuntu 6.10 system (only Ubuntu 6.10 is support for now):

1. Take an Ubuntu install already configured with Internet connection (Configure your network card and DNS). If you don't have an Ubuntu system already installed please follow these generic steps:

  • Take an Ubuntu Live Cd and boot from it.
  • Choose 'Start or install Ubuntu'
  • When Ubuntu's desktop appears, double-click on 'Install'
  • A short wizard will start and guide you; Select the language and press 'forward'
  • Choose you timezone and press 'forward'
  • Select the keyboard layout
  • Choose desktop name, an user name and a password
  • Select the partitioning options for your disk: erase the entire disk or just manually edit the options.
  • Ready to install.
  • Reboot the system and remove the Live CD
  • (Optional) Ubuntu and Linux MCE won't install by default software needed to play DVD or some other restricted media formats that might be illegal in some countries. You can follow the Restricted Software Installation Guide if the restrictions don't apply to your country.
  • (Optional) Before installing LinuxMCE is recommended to apply all the Ubuntu updates that are available. If you don't do this, the Linux MCE installer will do this for you at the end of the installation.

2. Go to and select 'Download Instructions' and 'Installer for Ubuntu 6.10' to download the Linux MCE Installer on your machine. Or just use this direct link click here


3. Save the mce-installer on your Ubuntu desktop. A pop-up message will appear and there you must check "Save to Disk" and then click "ok"


4. Then double-click on your "Install Linux MCE" icon from Ubuntu`s desktop to start the installation process. A window will appear asking to choose if you want a dedicated core or a hybrid (click hereto find out the difference between a core and a hybrid), after that you must click on "Forward" button.


5. The next screen will ask you want to keep your current network configuration or if you want to set your network options manually; then press "Forward".


6. In the next step you must select the method you want to choose to install Linux MCE and you have 3 options:

- Download the needed packages from the internet. Just downloads the packages from website.
- Download and use an ISO file from one of LinuxMCE mirrors. Instead of downloading the packages one by one just, it downloads an archive which contains all packages. 
- Use the Linux MCE CDROM that I already have in my drive.  This assumes you have already downloaded LinuxMCE as an ISO image and burned it to a cd.  This is the recommended method so that if you install Linux MCE again, the installer won't need to download everything again.

After you have chosen your option press 'Forward'.


7. In the next step you have 2 options :

  • First it asks you if you want to Run a DHCP Server or not. LinuxMCE must be the DHCP server for your home in order to provide plug-and-play detection of network devices like IP Cameras and VOIP phones, and to provide network boot images to any other pc's in the home you want to use as media stations.
  • The other option asks if you want to keep the default Internal Network address or if you want to change it.

After that you must press 'Forward'.


8. In the next window you can see how the Linux MCE system is installing


9. In the final step you will see a message saying "Installation was finished , please reboot"


After reboot you have the Linux MCE software installed.

Next follow the Quick Start Guide to tell LinuxMCE about how you want to use it.