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) Before installing LinuxMCE it 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 during the LMCE installation. Be patient, this can take a long time because it's fetching updates from Ubuntu's servers over the internet.

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. Either open the file directly within firefox, or save it to your desktop and open it manually. Click the button to install the package.


4. The installer will have put an "Install Linux MCE" icon on your desktop. Double-click it 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. Insert your LinuxMCE cd as instructed and 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 message about the Linux MCE system installation. Don't worry if the system seems to stop at points or report what seems like error messages. This is normal since at places it will be testing drivers out, and is only there for the advanced Linux user. You will get a dialog box if something really does go wrong. And, understand this may take a very long time since it will in parallel be updating your Ubuntu system to the latest version. Just leave it for an hour or two and come back later.


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


  • (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.

Next reboot by choosing System, Quit, Restart from Ubuntu's desktop.

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

Note that if you said you want LinuxMCE to startup by default, after rebooting you'll have LinuxMCE, not Ubuntu. If you will only use this is a media pc, that's fine; you won't ever need to access the Ubuntu desktop to set anything up and can do it all from either the LMCE UI and a remote control, or with the LMCE web admin panel using the web browser of any pc in your home. But, if you want to use this as a normal Ubuntu PC too, and you want to start Ubuntu after LinuxMCE is going, there's not yet an icon to switch to Ubuntu from within LinuxMCE, so press Ctrl+Alt+F2, login, and type StartX. If you said you want Ubuntu by default, it will boot to the Ubuntu desktop and you can choose Applications, Sound & Video, Start Media Center to start LinuxMCE manually. When both LinuxMCE and Ubuntu are running, you can toggle between them by pressing ctrl+alt+f7 for Ubuntu and ctrl+alt+F11 for LinuxMCE. Unfortunately, at this moment, once you start LinuxMCE there is no way to stop it. The Ubuntu integration is still a work in progress.