Installing 0810

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Installing LinuxMCE-0810 is a fairly easy process that involves:

  • Installing Kubuntu 8.10
  • Updating Kubuntu 8.10
  • Installing LinuxMCE-0810 on top of the updated Kubuntu 8.10

Before proceeding its wise to read the FAQ. Because of the fact that its a delicate installation small things make a huge difference.

Please see below for details on Internet Installation and DVD Installation methods.

Internet Installation

  1. Install Kubuntu Intrepid desktop and update it. (download Kubuntu 8.10 desktop release from Currently, only the 32bit version of LinuxMCE is available. Only download the i386 version of 8.10 Kubuntu, even if your system can support 64bit versions. Note: If Kubuntu asks whether you would like to install/activate 'Restricted Drivers' for your video card, ignore it and continue to step 2.
  2. Run aptitude update and aptitude dist-upgrade to get the latest Kubuntu updates.
  3. Grab the latest installer script from here, unpack them and change into the freshly created new-installer directory.
  4. Run the following scripts (as root, in order):,,
  5. Reboot, wait for the activity to stop (see progress on console 8).

EDIT: MAKE SURE YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION IS ON ETH0! (For linux Newbies ETH0 is probably the network card on your motherboard...or plug all NICs into a switch that has Internet access)

In other words, after installing Kubuntu:

sudo su - #This might ask for the password you specified earlier during the install of kubuntu.
apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
wget -c
tar xvf new-installer-latest.tar.gz
cd new-installer

The avenard repo is no longer needed.

DVD Installation

However, if you want to install the DVD, grab it via the torrent here or if you want use the following link to obtain the latest snapshot Highly recommended

Upon DVD boot, select LinuxMCE install(it is the bottom option). This will install a regular Kubuntu 810 system, with an additional button on the desktop to install LinuxMCE upon restart. Let Kubuntu's install run through, and after restart, login. Open a terminal and run

sudo su - #This might ask for the password you specified earlier during the install of kubuntu.
apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Once you have done this, you can go to the Desktop and double click on the LinuxMCE icon. This will run the in /root/new-installer and install LinuxMCE-0810 on top of you updated Kubuntu installation.

Note: Once the above process is complete - the AV Wizard should start (after rebooting). If you get a black or blank screen you probably need to change your video card outputs. Instructions on how to do this are available: here

The DVD installer per default does not create the initial MD image, as that creation takes a very long time, and most people probably prefer to give 810 a test, without the MDs. If you want to setup MDs, you have to manually run


(You should only have to do this once)

If you have problems running, check this article.

If you then have problems netbooting your diskless media directors because you are receiving the error message "Diskless Setup Failed", check this article.

Note 21/01/2010: If MythTV fails to correctly install it may be due to some changes in the avenard repository. See the following thread for a fix: [1]

Keeping Up-to-date with updates

Once you have installed LinuxMCE-0810, all you need to do to keep up-to-date with the latest and greatest, is run the following from a terminal on the core and each MD:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Note: You should NOT run apt-get dist-upgrade after LinuxMCE is installed, as it can cause several problems, including having different kernel versions on your core and media directors, and the installation of new Kubuntu packages that can break some features!