Installing 1204

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  • Please note that LinuxMCE-1204 is in a pre-alpha state but is now installable for testing purposes.
  • By installing LinuxMCE-1204 you accept that you will experience system breakage from time to time as packages are updated and bugs are discovered/fixed, etc.
  • If you install LinuxMCE-1204 be prepared to file bug reports in trac.
  • Developers can only follow up when bugs are properly reported in trac.
  • Please do not expect 'support' for running LinuxMCE-1204.
  • If you install LinuxMCE-1204 you understand that you will have to troubleshoot any issues that arise and document them in a trac ticket.
  • Once a ticket is filed please return to look at it every couple of days to see if a dev has any questions or needs more information.
  • And... A big thank-you for testing!
  • It is only through community testing and bug reporting that LinuxMCE will improve!
  • Your thorough testing and documentation is really appreciated!
  • join #linuxmce-devel on Freenode IRC.

DVD Installation - The Recommended Way

Installing LinuxMCE-1204 from DVD is the fastest and easiest way to try the development version of LMCE:

  • Grab the most recent installation DVD snapshot from
  • Burn the .iso file to a DVD or create a usb installer (
  • Boot the DVD/USB drive in the system you wish to be your 'Core' or 'Hybrid' system.
  • Choose to install a Hybrid or Core Only. Hybrid is the recommended method, choose Core Only if you don't wish to have a monitor attached (and only if you know what you are doing.)
  • Follow the installation instructions in the ubiquity installer.
  • There is no networking until after the first reboot. Please ignore the Prepare screen telling you there is no internet. You do not need the extra packages or internet during this install. This is a remnant of the Kubuntu installer and is difficult to remove. The installation is not intended to have internet available nor is it required.
  • After installation your machine will reboot and perform some initial setup activities. There will be very little indication that anything is happening. Be patient. Your system will reboot automatically once these initial setup steps are complete.
  • On the second boot following installation you will be presented with the AVWizard and can choose your video resolution and audio device.
    • If you are installing under VirtualBox you will have to install the guest additions to get video.
    • Ctrl-Alt-F2, log in, mount the guest additions CD and run with sudo privileges.
    • Ctrl-Alt-F8 to return to the AVWizard. Press enter twice, when the screen shows press escape to return to the resolution selection screen.
    • Proceed normally through the rest of the AVWizard.
  • You will then proceed to the Setup Wizard where you will follow Sarah's instructions for configuring your LinuxMCE system for your home and devices.

Internet Installation - The 'oh crap the DVD did not work for me' Way

  • Please note: If the DVD installer method does not function then this is the way you will install. The DVD installer seems to have issues with software raid root partition for /.

Installing LinuxMCE-1204 over the network is a fairly easy process that involves:

  • Installing Kubuntu 12.04
  • Updating Kubuntu 12.04
  • Installing LinuxMCE-1204 on top of the updated Kubuntu 12.04
  1. Install Precise Pangolin desktop and update it. (download Kubuntu 12.04 desktop release from Currently, only the 32bit version of LinuxMCE is available. Only download the i386 version of 12.04 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. Grab the latest installer script from our servers.
  3. Run the following (as root):
  4. Reboot, wait for the activity to stop (see progress on console).

In other words, after installing Kubuntu run the following:

sudo -i
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
reboot # in case a new kernel was installed

Then after reboot:

sudo -i
wget -q && chmod +x
reboot # (if it does not do it automatically)

If you have problems with any aspect of the system please log a trac ticket.

Keeping up with updates

LinuxMCE-1204 is under constant testing and development. To follow along with new package releases look at LinuxMCE-1204 pre-alpha

Once you have installed LinuxMCE-1204, 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 -i # (only necessary on the core)
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade