LinuxMCE-0810 beta

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This page outlines some information about the Beta, as well as outline any changes and bugfixes we are applying, just like we did with the alpha2 page.

The installation instructions found on the alpha2 page still apply:

Internet Installation

  1. Install Kubuntu Intrepid desktop and update it. (download Kubuntu 8.10 desktop release from one of these: Northeastern University Mirror, USA, Mannheim University Mirror, Germany) 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.
  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.
aptitude update
aptitude dist-upgrade
wget -c
tar xvf new-installer-alpha-latest.tar.gz
cd new-installer

DVD Installation

However, if you want to install the DVD, grab it via the torrent here.

Upon DVD boot, select LinuxMCE install. 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, and double click on the LinuxMCE icon. This will run the in /root/new-installer

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


If you have problems running, check this article.

After running your diskless MD for the first time (whether it works or not), remember to convert the image it creates on the core to i386 if your MD hardware is amd64. This can be done through the LinuxMCE Admin site by clicking on "Media Directors", changing the architecture to "i386" (from "amd64") for the MD in question, clicking "Update" and then "Rebuild image".

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

Upcoming beta2 changes...

The upcoming beta2 will have a complete set of new packages. This is due to changes in the mysql handling to finally fix unicode issues.

After beta2...

  • Build_Replacement_Package - freepbx (ubuntu/asterisk/freepbx) - Ticket #345 - Fixes the issue of installing new modules in FreePBX.
  • Phone Lines fixing - asterisk (src/asterisk) - Ticket #374 - Fixes the issue during the creation procedure of a new phone lines via web LinuxMCE Admin.


Diskless setup failed

Should you receive the error "Diskless setup failed" when trying to netboot your MDs, see here Diskless_setup_failed_error_in_0810_beta