So, I decided it is time to update & upgrade. I went with Ubuntu on both the backend and frontend. Why? Well, Ive noticed Fedora is difficult to upgrade to the next version and package maintainers for mythtv tend to drop old distros.
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The frontend was a little more tricky. Using the ubuntu-mythtv-frontend metapackage was pretty sleak. It adds a mythtv user and enables auto-login; and it starts the OpenBox window manager and the mythtv client automatically when the machine boots up. That made it tricky to disable the screensaver since I couldnt find a config file. So heres the secret: