Another MythTV Update
Agreeing with some advice on gentoo-dev, I’m going to post this as a blog entry instead of a Gentoo news item. The quick version of this update is expect to see 0.24.1 in portage in a few days. The long version follows…
As many have noticed, the Gentoo version of MythTV has been significantly lagging the upstream version. We plan to introduce 0.24.1, which is the current upstream stable version, in the next few days. Before going through the upgrade we wanted to make you aware of our future plans for MythTV in Gentoo and some of your alternatives.
The Gentoo MythTV package will generally try to stay closer to upstream than it has in the last year, but probably will only be updated a few times per year at most. It will benefit from the full Gentoo QA process, including introduction to ~arch followed by stabilization. Dependencies will also be controlled in line with Gentoo QA so things should suddenly not stop working without warning. Versions that are stabilized will stay in the tree longer after they are superseded for those who want to take their time with upgrades.
The versions of MythTV in Gentoo may also not support the full range of upstream plugins.
There is an alternative for those of you who want a more bleeding-edge experience. Upstream maintains a Gentoo overlay at: git://github.com/MythTV/packaging.git
The upstream repository will be the first to receive updates and will have many more intermediate versions including bugfixes. The overlay also supports all the upstream plugins. However, it is not subject to Gentoo QA policy – dependencies could stop working or disappear without warning, and older versions may not be kept around. Generally speaking, we have not heard complaints from those who use it. Any issues with the upstream overlay should be reported to the MythTV project and not to Gentoo bugzilla.
If you’re already using the upstream overlay you shouldn’t be impacted by anything done in Portage – your versions will generally stay higher than our own.
If we drop your favorite plugin and you want it back and are willing to help maintain it, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re willing to test it and ensure it works for everybody else, we can keep it in the portage tree.