Ubuntu Multimedia Center – A new Ubuntu-based Linux distribution

Ubuntu Multimedia Center is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with community and professional support.It is also a live cd that is ubuntu derived and also free. This system was inspired by the fact that ubuntu didn’t have much of a multimedia center.Because users would have to manually download the codecs for playing mp3’s and what not.The mail objective of this project is multimedia related programs available to users as easy as possible.
Ubuntu Multimedia center Installation

First you need to download Ubuntu Multimedia version from here after that you create a CD and start booting with the CD Once it starts booting you should see the following screen in this you need to select second option “Install to the Hard disk Option” and press enter

Now you can see Ubuntu Multimedia center starts booting

Once it comple loading you can see the desktop with the following screen here you need to click on install to start the installation.

Here you need to select your installation language and click on forward.

Select a city in your country and time zone.In this example i am using london city and uk as country and click on forward.

Select your keyboad layout and in this example i am using British English and click on forward

You need to enter username,password and computer name here and click on forward

It will start the partitioner here you need to select how do you want to partition the disk and select which option is suitable for you in this example i am selecting “manually edit partition table” and click on forward

Now you can See the following screen with the disks available in your machine here you need to create partitions for this you need to select the available free space and in this example you can see the 8GB of space for this installation here i am going create a partitions for this right click and click on new.

Once you select new you should see the following screen asking for creating disklable and by default gparted will create msdos disklabel and click on create

Confirm msdos label on disk here by clicking on create

Once you create the lable on the disk your disk is ready for creating partitions you can do this by clicking on new

Once you click on New you can see the following screen here you can select new size,partition type and click on add.Inthis example i am entering size as 100 mb and partition type as ext3 and tick the check box next to round the cylinder option.

In the same way i have entered remaining available space and click on add

Here you can see the two created partitions and click on forward

Confirm the pending operations by clicking on apply

Applying pending operations in progress

Here you need to create a mount points by selecting mount point and partition and click on forward

Here is the all the list of information for available for installation here you need to click on install to start the installation.

Installation in progress and it shows the copying files percentage.

Installation Completed Succesfully and you need to restart the system by clicking “Restart Now”

Ubuntu Multimedia center Screenshots

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42 thoughts on “Ubuntu Multimedia Center – A new Ubuntu-based Linux distribution

  1. Hi There ubuntu multimedia center fans. I guess you might have already guess that my site is down but I need your help now. Since 100gb of bandwidth didn’t hold out as I expected (as I thought it would… foolish of me to think that) so now I am at an end where I might not be able to continue unless I got more bandwidth or get a mirror. if anybody can help me email me at thibeaz[at]gmail[dot]com

  2. I don’t feel this really qualifies as a “Multimedia Center”. It looks to be pretty much ubuntu with some changes in the default packages. What a shame…

  3. @shinmai

    currently this is under development and the version i have shown here is RC1 and the author is going to be released RC2 with Mythtv and other things in RC2 version

  4. Maybe next time the release can be put somewhere and put up via torrent. I’d be happy to put it out as a torrent. I don’t have very great upload bandwidth, though But if it can be toreented (is that a word?) it wouldn’t take too long to get it spread around. And it would take a lot of pressure off site bandwidth.

    As for other comments, I’ll withhold judgement until I can actually try it. But I’d tend to be a little more forgivving of a project that’s still in its early stages.

  5. As I said in other sites that this is just a proof-of-concept, basically for my part. I will in RC2 as the admin says have mythtv set but I’ll have to strip some other stuff like removing a couple of items like the games. Ohh don’t worry I am going to include a custom script for adding the games afterwards the OS is installed. But all that within 600 or so megs can be pretty hard. But in light there will be a new theme (actually the original theme that I forgot to add in RC1…Was working late at night when I built RC1) and some extra features that other users requested.

  6. Hey guys lets not discourage. I do hope you continue and build something with mythtv built in from the start. It would be a great feature.

  7. Well I use my own way of naming development names. Sorry if it confuses anyone I will use the standard naming 😉 by the way my mirror is almost set up. my main page is now running but the iso file is still uploading so I suggest waiting until it is ready. I will post the link when it is ready

  8. have all the legal issue been solved? afaik, codecs are not bundled in the official release due to some legality issues. we just have to download and install the codec personally. but it’s good to hear that there is a release like this. 🙂

  9. Is there an alternative download site?
    That one has exceeded its bandwidth for quite some time now :[

  10. I don’t know what happened. I remember in an email the the bandwidth was getting a little low. I just got another person willing to mirror so I’ll let you guys know when it’s up.

  11. No it won’t but what I am trying to do is create a convert-me-script for current users of Dapper/edgy to have multimedia center. PS UBUNTU MULTIMEDIA CENTER IS NOW UP (except for the iso fixing that now)

  12. Good idea, but don’t overstretch. Keep it simple and working. Á lot of people have a hard time to install Mythtv. Only solution is knoppmyth, but then you dont have the nice ubuntu distribution. If you could make a distribution which:
    – included mythtv
    – includes a lot of codec
    – supports hardware

    If you could get 2 out of those 3, you will have done a great job.

  13. I am hoping that whatever codecs are legal to distribute to a mahjority of the world are just included. Installing extra codecs was even a challenge for me and never could get some stuff to work. I could finally get AAC to work in Amarok with Kubuntu Edgy, and never could get it in Dapper without “breaking” a package. Hoping it won’t be so hard in future editions. Fortunatley if one is willing to look, someone usually posts the code that can be copied and pasted into a shell to get them.

  14. Multimedia and hardware detection/drivers is the largest drawback to Linux on the desktop. The solution is going to have to be more companies adhering to the demand for Linux support. This is going to require corporate sponsorship, which is where companies like Red Hat, Novell, and Linspire will come in with cash $$$. Community will only take this so far. Vendors need a reason to make drivers and applications for Linux.

    Money talks and B.S. walks.

  15. Multimedia and hardware detection/drivers is the largest drawback to Linux on the desktop. The solution is going to have to be more companies adhering to the demand for Linux support. This is going to require corporate sponsorship, which is where companies like Red Hat, Novell, and Linspire will come in with cash $$$. Community will only take this so far. Vendors need a reason to make drivers and applications for Linux.

    Money talks and B.S. walks.

    By the way, my Blubuntu GDM theme is nice huh? Some credit or a link might be nice, you know?

  16. ?????? ????!
    ????? ???????? ???????, ??? ?????? ???? ????? ??????, ??? Ubuntu Multimedia Center!!!
    ?????? ??? Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, ??????? ??????. ??? ?????? ?????? (???? 3-4) ?????????? BSOD NTFS-?????? 🙁 ? ??? ???? ?? Ubuntu, ??? ???????? ??? ???????? ????????, ?? ??????, ?? ?????? ??? 🙂
    ?????????? ?????????? ???????!!!!! ^-^

    ? ????????? ?????? 😉

  17. Brent you theme is just only a temporary gdm I am currently working on one that is completly original so that everybody is happy and I will make sure that you’ll get your credit you deserve

  18. I did not mean to say that you cannot use it. Please do! I am honored by it. I was only messing around, and pointing out my design.

    But I am glad that you confirm this.

    Personally, I think your modification looks great! You should use it dude. Besides, I’d love for my work to be included in a distro!

  19. Hi! Everything is OK! But I can not install modem. Please, explain to me what must I do in order to install: 1) dial-up modem, 2) ADSL modem, and get Internet connection. Best regard!

  20. It’s good that they came up with a multimedia-themed Ubuntu distro-in-distro. I really love the regular Ubuntu. IMHO, it is one of the easiest distros for a windows n00b. But when I got my ATI HDTV Wonder card, I had such a hard time installing and configuring it with MythTV. In the end, I just got the live-on-CD version on MythTV and used that instead. Hopefully the Ubuntu Multimedia Center will prove a better match. Thanks for the installation walkthrough!


  21. When installing UMC, is there any way to tell it where to install GRUB, or to use LILO instead of GRUB?

    When I install UMC, it writes GRUB to the MBR on my first drive. I would like it to install GRUB or LILO to the same partition
    that UMC is installed to. I can do this with Ubuntu 6.10, but didn’t see the option in Multimedia Center.

  22. What’s the difference between Ubuntu and Ubuntu MMC (apart from the name and startup screen?

  23. this is first time i installed ubuntu at my PC…

    i really surprised that it tooks only 20minnts to instsalled my pC. save more time from windows.

    when i start pc and also shutdown it takes few momnets only when windows took more time…

    i am really surprised and thanks to those who try to develop it day by day.

    hope within few years an operating system will be found in variuos dust box which is must windows

    as a first time user i am failure to run my mp3 and others vedio file.
    is there any one who explain me or send a link to me for this problem…

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