After a multitude of failures with the Bell ExpressVu PVR (total of 8 units in just over two years) I knew that I had to do something. Unfortunately, we had just started having a family and well, like me, my kids don't sleep so I get even less sleep and less time to myself so the project went no where until about a month ago.
I was aware of MythTV from my desire to not be tied to dedicated hardware, and I used to dabble in DVB so I really wanted flexibility. I also wanted to eventually get home automation going.
In my desire to get this moving, searches about MythTV made a connection to LinuxMCE. This solved both of primary objectives.
I have looked at a lot of automation systems over the years and found this to be quite impressive from a capability standpoint.
For the last month I have been handpicking my parts and ordering them from across Canada and finally have my hybrid "running". I have not connected it to any TV feeds yet, hope to do that next week.
I have also started mapping out my deployment of other aspects such as security.
I would love to get to the point of having security up and running, MAME playing, irrigation control, camera at front door, full lighting control (likely Zwave), HVAC, phone, maybe a remote weather station for actual temperature etc.
I am very green to Linux as a language but have done a reasonable amount of personal programming in other languages so it is not completely foreign. I hope to contribute and to truly be part of the community and not just a user. It seems that standard phone services needs some work so that might be an area I could contribute to.
For the next few months time is scarce but I do plan on soaking up as much Linux as possible. If anyone has any recommended resources for Linux or Ruby or anything else they would not go to waste.
I look forward to contributing and hope to affect positive change during my time here.