Everything is still in early stages of development but wanted to share the 'Advent Calendar' which I've created for the last 2 years for the family and thought there may be some MythTV users who would appreciate it.
Basically you open each window to reveal a Christmas themed video. All the video's are currently from YouTube although it could play anything playable by FFMpeg or LibVLC which I use for playback. I normally just create one advent calendar with a mixture of Christmas themed videos that would appeal to the family but this year I've created 4 different ones each with a theme. There is a train/railroad themed one, a music video one, a kids one with mainly cartoons and a more general one with a mixture of Christmas themed videos including some thought provoking short films. All the video's are family friendly and shouldn't offend anyone.
Ubuntu users can install it using my PPA. I have packages for Bionic, Disco and Eoan, There are more instructions on the MythQML website here but it's as simple as
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$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mythtv-paulh/mythtv-qml $ sudo apt install mythfrontend-qml
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$ git clone https://github.com/paul-h/mythfrontend_qml.git $ qmake $ make -j4 $ sudo make install
The advent calendar doesn't require any special setup once MythQML is installed it should work out of the box. If you want to try other stuff like LiveTV, or playing videos from MythTV then you need to tell it what the IP address of the master backend is and some things still requires access to the MythTV DB so check those settings as well, if it can find a valid config.xml it will use those settings to access the database. There's lots more information available on the website including how to optimize a setup for using MythQML as it's intended as a dedicated HTPC.
Please read the FAQ before complaining or asking questions I've hopefully anticipated most questions although the website is still a WIP.
I would value your thoughts and constructive comments but please be aware this is still work-in-progress and many things don't work as expected or will be improved in later versions. It's still very much a pre-release experiment to see what can be achieved with QML but wanted to share the advent calendar, which is obviously time critical, since the family love it and the most positive feedback by far I've received is from my Christmas MythTV themes