I brought the old mythtv backend up with some updates. I managed to upgrade the thing from fedora core 7 to fedora 8 with the procedure I outlined here. I just had to modify the yum repos to point to the new fedora 8 repo. I bought a bookcase, an ikea made vesa mount, and a new 19 inch lcd. I mounted the lcd on the bookcase after some trouble, (note to self: tin screws work will to hold in cheap particleboard). The result looks good and saves space.