Hey Guys -
Didn't know if this was ever officially solved. I spent about 2 weeks trying to figure this issue out myself and determined that there were multiple layers to the problem.
I too upgraded (believe it or not, only to Ubuntu vs 11.10 running Mythbuntu 0.24) and all of a sudden my HULUDESKTOP quick working.
Windows remote worked perfectly with MythTV. No issues at all, so I knew it wasn't the remote.
Ran irw and watched the input that the remote was giving. AH-HA! Then my answers started coming to me.
I modified my .huludesktop file to reflect the following:
fullscreen = TRUE
width = 1360
height = 720
pos_x = 0
pos_y = 48
lirc_device = /dev/lircd
lirc_remote_identifier = mceusb
lirc_release_suffix = _UP
lirc_repeat_threshold = 10
button_name_up = KEY_UP
button_name_down = KEY_DOWN
button_name_left = KEY_LEFT
button_name_right = KEY_RIGHT
button_name_select = KEY_OK
button_name_menu = KEY_HOME
flash_location = /home/~/.mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so
suspend_script = (null)
resume_script = (null)
latest = (null)
eula_version = 1
The first trick was in the lirc_device = /dev/lircd line. Apparently with some updates, that may have moved? I'm a little unclear on how Kernel updates work, so I won't try to act like I know what I'm talking about.
The second trick was in the button names!!
How all of that got screwed up, I'll never know. It may have been one of those frustrating points where I wiped out Huludesktop and started fresh.
Hope this helps you or some other poor soul like me who spent hours upon hours trying to figure this out.