ben at madramoor.com
Mon Mar 28 15:37:13 IST 2005
I have a mini-itx box (M10000 - nemh, Travalia 134 case) that will turn
into a media centre / house server once I stop playing with it and leave
a distro on it for more than 3 days!
At the moment I am running Suse 9.1 pro, seems to work quite straight
out of the box, apart from xine locking KDE up and getting MPEG hadrware
decoding working. TBH as a media platform if you are just using it for
music and pictures it is grand, anything to do with the DVD end is a bit
of a pain in the arse, nothing that would bother a techie, but just
enough to stop it being used by people who just want it to work without
caring about what lies beneath. e.g getting DVD menus working (yes I
know about Ogle, just try and get it working every time without having
to ssh in from a palmtop and kill -9 stuff), not a problem for a film
but try explaining mplayer to your wife when she just wants to watch
thwe last half of episode 4 of the West Wing without watching the other
3 first!. I have also had problems getting USB wireless working and
external remote control. That being said I am still playing with Frevo,
Mythtv and some of the car PC front ends (most promising). but my gut
feeling at the moment is that if you want a DVD playing media appliance
that is usable by the non *nix among us then it would probably have to
be M$. There are some nice projects that should change this in the
pipeline, including a gentoo based epia specific version of linux.
For an under the stairs file / print / music server it would be ideal
but probably less cost effective than a silenced desktop as the main
benefit of a mini-itx box is space saving and geek chique!
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