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Re: [News] Linux-based Home Theatre Reviewed

__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Wednesday 04 October 2006 07:06 \__

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> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> LIX Systems LX8100-AM2BB-M2NPV HTPC
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| Today we are looking at a moderately priced Home Theater PC that has
>>| everything pre-configured to hopefully begin a smooth Linux media
>>| experience. LIX Systems' mission is to provide customers with easy to
>>| setup, ready-to-run, Linux PC solutions while also maintaining support
>>| for Windows users. LIX Systems' sister site is Linux Tech Toys. The
>>| HTPC we have in our labs today is the LX8100-AM2BB-M2NPV. This systemu
>>| ses AMD's Socket AM2, ships in an exclusive Lx8100 enclosure, and comes
>>| with a Philips TV tuner and radio capture card.
>> `----
>> http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=558&num=1
>> Also see:
>> Monolith Media Center brings MythTV to the technophobe
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| If MythTV's promise of a free Windows Media Center alternative sounds
>>| exciting, but you can't quite bring yourself to navigate the trials of
>>| a Linux install on your own, then you might be interested in
>>| Monolith's pre-built Media Center PCs, which come with MythTV
>>| pre-installed on top of Ubuntu Linux.
>> `----
>> And let's not forget TiVo.
> It's getting to a point where self-build might not be so tempting, as
> linux offers real flexibility to the small PC build shops.

Are you suggesting that shops should line up some boxes, install MythTV in
'batch mode' and then deliver these as low-cost media centres? I think it's
already being done, but there's the peril which is advertisement and public
awareness. Most people judge by buzz (artificial buzz, not word of month)
and cost, not by merits.

I can still recall the time when my Supervisor said something along the lines
of "I guess you will say that you are using something free", the context
being a task which was hard to achieve. There are too many people who fail
to grasp that software is not a pair of socks that is produced from raw
material. Meanwhile, I continue to impress my Supervisor with the
capabilities of that so-called 'it's just something free' software.

Best wishes,


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