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Thursday, May 8, 2008

LinuxMCE

linuxmce screenshot I had a look at LinuxMCE the other day. I could not get it to install over Kubuntu using the CD method, using the DVD image did however work. LinuxMCE is interesting but I feel it tries to do to much. I'd really like to get the boot over network going but to do so I would have to redesign my home network and I just dont want to do that at the moment.

For the time being I'm putting linuxMCE on the back burner until I can find a use for it. Having said that its well worth checking out.

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  1. Yes, initially I had the same problem as you mentioned, for network booting. LinuxMCE likes to promote the network boot, but I don't particularly like it.

    The easiest solution (and the one I used) was to create a second partition on my home theater PC for the LinuxMCE system. I then could select whether to start the LinuxMCE from the second partition (which is much faster than a network boot) or to use the native OS on the first partition. This is automated by an automatic GRUB bootloader.

    Note, however, that on a different PC I used network booting easily.

    Lastly, I was also able to use network booting wirelessly using a wireless-N bridge (the same type used by gamers).

    While LinuxMCE can be used as a standalone Home Theater PC, it really shines when integrated into a home LAN. There is necessarily some basic knowledge of a LAN configuration required to use it effectively.

    However, there is a wiki for LinuxMCE that helped me with learning all the steps.

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  2. Thanks for the input anonymous. I think your solution is definitely the way to go i.e. a second partition on the HTPC. When I get a chance I'm going to give it a go. I'll be checking out the LinuxMCE wiki.

    The main problem will be getting my hands on the HTPC http://polybore.blogspot.com/2008/05/home-entertainmentorium.html My wife has claimed it as her own PC and expects me to break it if I make any changes to it. Wonder where she got that idea from?

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