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Thursday, May 8, 2008


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.


  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.

  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 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?