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I want to build a "Media Center" PC

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#1 s1mp13m4n


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Posted 29 November 2009 - 03:07 PM

Hello everyone. I want to start planning for a build of a "media center"PC for watching movies, TV, music, etc. I would like a quality but in-expensive stand alone unit for this. I would like to have all my music and movies stored on the hard drive and also have it work like a DVR for recording TV shows that I like. I am not planning on gaming with it or surfing the web with it, strictly entertainment. I want to do this using an easy to install version of Linux. Purchasing Windows would add to the cost of the machine. I am looking for something tried and true, not bleeding edge. Something that "just works", "set it and forget it" type of build. I am not sure of a budget, I am just planning and thinking right now. I like to do this as in-expensively as I can but yet still get a quality build. Thank you for all your advice. This unit would be hooked to a TV and home audio system for video and sound.

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:02 PM

I want to do this using an easy to install version of Linux.

First, find a TV card with the functions (HDMI/DVR/playback etc) that is linux supported. I looked around and couldn't find one.

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 07:15 PM

You do realize that the codecs for playing DVDs, MP3s, and other media aren't free, right? A complete set of codecs sold by Fluendo costs 28 euro, which is about $42.

Not even their "free" MP3 codec is free.

If you are living in a country where the MP3 patents don't apply, you are entitled to use the source code provided by Fluendo (or anyone else) to get legal MP3 support onto your Unix/GNU/Linux desktop.

In contrast, if you live in a country where patents do apply, or if you are a distribution maker working in countries where the patents apply, you need the licensed binary from Fluendo. If this is the case, please be aware that, even if our binary is made from MIT licensed source code, the resulting binary, combined with our license, is not free software, at least not GPL-compatible.

Edited by RainbowSix, 29 November 2009 - 07:17 PM.

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 01:46 AM

Sorry my mistake,Didn't see" I want to do this using an easy to install version of Linux".

Edited by sleepwalker, 02 December 2009 - 01:53 AM.

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 09:02 AM

Mint Gloria is great for audio, HTPC's, I got 32 bit and 64 bit os for Linux openSUSE with a Linux magazine for $17.00. That's cheap! There is a new Mint out now but I haven't heard any news about it,Alan
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