[BLUG] LinuxMCE anyone?
blacks at indiana.edu
Mon Oct 13 12:40:08 EDT 2008
Something interestingt about LinuxMCE is that some of the features were
actually pulled out of a commercial home-automation product. I actually
saw that product first, and read about LinuxMCE later, and it was clear
to me that it has exactly the same feature set.
Here's the commercial product: http://plutohome.com/
Here's the 'History of LinuxMCE' where they say Pluto's product was
(except for DRM) released as open-source and LinuxMCE pulled from it:
The specific hardware requirements are likely to be believed (at least
for best results). This is where using an integration vendor really
comes in handy. People are willing to pay money to have someone else buy
the parts and put them together knowing that it will all "just work".
Yes, it is almost too cool to believe, but it really does what they
advertise (provided the parts are all compatible). Pluto does have some
paying customers (though what they pay is unclear). In fact, at this
point when you click "Get Pluto" on their website, they recommend you
download LinuxMCE to try it out.
On Sun, Oct 12, 2008 at 08:31:25PM -0400, initech wrote:
> Has anyone tried out or have experience using the HTPC distro LinuxMCE? I am
> looking to set up a home theater system once I’m through with grad school in
> December and am starting to investigate. It certainly has all of the features
> I want (cable tv ripping, media streaming, voip phone networking, security
> features, and home automation) but I am leery of committing to it due to all of
> the specific hardware requirements. I am also leery of any Linux distro that
> claims to be this easy to set up knowing that it has to use bunches of
> specialized hardware to realize it’s full functionality.
> I would appreciate hearing from anyone that has experience setting it up and
> configuring it.
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