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LinuxMCE - open source Linux media software - VIDEO

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 21st 2007 11:23AM
If Windows Media Center's not your cup of tea, and MythTV is too complicated to set up, you might want to check out LinuxMCE. The program is described as an open-source add-on for Ubuntu, with a 10-foot user interface for a PVR, media center, and automated home control center.

Just a quick warning, this video contains some hardcore Microsoft-bashing, and a narrator with a really smug voice.



As for his claims, if LinuxMCE is as easy to use as promised, great. I'm not convinced that the interface is better than Windows Media Center's. The text all appears pretty small, and it seems like it would be hard to read from the couch -- unless your couch is about 2 feet from the TV.

There's also the little fact that Windows Vista Media Center supports CableCard, something that no Linux distribution is capable of at this point.

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gotrootdude


"Turn on your TV, switch to the appropriate input for your VCR" can be done on windows or linux with the aid of a IR-Blaster, and a bit of software help.

The follow you room to room, is based on bluetooth proximity, so you'd need to carry some sort of bluetooth device (IE-Cellphone) with you from room to room. It's also a feature of Asterisk PBX (called follow-me, see www.nerdvittles.com)

lowering the lights, or switching devices off-on, is done with X10 devices. They work pretty well if you don't have a lot of fluorescent bulbs, and other line noise generators in your home.. Otherwise, you'll need to install EMI filters, and special high voltage switches/controllers.

Making a setup that controls everything in your home isn't as easy as the video implies, but it's certainly doable, and not as expensive as most would believe.

By the way... My wife was upset when I started working on my smart-home setup.. Now she never watches commercials and never has to worry that she missed her shows, the robots vacuum and sweep the floors on schedule, the lights automatically adjust, the bathroom glows in the dark when she walks in at night, the faucets glow with color showing the temp of the water, even the garbage can lid opens and closes by itself when her hand comes close enough.

My wife is addicted to it, and my electric bills have fallen in half.

Oh, and the kids love the two wall 3D theater/game/Media room with Frets of fire, Stepmania, PCSX2, Mame, etc.

April 20 2007 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cckrobinson

I like the look of the UI a lot. I already have a dual boot Windows/Ubuntu box laying around, so I'll be giving this a go this weekend (assuming it's actually legit)

March 22 2007 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
smooter

Ummm, sorry buddy but you are flat crack-smokin'!

Is it better than MCE? I won't debate that, but will it "automagically" cook toast, operate my vcr, lower my lights, wipe my butt and turn on the fan when I fart.....No freakin' way!

C'mon, I like Linux/Open Source solutions as much as anyone...in a lot of cases more. But lets not make false promises about these type solutions thinking for a minute that some Microsoft product lover isn't going to check out our story!

....turn on your TV, switch to the appropriate input for your VCR, follow you room to room...What EVER! They didn't even have that functionality on STAR TREK!

jeesh!

smooter

March 21 2007 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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