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Fiire + LinuxMCE = accessible Linux based media centers

by Brad Linder, posted Aug 16th 2007 11:58AM
Fiire engineLinuxMCE is a powerful and customizable Linux-based media center interface. But Linux isn't for everyone. If you like the features, but don't relish the idea of installing and configuring Linux, you might want to take a look at Fiire's new LinuxMCE-based media centers.

Fiire has a $800 box cleverly named the FiireEngine. That price doesn't include a TV capture card, but the FiireEngine packs an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ processor, 1GB of memory, and a 160GB hard drive with support for up to 6 eSATA drives. There's an NVIDIA 6200 graphics card, and all the usual inputs and outputs with the exception of HDMI.

You can also pick up FiireStation units for streaming audio/video content from your FiireEngine to other rooms in your house.

The problem with these Linux-based systems is there's no support for DRM. While that might sound like a good thing, it means you'll have a hard time recording any high definition programming except over-the-air and unencrypted cable. In fact, there's no option to even buy an HDTV tuner with the FiireStation, although we don't see why you wouldn't be able to slap an ATSC card in there.

[via Engadget]

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