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  1. #1
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    New NAS / media center - what OS?

    Hey gyus,

    I'm putting together a PC with the following specs:

    Mainboard & CPU: ASUS AT3N7A-I, IntelÂŽAtom330, nVIDIA ION
    RAM: Crucial DDR2 BallistiX PC6400 2GB KIT
    Case: Antec MicroATX Cube NSK1300
    HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA2
    HDD OS: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB
    HDMI Cable, HDMI M-HDMI M, 2.5m, v1.3


    So basically a 1.6GHz dual core atom on an ION chipset with 2GB of RAM. It will be connected to the 1080P LCD via HDMI, and I'll probably run XBMC on it. It'll be connected via LAN, and I'll probably use truecrypt on both the drives. I'm hoping XBMC will use the NVIDIA ION to accelerate the 1080p playback of things.

    What distribution would suit these applications best do you think? It would also double as a NAS (SMB, FTP & NFS).

    Or is there a reason I should go with Windows 7?
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    www.moovida.com

    http://freevo.sourceforge.net

    W7 is nice and all but personally I don't like WMC.

    //Andreas
    "I'm sort of a postmodern vegetarian, I eat meat ironically"
    "You are our Swedish superhero "

    Forget everything, knowledge is your enemy, it's only going to make you second-guess yourself."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delph1
    www.moovida.com

    http://freevo.sourceforge.net

    W7 is nice and all but personally I don't like WMC.

    //Andreas
    Sweet, I'll give both of them a try and compare to XBMC. Hopefully assembling things this weekend. (yay!, only a geek spends money on things he doesn't really need )

    I haven't tried WMC, is there a particular reason you don't like it? Oh! Should I get a remote? I probably should... or I could... hm.
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    It's Microsoft, the interface, no extendability,half-ass support for other DLNA-servers than MS own, well the list really goes on.

    //Andreas
    "I'm sort of a postmodern vegetarian, I eat meat ironically"
    "You are our Swedish superhero "

    Forget everything, knowledge is your enemy, it's only going to make you second-guess yourself."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delph1
    It's Microsoft, the interface, no extendability,half-ass support for other DLNA-servers than MS own, well the list really goes on.

    //Andreas
    Why am I not surprised

    I'll settle on XBMC first, if I don't like it I might try something else (unlikely). I do have a Wii, and a USB bluetooth adapter, so with some luck I might even be able to use that as a remote.

    I'll keep you posted! Building should commence in 2 weeks. 8)
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    A friend of mine lent me a PSU so I could put it all together (although without a case) during the weekend...

    during which I attended Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To The Orchestra! Was super awesome.

    I got Ubuntu 9.10 AMD64 installed, put XBMC on it (through a PPA, the XBMC version is 9.10 alpha 2 IIRC. Beta 1 is soon to be released for the Linux folks).

    It works, sorta. It looks super crisp and crystal clear with its skin, on the 1080P LCD. Looks a lot better than the Popcorn Hour.

    On the other hand, the Popcorn hour is flawless in its playback. I don't think I can say that for XBMC yet. Which is kind of sad... but I'll just use it as a storage solution for the Popcorn (via NFS).

    Everybody should be using huge TVs as computer monitors! It's cool 8)
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    Hehe nice, and I agree with you on the size of the screen. SIZE MATTERS!

    //Andreas
    "I'm sort of a postmodern vegetarian, I eat meat ironically"
    "You are our Swedish superhero "

    Forget everything, knowledge is your enemy, it's only going to make you second-guess yourself."

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    After some testing, I can now say that the Popcorn Hour is redundant. XBMC is sooo much nicer to look at, and navigates faster as well, partly because you're using a keyboard. I'll see if I can sell the Popcorn. komplett.ie won't get the case in stock (ever, the product is obsolete), so I cancelled that order, and ordered this case from another site (it's somewhere on the roads now!!):

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    Antec mATX right?

    //Andreas
    "I'm sort of a postmodern vegetarian, I eat meat ironically"
    "You are our Swedish superhero "

    Forget everything, knowledge is your enemy, it's only going to make you second-guess yourself."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delph1
    Antec mATX right?

    //Andreas
    Yep (pic clickable), it's the Antec NSK1380
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    Ah, thought I recognized it. :-)

    //Andreas
    "I'm sort of a postmodern vegetarian, I eat meat ironically"
    "You are our Swedish superhero "

    Forget everything, knowledge is your enemy, it's only going to make you second-guess yourself."

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