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Building a glossier front end for MythTV

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| Josh Stewart loves MythTV -- so much so that he is building his own front-end
| app for it as a drop-in replacement for MythTV's default. The replacement is
| called Gloss, and although it isn't ready for prime time yet (no pun
| intended), its OpenGL effects and GStreamer bindings show plenty of promise.
| [...]
| Gloss is the result. It is built on top of the Clutter user interface
| framework, which uses OpenGL for 2-D rendering. That permits Gloss to use
| OpenGL-accelerated operations to draw menu and interface elements, perform
| transitions, and even manipulate video as a UI element. The current
| MythFrontend uses static images for icons, backgrounds, and other graphics,
| and can play -- but not arbitrarily transform -- video output.



Ex-MS security guru to dump Media Center for Linux?

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| Veteran Microsoft security expert, Jesper Johansson, says he may dump
| Microsoft's Windows Media Center in favour of Ubuntu-affiliated LinuxMCE
| after struggling with Redmond's DRM (Digital Rights Management) software. *


LinuxMCE 0704 Released

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| "LinuxMCE 0704 is a major improvement over the original 1.0 release.
| According to a poll, 86% now report LinuxMCE installs and starts up without
| problems, versus 27% with the original release. *


MythTV vs. Vista MCE: First Impressions

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| First, I suppose I need to start with a disclaimer before discussing
| the relative merits of MythTV and Vista MCE as I've experienced them
| over the past month.


The various levels of suckage - Windows MCE

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| I also worked for a company which designed dedicated media center
| machines. Slick looking boxes for under the tv action. drool. Around
| 20000 sold, and counting. So that means I have a very valid opinion.
| My son has a mce machine in his room, I have one in the lounge, and my
| car is running mce. I also got my brother and sister set up with mce.
| So now I have a very very very valid opinion.
| That means you have to sit and listen while I moan, because I am not
| moaning due to having a bad day. I am moaning due to this piece of
| crap microsoft is trying to tout to all and sundry. Yes, I have
| given it a good innings, more than most would attempt, and I still
| use it for lack of anything else wife friendly. That doesnt make
| it good.


Pre-build MythTV Linux PVR eats Windows MCE for breakfast

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| Basically this is an unpack-and-plug-in solution to your media
| streaming/live TV pausing/scheduled recording needs. Yes, you
| could build your own Linux box and install MythTV, but this saves
| you all the effort, is cheaper than a Windows Media Centre and
| gives you access to a vast range of fan-programmed add-ons.


Linux as a Media Centre

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| As far as comparing Mythtv to Windows Media Centre, there is really
| no comparison, Mythtv is in a class of its own and puts WMC to shame
| in almost every department possible. This is the sort of application
| that could introduce Linux to many new users and households. Well done
| Isaac and the rest of the team, keep up the good work.

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