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Home media system runs open source Linux

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| A company called Fiire is shipping a home automation, media control, and
| security system based on the open source LinuxMCE distro. Built around a
| dual-core AMD Athlon X2-based box called the Fiire Engine, the Fiire system
| also includes FiireStation thin clients and a Z-Wave-based FiireChief
| controller.


Buntu Family Theater [video]

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| Linux Journal's own Shawn Powers tells the story of Ubuntu and his family of
| distributions as they search for their identities.



Netflix Player runs Linux

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| Movie distributor Netflix is offering a $100 set-top box aimed at enabling
| subscribers to stream movies on demand, using a broadband Internet
| connection. The player runs an embedded Linux OS and is supplied by Roku, a
| California-based company known for its Linux-based PVRs (personal video
| recorders).



Mythbuntu 8.04 Brings MythTV Improvements To Fruition

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| The biggest improvements delivered in Mythbuntu 8.04 are the diskless client
| support and upgrading against MythTV 0.21. MythTV 0.21 alone has many
| significant changes and bug fixes, with many of them being ones that will
| appease end-users. Mythbuntu 7.10 was an excellent MythTV distribution and
| Mythbuntu 8.04 is a nice upgrade to that first major release. Mythbuntu 8.04 *
| beta can be downloaded today while Mythbuntu 8.04 final should arrive on (or
| slightly after) April 24, 2008 from Mythbuntu.org. * *


Mythbuntu Linux Media Center

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| Mythbuntu uses the XFCE4 desktop. All unnecessary applications such as
| OpenOffice, Evolution, and a full Gnome desktop are not installed for a
| Mythbuntu installation. At any time, a user may choose to install
| ubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-desktop, or xubuntu-desktop and add a full desktop
| onto their installation. This is done via the Mythbuntu Control Centre. * *



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. *


Mythbuntu 7.10 Public Beta

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| The Mythbuntu team is pleased to announce the Beta of Mythbuntu-7.10.


Linux Media Center PCs Review Roundup

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| LinuxMCE vs. MythTV. LinuxMCE is the most amazing thing to come out of the
| multimedia world on any platform, period. But try finding an OEM carrier that
| will sell this amazing product to you, pre-installed. You won't find many. *
| While the big box stores choose to sell the ever-lame Windows MCE, one
| provider had the guts to step into the ring and truly provide us with a
| viable Linux media appliance suitable for our living rooms. MythTV, while not
| as 'flash-bang-pretty' as LinuxMCE, has been around long enough to find
| itself in the position of being a solid, long-term project with some
| fantastic user and developer support. * * *


Media Portal Xface Skin Version 1.0 | Competition for Vista MCE?

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| One thing about open source software: you never know how people will improve
| it. Take Media Portal for instance. I have tried it but ultimately went with
| BeyondTV to watch TV on my computer. That, however, might change though with
| the release of Xface Skin Version 1.0. *


Linux media center distro adds flashy features

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| LinuxMCE appears to comprise a set of add-ons -- such as the MythTV DVR
| (digital video recorder), for example -- that sit on top of Kubuntu, the
| version of Ubuntu that uses KDE (K desktop environment). It adds numerous
| fancy features, including the optional alpha-blended UI (user interface)
| shown in the screenshots below. * *


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. *


LinuxMCE 1.1 Released -- Now Runs KDE

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| There's also word that LinuxMCE, since it works so well with the
| KDE desktop environment, that the guys at the KDE project are
| seriously considering integrating LinuxMCE into their upcoming
| 4.0 release. Now this is HUGE! If combined in the KDE 4.0 release,
| LinuxMCE + Kubuntu would be a free, open-source competitor/aternative
| to Windows Vista Ultimate.


Mythbuntu 7.10 Public Alpha 3

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| Today marks the release for the third Mythbuntu alpha image. *With this
| release, we introduce an AMD64 built image as well a standard x86 build.
| Should there be enough demand for a PPC build, we will do one of this for the
| next alpha. *


Mythbuntu 7.10 Public Alpha 2

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| Today the Mythbuntu team is announcing our second alpha image.

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