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[News] Another Media Appliance Runs GNU/Linux, Free Software

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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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