Yeah, I don't like Linux.
It's like Windows, but worse - needs a lot more fucking around with to get stuff done.
The computer is plenty powerful enough so it's not going to be slow.
Hmmm....well, this is a pointless thread, isn't it? As far as I'm aware...there's Microsoft Media Center......and then there's Linux. So, your 'choice', if you don't want Linux, is MS MC.
End of thread. You can close it now.
Forget the OS, Windows is going on it. I've used Linux before and I hate it. The PC won't just be being used as a HTPC, so I'm sticking with the desktop OS I like.
The question is, is what is the best media centre software - Windows 7's Media Centre, or XBMC, or something else?
Looks like Win Media Center is going on as it has add ins for Lovefilm, doesn't seem to be one for XBMC.
Plus, Lovefilm uses Silverlight so a Linux OS is out.
You can, of course, use both WMC and XBMC from within Windows, you need only use WMC for Lovefilm once you see how comparatively shit it is. And, if it's still the case, Lovefilm isn't available on XBMC because Lovefilm only allow it on platforms of their direct partners which, presumably, means some sort of commercial licensing agreement.
See my original post - I've sold all my other stuff (including blu ray that I used to watch Lovefilm on) to get this HTPC, so saying "watch lovefilm on a console" isn't very helpful.
So, what makes XBMC better than Windows Media Centre?
If it's much better then I'm sure I could have both set up and then skip to WMC or a browser to watch Lovefilm
Perhaps I'm using the wrong edition? But I'm not impressed so far.
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Yeah, been using it for a while now. XBMC is good, I like it. Some of the menus are a bit weird, can take a while to figure out where different settings are and I can't get any of the add-ins to work they all give various errors.
Kind of annoying you can only get movies and tv shows on the main menu too under videos - I'd like to have a music videos and documentaries section there too.
The little ASROCK Core100-HT is a belter of a PC, runs great and had a good feature where it restarts itself after shutting down then saves its state to memory on the board. So from hitting 'on' to using the machine is ~3 seconds.