Firstly, just to let you know i'm a complete Linux noobie - your chance to convert someone whos worked with MS products for most of his life! And i thank you all very much in advance - i realise what i'm about to ask is a lot but hopefully not too much!
So i started to write this big long essay, describing exactly what i want to do in my house but then i realised all it boils down to is a few questions, so i won't waste anyone's time and get straight to the big ones:
I've concluded i need 1 hybrid and 1 MD:
Hybrid with HDMI out and 7.1 for 4 zones of multiroom audio and 1 video stream
MD with HDMI out and 7.1 for the HD theatre.
1. All my kit will be rack mounted - is there an off the shelf rack mounted system that is ready built that will work for the Hybrid and MD? Otherwise, whats a good rack mounted case that will allow me to build a suitable system using the part list in the wiki?
2. What kit will i need to be able to connect my standard landline telephone?
3. I'm going to control 15 different pieces of kit using rs232 - whats the best hub to use?
Now on to Orbiters (i love that name - sounds so much cooler that remotes)
I want complete home control from every orbiter - audio levels, video outs, lights, IP camera feeds, telephony info, the works!
Is it a good idea with the following (just need reassurance i'm not overestimating the functionality): iphone? LG Viewty? ipod touch? 15" screen in the wall in the living area (conencted to some slim client or something)? Chumby built into a sofa (well why not?)?
I think thats it for the moment - i am absolutely desperate to get going on this project - my current 'get me by' bodge is driving me crazy!
Thanks for all your forthcoming advice.