LinuxMCE is intended to be the center of your entire house. As such, it provides DHCP and gateway/firewall functions at its lowest level. These are used to both find devices that appear on the internal network, such as file servers, IP phones/adaptors, or other periphreals.Thanks Thom,
If you turn off our DHCP server, all of this functionality will be completely eliminated, and 90% of what you would use LinuxMCE for, would also be eliminated as a result..
Therefore, if all you need is just a media server..I think you would be happier with one of the media distributions like MythBuntu etc... because it's not worth it fighting the appliance nature of the software stack. It was designed for one major use case, and the effectiveness of the software decreses markedly the farther away you stray from this use case.
Note that I am saying this from a user's perspective, if you are a developer, or if other interested developers wish to add additional use cases for our software, we would be more than happy to accept patches for said functionality.
That's all very fine, but I have an existing network consisting of a netcomm adsl modem/router/firewall/dhcp server; centos5 samba primary domain controller, fileserver, webserver, mailserver, ftp server/centralised tape backup; wireless nap; several winxp desktops/notebooks. I want to crawl before I walk and I don't want to bring down a perfectly fine network. My port forwarding is all setup. I run my business from home so I have to proceed/play with caution.
Therefore I would like to start with trial and error installs of LinuxMCE, on the assumption that turning off 90% of the functionality will still deliver a damn fine media centre, ie linux, 64 bit processing, a nice UI, 3 button gyro remote etc. And I'm hoping that this combo with my hardware will deliver, amongst other things, superior HDTV live/record/playback/timeshift performance, superior to the winxp/mediaportal bloat.
Mythbuntu and the others look a bit clunky/techo to me, but I may try that as well.
So tell me I'm dreaming here in Oz, or wish me luck.
Cheers from Kerry downunder.