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Developers / Appliance vs Package vs Distro
« on: November 29, 2007, 05:01:33 am »
I came across LinuxMCE a few months ago now after reading an article about a ex-microsoft employee thinking about jumping ship because of DRM. I have been using it ever since and have been quite satisfied with it. Recently, i decided i wanted my core to also be a server for my house, handling mail, hosting websites, running java web applications, handling PPPoE and all the rest of it.

I found the distro used by LinuxMCE to be very tightly controlled and specific. Installing new software meant changing the sources list, getting pppoe working meant channing a database, all users created by LinuxMCE had their shell point to /dev/null etc. In short, it was very appliance like.

So what i am here to ask is this. Is the vision of LinuxMCE to literally be an appliance or was this something inherited from pluto? Is there any interest in the future to turn LinuxMCE into an OS Distro of its own (MCEbuntu anyone?) or perhaps even just creating a LinuxMCE package that can be installed from ubuntu server edition. I think it would be great if i could install ubuntu server and then the LinucMCE package and have it all work. For now i'm left with changing everything LinuxMCE has put in place to get it to operate like a server.

Am i the only one with these desires?

Feature requests & roadmap / Built in Support of PPPoE
« on: November 22, 2007, 07:20:23 am »
It would be nice to include built in support for PPPoE in the next version of LinuxMCE. To get it working on my machine, i had to disable the built in firewall and execute the following to get internet sharing to work:

iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -j MASQUERADE

Hindsight tells me i could of avoided a lot of pain by just modifying the device in the database like the wiki says, but it shouldn't be this hard to set up something so simple.

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