I'm about to jump into the world of LinuxMCE head first I have quite a bit of computer knowledge, but would like to have someone who know LinuxMCE well (and using this with VMWare) to comment on my plans before I start using $1000's on hardware. Here's what I hope to do:
Buy a powerful PC with Quad CPU, 8 GB RAM, 3 TB HD in raid, BluRay drive, a cable tuner, a powerful graphics card and a decent sound card.
On this PC I plan to install a lightweight Linux to run VMWare upon. I want to have three VMs running: One LinuxMCE Hybrid, one Window Server (web server, database etc. - yes, I'm a programmer ) and one Windows XP (my day to day PC - for gaming and programming and surfing and what have you).
In time I will have a projector (plus plus) in the same room as this PC will be, hence the Hybrid. I also have some questions regaring the media director, but I'll save that for another post ;-)
I also have a digital cable box I want to use. What hardware is best for getting the input from the cable box into LinuxMCE? Can I watch the digital signal while recording through the analog cable tuner?
Is this plan doable? Will I be able to use the graphics card to output LinuxMCE-signals to my projector from one VM while displaying my Windows screen on a display through another - or do I need two graphics cards to make this work? How about sound - do I need two sound cards as well? Anything else I need to be aware of?
Hope someone can help me out - I would really like to make this work :-)