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You have just described almost exactly the house I am in the process of building.  KNX going in for Heating and Lighting control, (I used Gira mainly from the nice chaps at KNXshop).  LinuxMCE, (or similar), in many rooms, speakers in a few others.  Not chosen the alarm yet but the Comfort is top of the list.  The builders are in at the moment, I have the KNX devices on site and the 1st fix cable is being run when they get back from the Xmas break.  Pretty much everything else in your description was so scarilly close I had to check I hadn't written the post myself and forgotten

I was drawn to Pluto Home for the KNX support and have been following LinuxMCE.  Not everyone understands the popularity of KNX in Europe, particularly Germany and the Netherlands.  In the UK they mainly use it for larger projects, (terminal 5 and Canary Wharf tube stations for example), but that has been changing a lot lately.  There are a few posts from others having some frustrations with it and a few people talking about contributing more capability, this seems like the best thread

Vista Media Centre has better integration with mControl and Exdomus Pro and those new media extenders are a great silent solution for HD playback in your lounge & dining room, but if you were willing to put up with the pain and strife on Vista Media Centre you probably wouldn't be the kind of person on these forums, (my dirty secret is I am sometimes tempted).  If you want to contribute any KNX code to match VMC capabilities, all the better, I guess you will have some grateful users.  I'm in a kind of limbo state with my implementation until I can gain enough skills to make this work or find an alternative, (nothing yet has LinuxMCE's flexibility, but then I'm stuck without KNX)

The current range of Atom platforms, like the EEE are not really powerful enough for all HD content as the Intel Chipset isn't up to much.  You'll probably be OK with 720p, (which is pretty good), but those big HD downloads will stutter.  If you could hold off into the New year for the Atom based platforms with the Nvidia 9400M graphics you will be in a better position, (supported with the latest Beta Nvidia drivers).  Particularly if you want audio on your HDMI cable.  If you want to do that today you would need a Core 2 Nvidia system, (perhaps look at a Mini-ITX based one), and if you want that to be silent you are looking at HushPC and the like, which is big bucks.  Or if it is not too late, you can get HDMI Euro face plates and stick the PC's in the loft.

Touch screen drivers seem to be available for most devices, but UI2 is not considered a great fit for touch screens.  UI1 works great, but is not as pretty.  It is particularly good when the touch screen orbiter is actually just controlling another MD.

You can have your tuners in your Core or MD's or both for MythTV which works great in the UK, (been using if for 5 years).  Not sure of the advantages of VDR as I have not used it, but someone else has said tuners need to be in the core. 

LinuxMCE completely uses external storage.  I built my core a while ago and all my storage is connected to it via SATA, but I would probably have used NAS devices if I did it today

Keep in touch with the forum and let us know how you get on, (or get in touch directly).  Looks like you are going to be a few months ahead of my build and going through the issues I will before me so I'd be happy to help.

Couple of questions,

Did you go with DALI for your lights, (with one of the KNX-DALI gateways)?
Did you pay for the full version of ETS, or stick to the ETS Basic devices?
Have you looked at HomeServer from Gira?


Developers / Could we have a 710 blocker Mantis bug
« on: January 12, 2008, 01:54:22 pm »

Hi everyone,

Is there any chance we could have a Mantis blocker raised for 710 that had all the bugs you want fixed before the next 710 release as dependencies.  That way anyone interested in progress of 710 could see where your mind is at with regards to what you want to see fixed before 710 is released, and perhaps even see where it would be most useful to contribute.  It would stop all the questions about where we are and what the progress is.

As always, thanks for all your hard work.


Scott (Happy 704 user)

Users / Re: HAdesigner
« on: August 05, 2007, 02:34:29 pm »

In case anyone wants it, I found it in the following zip file

Developers / Final Release of 1.1?
« on: August 05, 2007, 02:29:57 pm »

Looks like the final bug squashing or something in 1.1 has taken a little longer than expected, (isn't that always the way) and Paul didn't get it released last week as he had hoped.

Anyone have an idea what the new timescales are?

I want to experiment with some new devices and am just trying to decide if I should wait.



Users / Re: HAdesigner
« on: August 04, 2007, 12:51:09 am »

I found the source for it in

but it won't compile - there's something missing from the hadjdesignobj class. It looks remarked out in some of the code so I don't think the source is up to date.

Any pointers to good source would do if anyone knows

Users / HAdesigner
« on: August 03, 2007, 08:35:10 pm »

I want to design a custom screen for a device.  Does anyone know where to get HAdesigner, which I believe is a Windows program designed to help you do exactly this?



Users / Re: camera and linuxmce for access control and security!
« on: August 01, 2007, 01:13:04 am »

The SVN for MythTv includes a plugin MythZoneminder for use with the popular Zoneminder security software.  It also include a telnet interface that allows you to switch the display to a particular interface.

Once they release .21 which will include this plugin, and LinuxMCE moves to this version, it would be relatively easy to have LinuxMCE respond to an X10 or EIB door bell by starting MythTv on your Media Directors and switch to the Video.

Wouldn't give you 2 way audio, but would be a cheap easy way to get what you and I are looking for.

Installation issues / Re: LinuxMCE installer Proxy configuration
« on: July 12, 2007, 03:49:38 pm »

Yep, that's all it took.  Have raised Mantis bug for above

Installation issues / Re: LinuxMCE installer Proxy configuration
« on: July 12, 2007, 01:50:43 pm »

Nope, it is more complex than that.  We already have apt working through a proxy as well as Konqueror and wget.

The first problem is that test network connectivity to using nc, (which obviously doesn't know how to use a proxy).

I'll keep debugging and let you know how I get on

Installation issues / Re: LinuxMCE installer Proxy configuration
« on: July 11, 2007, 06:06:50 pm »
I'm dealing with the same issue.  Did you ever solve it?

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