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If you could add to wiki or at least post here about what you had to do to get it working, it would be appreciated.


Users / Re: Just a mad thought!
« on: July 06, 2007, 05:24:50 pm »
In theory, the modular nature of LMCE would allow you to add an LMCE Interface for a security system with a standard (rs232) interface with some fairly simple programming.  In practice, I think the alarm system is one of the modules that the pluto guys didn't concentrate on as much as, say media streaming functionality, so it might be a little more concentrated.  If you wanted to find a system with an interface and give it a shot, I'm sure there would be people here willing to help you get it working.

When I was testing the system, I wasn't getting tags in ogg files. FLAC files use Vorbis comments (like ogg), so ogg tagging is supported, there's a good chance FLAC will work out of the box.  Were you able to verify tagging of ogg files? 

Z-wave compatibility appears to be an issue right now.  The controller that was confirmed as working is the ACT ZCU000 USB controller.  This is currently out of production.  The replacement unit, the ZCU101 ( is currently in beta and is exected to be released very soon.  I don't think anyone knows for certain whether or not it will be compatible out of the box.  People have also had success with the Boca Z-wave interface, though that's also proven kind of difficult to get a hold of.

This looks like Ubuntu.  LinuxMCE needs KUbuntu to work.  Can you verify you have KUbuntu installed?

Users / Bring up Mythweb under Plutohome/LinuxMCE
« on: June 20, 2007, 07:37:24 pm »

From the smart-home-blog, an excellent site with some very neat Pluto development/useful feature explanation.  I believe this is applicable to LinuxMCE, but I haven't tried it yet.

Users / Re: Ken Burns Effect
« on: June 20, 2007, 07:32:02 pm »

These are for the GC1005M gyromouse, but you can probably figure out which mouse buttons map to which keys on the remote.

Installation issues / Re: Installation of a Media Director PC
« on: June 18, 2007, 10:57:04 pm »
There is a problem in the design of Pluto/LinuxMCE in that while you can install a CORE, you need an orbiter in order to add diskless MDs.  The best way to do this is to install it as a Hybrid initially.  That being said, you should see your diskless MD successfully boot from your core and print a message on its monitor saying it has announced itself to the core.  Do you have a dual network card configuration? You said DHCP is working with the other xp machines.  Are they connected to your secondary network port on your core?

Users / Re: General Complaints
« on: June 18, 2007, 08:16:17 am »
I've made this argument before and I guess I'll keep making it.  There are several areas of LinuxMCE/Pluto that need improvement.  I do think it's unrealistic to expect it to be a polished complete project at this point.  The video may be leading to these expectations.  This is an open-source project that is still early in the development cycle.  It still requires lots of work.  I'm a developer at work, and I'm excited enough by this project to join in and help.  Hopefully there will be a lot more people who feel the same way.

Users / Re: Good remote for LinuxMCE?
« on: June 18, 2007, 12:23:39 am »
My guess is that this is just a rebadged Gyration MCE remote. Dale3h, what would be the point of exchanging the Gyration remote for this one?

Installation issues / Re: Media Director Only Installation
« on: June 16, 2007, 08:39:36 pm »
I'm still a little confused as to why it takes 15 minutes for your MD to boot.  What does it get stuck on?  Do you see the O/S start booting? I'm wondering if you have a problem that's causing your long boot times.

Users / Re: SONOS digital music system
« on: June 16, 2007, 07:05:12 pm »
I believe the SONOS system uses Samba to access music files on a linux box.  I don't believe there is any integration with LinuxMCE.  One alternative that you might consider is Slim Devices (now Logitech) Squeezebox  The Slimserver software is integrated into LinuxMCE and LinuxMCE allows you to assign devices to rooms and use the media browser interface to access and play music files.  If you want a handheld remote like the Sonos, you can use a Nokia n770 or n800.  Both work with Slimserver, but I believe only the 770 currently works as a full LMCE orbiter.

Installation issues / Re: Media Director Only Installation
« on: June 14, 2007, 09:52:47 pm »
Right now as I understand it, the only way to have a media director is to have it net boot from the core.  I'm curious about the 15 minutes you're talking about.  Originally, the core has to create an O/S image for the MD, but once that happens, later boots are very quick.  The image loads over the network in less than a minute (considerably less in my case).

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Support for sasc-ng
« on: June 13, 2007, 05:36:36 pm »
I'm not certain, but I believe the version of Myth running on LinuxMCE has been modified from the baseline build.  I don't think plug-ins are supported with this version.

Developers / Re: Voice control suggestions
« on: June 13, 2007, 05:02:28 pm »
I have to say that I am out of this project. I wont be implementing voice control.

There are several reasons. It is very hard to talk with the main developer and he hardly answer the emails. Last time it took 3 of my mails for getting an answer. Now its been two weeks waiting. I have seen you can buy linuxmce builded systems from the internet. I guess he is busy. Also, the source code havent been updated since the begining. The kubuntu version isnt there. When I try to install linuxmce I get a lot of bugs, and cant build from source, cause the source is old.

Good luck with this project


Let's not get ourselves too excited about this yet.  Yes there are issues with the current development setup of LinuxMCE.  But let's not forget Pluto/MCE are very large projects.  These are not "1 full time, maybe 1 part time" developer projects like a lot of the ones I see on sourceforge.  For such a large project it's still very young.  Probably the most difficult part of a large development project is forming and organizing a development team and philosophy.  Paul has stated that's what he's trying to do.  I think we should all have a little bit more patience. Paul has obviously put a lot of work into the port from Pluto, and I think there are a lot of developers who have showed interest in this project.  It will take some time to organize things.  If you're really serious about adding voice control functionality, I (and I'm sure others) would love for you to be able to take part.  I also have contributions I'm trying to figure out how to add to the project.  Let's just give the team a little more time to get on their feet.

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