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Feature requests & roadmap / DHCP & network configuration revamp
« on: September 07, 2008, 09:19:51 am »
Just putting this here for future reference and to see if anyone else is already working on it. I will get around to it eventually if nobody else does.

The current DHCP setup is fairly clumsy and makes it difficult to integrate a LinuxMCE solution into anything but a cookie cutter network. At the very least there should be a one-click solution for configuring the core to use only 1 network interface.

Current solutions for this involve multiple subnets, ip aliasing, etc. These are all bad options. I understand the importance of running the DHCP server from the core, however there's no real need to run the gateway from the core. Modern routers all employ QoS for VoIP traffic and a great number of people who actually use LinuxMCE are already running extremely complex Linux firewalls (like me ;)). As a machine that runs a plethora of services, LinuxMCE doesn't make for a very secure firewall either. If more control over the information in dhcpd.conf were available, then users would gain the flexibility of integrating the core into exotic network setups.

Ultimately, a lot of users will be downloading LinuxMCE as a simple drop in replacement for Windows MCE, or similar products. I think there's enough demand for this feature, and as I said before, ip aliasing and multiple subnets are hack solutions at best.


Users / Re: Strange Busybox error
« on: September 07, 2008, 08:02:22 am »
LinuxMCE selects the partition to boot off of based on a unique partition ID. If you changed hard drives, then this ID will be different.

To boot temporarily hit "e" during the grub boot, you'll want to highlight the kernel /boot/blahblahblah line. Hit "e" again. Change root=UUID=234234234234234234 to root=/dev/sda1 or /dev/hda1 depending on how your system is setup. Then hit B to boot the system. Once booted you'll want to run the blkid utility and modify /boot/grub/menu.lst and change the part after UUID= to match the UUID of the partition you got from blkid.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: OpenVPN
« on: September 04, 2008, 11:30:34 am »
With regards to integration with LinuxMCE, I personally don't think it's a good idea. The more bloated LinuxMCE becomes, the harder it is to maintain.

OK, I disagree with this, and the assertion that there was nothing in contention between my statement and yours. :)

I do agree that there are points at which we are in agreement. 

Well, your argument goes both ways. It's impossible for a distro to include every conceivable software package. That's certainly not the point of a distribution at all, and definitely not the point of this media center distribution. To remain as light weight as possible software packages which are not core to the purpose of the distribution must be provided in package form. OpenVPN has little to do with media, and as such I see no reason for it to be included as a standard package.

As it is, the code has seen multiple regressions due to an already complex development environment. The absolute last thing we need to be doing right now is jamming in everywhich package we can think of.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Roadmap
« on: September 03, 2008, 02:16:10 pm »
You are free to follow the development progress, which is conversed about in the Development forum. Additional information can be found under the development section of the wiki.

If you want to try your hand at the latest beta there are instructions in the wiki on how to download and compile it.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: OpenVPN
« on: September 03, 2008, 02:07:45 pm »
However, there are valid reason for not adding it.  There may not be a demand for it's incorporation.  It doesn't fit the functionality set of LinuxMCE.  There is a better option.

If you're going to disagree with someone, make sure you know what you're disagreeing on. Seems to me that we're in agreement on why it's not a good idea.

How many people need auto-configure openvpn support?

Users / Re: How can you make a Wireless Disked MD work? :)
« on: September 03, 2008, 08:09:18 am »
Using grub PXE boot seems 100 times easier if it supports your network card.

It makes sense that you should be able to copy the boot image to the hard drive and chainload it. Have you tried that?


Feature requests & roadmap / Re: OpenVPN
« on: September 03, 2008, 07:22:50 am »
LinuxMCE uses the standard routing tables (viewable by: cat /etc/iproute2/rt_tables). Your problem is definitely a configuration issue, which may be better answered by someone familiar with OpenSwan.

With regards to integration with LinuxMCE, I personally don't think it's a good idea. The more bloated LinuxMCE becomes, the harder it is to maintain. How many people need auto-configure openvpn support? Anyone who actually uses it will likely need to configure it manually anyway.

For now, is it really too much work to "apt-get install openvpn"?

Developers / Re: Purpose of "System Recovery" boot option?
« on: September 03, 2008, 07:11:54 am »
It's also important to add that the recovery option probably doesn't do what you're hoping for. It's not like "System Restore" in Windows. Since it's broken, and has been since the release of 0710, I don't think anyone has ever used it.

Developers / Re: Purpose of "System Recovery" boot option?
« on: August 28, 2008, 11:06:50 pm »
Naturally. Was just wondering if I was missing something obvious. I don't really care for my own stuff, but I wrote a how-to on boot+raid and it was relevant to the doc.

Users / LinuxMCE + RAID + BOOT
« on: August 28, 2008, 10:06:40 pm »
Hey Guys,

I saw a few requests for RAID of the main LinuxMCE drive. I added a quick how-to into the wiki. It hasn't been very tested yet, but people have been using this method for years so it seems like it would be ok. As always, backup your data before playing with things.


Developers / Re: Purpose of "System Recovery" boot option?
« on: August 28, 2008, 09:59:12 pm »
Yes, I checked there but it only contained 2.6.22-14 kernel images. Maybe a bug?

Developers / Purpose of "System Recovery" boot option?
« on: August 28, 2008, 04:38:37 pm »
At the bottom of my menu.lst file, on a clean install off of the LinuxMCE DVD I have a menu option:

Code: [Select]

                title           System Recovery
                root            (hd0,5)
                kernel          /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-generic root=UUID=f64a7de8-3eb6-42ee-93f5-8737ad0e5f84 quiet install_from_hdd
                initrd          /boot/initrd.img-2.6.20-15-generic

This seems to point to a non-existent kernel image and initrd image. Is there any reason this is here?

Installation issues / Re: Fiire experience
« on: August 28, 2008, 07:36:57 am »
I really don't think anyone else should ever be fooled into buying from these idiots again. I have updated virtually all text occurrences of Fiire in the wiki to include a buyer beware comment. I have also created a new Fiire wiki page about the company.

Feel free to update any mistakes and add your own negative experiences to the "Issues" section.

Just to answer this question in more detail. The Fiire Chief will NOT work with a Gyration dongle. However a Gyration remote will work with a Fiire Chief dongle.

Installation issues / Re: Fiire experience
« on: August 28, 2008, 05:13:55 am »
My "shipment" arrived today. All they sent was the remotes, all of the other items are missing. What a joke.

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