Firstly - thanks to all dev's and users - LinuxMCE looks pretty damn awesome to me. I only have it running in a VM for now, I just wanted to sort out any install issues first - but got it running like a dream (of course this doesn't counter any HW issues I come across with the main install, but its a good start).
My main question here is around Blu-Ray support, but I'll give you some thoughts around my install plan first.
- Core - Will be built on a Dell Optpliex 755 with 4 gig mem, 160gig HDD, and 2 x 10/100/1000 NIC's, just using the on-board Intel GPU as this will not be a media player as well - just the Core.
- Media - Will move all media (pics, music, films, etc) to a NAS of some sort (TBC) and let LinuxMCE catalogue - feel free to recommend a NAS (rack mount would be best, even self build - please point me in the right direction).
- Hook it all together through a gig switch (cabling to be rolled out in the next couple of weeks).
- I have the network layout sorted. Am Network/Security engineer, and the suggested architecture looks spot on to me.
- Get an ASUS eee, strip out the HDD, get the PXE boot working, and hook up HDMI to a test TV.
Bang - done, that easy ;-)
Assuming this all works, how do I then sort out my Blu-Ray wants and needs....? Networks is my thing, not Unix/Linux or other user/server systems....
Is there a compatible BR drive I can stick in the Core and stream out BR HD from there ? Or can I get the Media Director playing BR from its own drive (assuming I can get one with a BR drive) ? My thoughts are the latter would be better, as then the processing overhead is taken off the core and placed on the Media Director. I plan to eventually use the Core for full home automation, so it makes sense to me to take as much load off it as possible.
From what I've googled I understand that Blu-Ray is a bit "up in the air" where Linux and LinucMCE is concerned.
Please advise and comment on any of the above.
Sorry if this post is in the wrong place or/and a bit long winded.
Thanks for your time.