Well guys, I hate to admit it but the wife has been somewhat unhappy with LMCE from the start. She loves the idea of a central media center and various frontend MDs, as well as the potential for all the home automation stuff, integrated security and phone system, etc. Unfortunately she hates the interface. Ugly, non-intuitive, sometimes glitchy. She wants to be able pick up a remote and have everything make sense, not need to learn where stuff is or how to do things.
Since I had a spare 500G SATA drive in my closet, I went ahead and installed Mythbuntu for her to try. The wife is happy with it, so it looks like I'll be stepping away from linuxmce for a while. To be completely honest, I like it much better myself except for the lack of HA features.
I'll be keeping an eye on LinuxMCE. After the orbiter re-write I hope to come back - there is so much potential functionality I want to use. Unfortunately user friendliness is just not there. LinuxMCE is also quite glitchy, but I've been using 810 BETA, it's expected.
Don't take this as a typical LinuxMCE sucks, I'm using something else type post. If anything, think of it as a reminder of what is important to end users - the user experience. I know some of the devs here get uptight and defensive when any criticism is given, but lets try to get past that. I want LinuxMCE to succeed. I think it has the potential to be great. I know it's early in it's life and is trying to shake off the shackles of the commercial product that spawned it. As an end user that has been using and following this project for more than 2 years let me throw out a few general suggestions:
*rip out, rewrite, or otherwise get away from any proprietary code. LMCE needs FOSS programmers, some FOSS programmers may shy away from a project built from and still limited by non-free licensing, even if it's just some areas.
*stop chasing away potential users and developers. Rude belittling posts do nothing but hurt the project.
*listen to the users. If a question or complaint comes up often, there is a reason.
*more linux standard stuff, less wizardy stuff. Think of how many people run into the "black screen, press 1, 2, 3, etc." on hardware where a standard linux install works fine.
*If at all possible, get this to run on other distros.
*Do not force PXE booted MDs. Net booting is nice, it's slick, but sometimes being able to boot a MD from a local HD is a better option.
*Put an end to the constand "need to reload router" and "need to regenerate orbiter" stuff.
Of course these are all suggestions, nobody can demand or even expect the devs to work on anything they don't want to (unless they are being directly paid for specific items). I'll still be lurking from time to time, I may even setup a test environment and continue to play around.