Has anyone tried the Flirc IR adaptor with LMCE yet? It seems to be platform independent and can learn remote commands. This would be a nice and easy way to control several components such as receiver and TV with a hybrid build.
flirc dot tv
"Flirc is different from other I.R. adapters."
"Conventionally, I.R. adapters require the computer to understand the I.R. commands, which is what LIRC is for. However, methods like LIRC require extensive knowledge should your remote control not be supported, which can be more frequently than expected, LIRC is not meant for the novice. That's where flirc steps in. Flirc is detected as a USB keyboard, eliminating the need for XBMC special drivers. Any media center application that supports a keyboard as an input device, supports flirc out of the box. "