I read the wiki:
LinuxMCE 1004 Alpha :: Considered to be "bleeding edge". Give it a try if you are able to fix problems alongside the developers.
I have submitted bugs (and will continue to) where I was confident I knew that something was not operator error.
This is a general experience update about things I have found functional and working under 10.04. I will draw some comparisons to both the last stable version of 8.10 and to my second machine which is running a fairly slim Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.Worked out of the box, or only took minor adjustments:
Media ripping and playback on the hybrid
Orbiter connection with webDT
IP camera (view only)
Aeon Labs Z-Wave usb stick
For a media player on a single monitor the system at this point is the best available IMO. If nothing else below ever becomes functional I will continue to use 10.04 for a movie watching computer.Not Working, or so limited in functionality I moved it elsewhere:
DNS - despite many attempts to correct this apache2 returns a line at startup that it cannot resolve a name. * If this doesn't cause issues for Dyn DNS or VOIP settings I won't consider it a problem*
MythTV - using the dcecommon fix recently posted I can watch TV for approximately 2 minutes before it crashes and says too many errors were encountered. Something about too many frame buffer errors. I also have to rerun the apt-get install dcecommon command each time I change a channel.
Asterisk - Under 8.10 I did not have VOIP service but I could make calls from orbiter to orbiter. Under 10.04 when trying to call a orbiter it immediately crashes. Without FreePBX I do not know the status of my SIP registration to determine the status of my connection. When I lift the receiver on my phone which connects to a networked ATA device I get a buzz sound for a few seconds and then nothing. The status under Phone Lines in the admin page simply says "reguest request" on my providers SIP line.
Motion (IP Cam) - Unworking in 10.04, motion either doesn't start, starts and fails or runs but does not report motion detected from the feed its watching. Under 8.10 I was able to get it working and have events fire off motion. I have since moved this IP cam to my Ubuntu machine where motion detection is functional.
Motion (usb cam) - Unworking in 10.04 or 8.10. I do have this working on my Ubuntu machine however.
Motion (analog cam via WinTV 150) - Unworking in 10.04 or 8.10 connected either composite or coax via a RF modulator. Currently working on my Ubuntu machine after installing ivtv-utils and VLC media player. The commands to display input is v4l2-ctl -I, to list all inputs is v4l2-ctl -n, and to select which input you want to use is v4l2-ctl -i <input number> the output remains as /dev/video0. These commands do not work under LinuxMCE unfortunately or I would add that to my device data.
Detection of Networked Resources - LMCE is currently giving out IP addresses to any equipment I put on its switch, they are all able to connect to lmce-admin page and are also able to connect via network sharing options and pull-put files into /home/<my user name>/desktop. LMCE however does not "see" these devices however and has failed to prompt about using them as file servers as it did in 8.10.
Ability to check updated sqlCVS information - Each time I run the update command with categories selected I get a pop-up window that takes a few minutes and then returns status successful. Nothing happens after this though. In 8.10 after running this command my next apt-get update would pull in updated UI files, new templates, etc.
Ability to apply apt-get update - Not currently functional.
Email out from events or even the test email from admin page - Not functional in 10.04. In 8.10 when I used the test email button I got the string of information across the top of the screen but never an actual email sent. I tried using Mailx and was not able to configure that either.
Gyration Remote - Working but unregistered in 10.04. Getting a discovered, installing software for new device, device is ready to use announcements every 5-10 minutes. Worked in 8.10 without adjustment though I do not recall if it registered. * If it's a known issue I will not list it as non-functioning. Its just annoying so will let the roommate use it* Ability to unplug computer monitor and plug in my TV via DVI to HDMI cable - Not working without a reboot. * Fixed, I copied the output of nvidia x config tool into my /etc/x11/xorg.conf after setting it for twin view with +0+0 offset for second monitor (which is my tv) * Ability to restart router or reboot without linuxmce being the active channel on my physical KVM switch - Not working in 10.04. Performing a quick reload router, force reload router or reboot must be done while the video channel is active on my KVM or the screen locks to 500x420 resolution and is unusable without another reboot. * I have learned to always make lmce video feed active during startup/reboots. My other PC also hates booting while non-active but between its login screen and its desktop it corrects the resolution*
KDE desktop wipe - This is an interesting one but frustrating to work with. Occasionally when I return to KDE desktop I find all my settings and favorites wiped. For example I pull the reactivate orbiter script out of desktop and add it as a panel item for ease of getting to. The desktop widget that displays desktop folder also reopens itself occasionally.
I will continue to work on these issues and hopefully add some of this functionality back to my lmce system. I love the software as a media player and have never had any problems with that. Knowing that the system is capable of doing more, owning the equipment to do more all in one place but not having it work is frustrating. Again, none of this is a complaint. I actually owe lmce a great debt as it has helped me learn volumes more about the linux structure and general coding than I knew 4 years ago. That improved knowledge and troubleshooting ability has already helped me to get various devices working on my other machines. In time I may be able to get these devices working on lmce 10.04.