I am currently using a Tranquil Harmony Home Server (http://www.tranquilpc.co.uk/T7.htm
) as a Windows Home server which is working great, it is completely quiet and very fast at serving up my media. Would this system be suitable as a Core?
Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.
The Tranquipc's are based on fanless Via motherboards so as of now they are limited to UI1 due to the current limitations in the Via graphics drivers. Via have announced a new Open Source initiative in recent weeks so this may change in the future. The other issue with any Via based motherboard currently is that they use processors that are clocked relatively slowly compared to an Intel/AMD based system so they do suffer a significant performance hit when sitting at the centre of a LinuxMCE system (in particular if you have MD's and other devices attached to your Core... or have a large media library where UpdateMedia has to do a lot of scanning)
So my view is that if the graphics drivers get improved then the tranquilpc and other Via based machines are better suited to use as MD's than Cores currently unless you have a very small installation in mind... then you might just be happy with the performance.
Hope this helps