I am pleasantly surprised at all the responses.
OK. I have ordered an ATI Radeon X1950GT and can disable the onboard X1250 – will that work? Also, is there any advantage to using the ATI proprietary Linux drivers?
I think I will go for a 4 core/media director hybrid set up. The only PC running all the time is the main Win2003 Server that has all the disks attached in the attic. I assume I can still attach to the network shares using SAMBA?
What is the PXE boot performance like? With the SSD in am getting button to TV in less than 15 seconds and the I-RAM in about 7 seconds.
I want to use the home automation stuff at some point. Is there any support for Skype? I have just paid for a 12 month subscription to SkypeOut and use it extensively.
The idea of controlling the systems from Bluetooth on my mobile greatly appeals to me.
I have downloaded the kubuntu-7.04-desktop-i386.iso and will give it a go on Monday.