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Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« on: November 06, 2007, 06:25:57 pm »
We have a range of Core's & Media Directors that we have used exclusively for Pluto/LMCE testing internally (these units have only been used lightly in our labs for compatibility testing). All units are 12 months or less old. We are now preparing to launch our UK based service that is built upon lmce and therefore have excess hardware available for immediate purchase.

The hardware has all been tested with lmce-0704 in our labs and can be configured with hard drives, nVidia video cards, RAM etc to suit your needs. We will also pre-install a working lmce-0704 and configure it for the hardware options that you choose.

So if you are looking for a fully configured & working lmce Core or Core + Media Directors please contact me and I will be happy to provide more details of what we have and also listen to your requirements.

Fully configured and ready to go Core's start from 300 UKP + VAT for a slimline 'under TV' style Hybrid Core but many other configurations are available.

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Re: Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2007, 08:34:57 pm »
We have a range of Core's & Media Directors that we have used exclusively for Pluto/LMCE testing internally (these units have only been used lightly in our labs for compatibility testing). All units are 12 months or less old. We are now preparing to launch our UK based service that is built upon lmce and therefore have excess hardware available for immediate purchase.

The hardware has all been tested with lmce-0704 in our labs and can be configured with hard drives, nVidia video cards, RAM etc to suit your needs. We will also pre-install a working lmce-0704 and configure it for the hardware options that you choose.

So if you are looking for a fully configured & working lmce Core or Core + Media Directors please contact me and I will be happy to provide more details of what we have and also listen to your requirements.

Fully configured and ready to go Core's start from 300 UKP + VAT for a slimline 'under TV' style Hybrid Core but many other configurations are available.

Regards

Andrew

What I find a tad disappointing is that you haven't really shared the results of your testing efforts.  In my opinion that's exactly why there is so little progress in this project, seems like (almost) nobody can be bothered to share their experience with the rest of the community. 

Nothing personal though, I highly appreciate the help you have been giving to n00bs like me (eventhough I'm not very proficient in expressing that).
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Re: Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2007, 09:10:13 pm »
We have a range of Core's & Media Directors that we have used exclusively for Pluto/LMCE testing internally (these units have only been used lightly in our labs for compatibility testing). All units are 12 months or less old. We are now preparing to launch our UK based service that is built upon lmce and therefore have excess hardware available for immediate purchase.

The hardware has all been tested with lmce-0704 in our labs and can be configured with hard drives, nVidia video cards, RAM etc to suit your needs. We will also pre-install a working lmce-0704 and configure it for the hardware options that you choose.

So if you are looking for a fully configured & working lmce Core or Core + Media Directors please contact me and I will be happy to provide more details of what we have and also listen to your requirements.

Fully configured and ready to go Core's start from 300 UKP + VAT for a slimline 'under TV' style Hybrid Core but many other configurations are available.

Regards

Andrew

What I find a tad disappointing is that you haven't really shared the results of your testing efforts.  In my opinion that's exactly why there is so little progress in this project, seems like (almost) nobody can be bothered to share their experience with the rest of the community. 

Nothing personal though, I highly appreciate the help you have been giving to n00bs like me (eventhough I'm not very proficient in expressing that).


Point taken... so i will try to make the time to document the hardware we have tested :-)
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Re: Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2007, 05:36:41 pm »
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That is great I have been looking to do the same here in the USA. I have been working with Pluto since 2.036  I think and haven't felt the project has matured enough to go main stream.  I am glad to hear you have overcome the Issues enough to start selling and servicing LinuxMce. I have / am considering putting up a web store to start offering LinuxMce tested hardware. I don't want to step on your or fiire toes, but I do want to help grow this project and think there is plenty of opportunity. Id love to setup a LinuxMce services business here in New England USA. Id would greatly appreciate any input regarding these thoughts.


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Re: Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2007, 05:38:51 pm »
Hi again...

Ok thanks for everyone who has contacted me. The response has been fantastic! We are responding to everyone so please be a little patient with us - we wont forget to get back to you!

Due to the response and also a recurring request from many people for more options and configurations than we have currently we have decided to broaden out our service for pre-built and configured lmce systems and components. As many of you will know I work for a UK based company that is a long time Pluto partner/Integrator and that we are about to launch a UK European focused product called Dianemo that is based on lmce and will be a professionally installed system with a support and service package attached. Clearly Dianemo is not aimed at most of you but at a non-technical customer who just wants a working, usable system and wants that system supported and maintained. Take a look at our current 'stealth mode' site here www.dianemo.co.uk for more info... bare in mind this site is not aimed at a technical audience though!

However what has become clear to us as we talk with the lmce community is that there is a need for a service that has all those characteristics I outlined for Dianemo minus the installation & ongoing support costs. We envisage a service which would pre-configure new hardware and lmce to a customers requirements and then ship that to you fully working and would provide online support and hand holding in the forums to make sure that what we supply continues to give value for money and enjoyment. We would make a reasonable profit on the hardware we'd supply but would be able to offer working systems at far less than we would with a fully installed and maintained Dianemo system.

In the next few days I will make available here details of the new hardware we can configure and support. In the meantime we still have lightly used hardware that has lived its life so far purely inside our test labs and is actively looking for a new home! So please contact me if you would like details of what we have left and pricing.

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Re: Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2007, 05:49:10 pm »
totallymaxed

That is great I have been looking to do the same here in the USA. I have been working with Pluto since 2.036  I think and haven't felt the project has matured enough to go main stream.  I am glad to hear you have overcome the Issues enough to start selling and servicing LinuxMce. I have / am considering putting up a web store to start offering LinuxMce tested hardware. I don't want to step on your or fiire toes, but I do want to help grow this project and think there is plenty of opportunity. Id love to setup a LinuxMce services business here in New England USA. Id would greatly appreciate any input regarding these thoughts.


Thanks

Tim

Hi Tim,

The more the merrier as we say here in the UK! The important thing for us all is to grow the community here and to grow the realisation in the broader market for home automation. So what Fiire are upto and what you have planned is an essential part of that. Its why I devote a growing percentage of my work (and spare time) here helping people here... and also I have to say learning a lot too!

Best of luck with your plans to setup your lmce services business... I'm more than happy to answer questions etc if you have them.

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Re: Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2007, 08:50:30 pm »
I operate a small custom installation business in Kansas and am also looking to offer LMCE systems to clients. I feel that this system far exceeds any other offering of complete packages on the market. Niveus is the only thing I've found to really come close (except for $$$$$$$$$) and it doesn't offer automation and security and ....

My fear is that with the addition of commercial offerings the "openness" of the project may suffer. I will do my best to give feedback and any additional information that I may come across. Hopefully the rest of the "commercial" side of this project will do the same.

If we can pair this project up with affordable whole-house audio solutions (NuVo) and integrate other helpful additions like the recipes module I suggested while utilizing legal playback of media in the US this system could well be THE system to have.

Although, admittedly, the Fiire systems are great and ready-to-go so I will probably just offer those as my own systems for install. I would still love to see the NuVo re-integration as well as a whole host of other additions.

Oh, and the re-release of the Sony XL1B3 would be nice too.  ;)

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Re: Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2007, 09:28:24 pm »
I operate a small custom installation business in Kansas and am also looking to offer LMCE systems to clients. I feel that this system far exceeds any other offering of complete packages on the market. Niveus is the only thing I've found to really come close (except for $$$$$$$$$) and it doesn't offer automation and security and ....

My fear is that with the addition of commercial offerings the "openness" of the project may suffer. I will do my best to give feedback and any additional information that I may come across. Hopefully the rest of the "commercial" side of this project will do the same.

If we can pair this project up with affordable whole-house audio solutions (NuVo) and integrate other helpful additions like the recipes module I suggested while utilizing legal playback of media in the US this system could well be THE system to have.

Although, admittedly, the Fiire systems are great and ready-to-go so I will probably just offer those as my own systems for install. I would still love to see the NuVo re-integration as well as a whole host of other additions.

Oh, and the re-release of the Sony XL1B3 would be nice too.  ;)

Jason

I don't see that commercial offerings should change anything at all - they certainly wont from our perspective - we will likely contribute a major piece of TV integration in the next lmce release for example. We plan to be full participants in the lmce community and will put back in as much as, or hopefully more than , we take out. We don't expect that most people who are interested in building their own system will be interested in our full service Dianemo product... that addresses a completely different market and audience (there is little overlap at all between the two).

But the lmce community is full of people that add enormously to the understanding and knowledge  base about lmce integration, installation, reliability and all other aspects of living with lmce. Helping people explore the lmce system on the forum is helpful to us as it enables us to understand how better to serve our full service customers.

Great to hear from you by the way. I hope your venture into lmce is very successful Don't hesitate to contact me if you need to.

all the best

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Re: Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2007, 09:46:55 pm »
I wasn't aware the XL1B3 had even been DISCONTINUED... I ordered my third unit from Sonystyle.com last week!

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Re: Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2007, 10:43:22 pm »
I wasn't aware the XL1B3 had even been DISCONTINUED... I ordered my third unit from Sonystyle.com last week!

-Thom

(should I order another 4?)

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I ordered one from Vanns a week and half ago and wish I could have purchased five as only Amazon seems to have any left, other than eBay.

Of course there is the http://www.niveusmedia.com/products/icevault.htm or the Powerfile c200, not that there is much difference between the icevault, c200 and XL1B3, but I digress. Quite frankly, even for that price ($1,600) they are a good deal considering what they do for distributed media. I would need 1.8 TB under LMCE (non-compressed .dvd) to do the same thing that one jukebox does. No to mention the time required to rip all those DVDs. If only there was a 400 disc model...

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Re: Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2007, 10:57:24 pm »
I wasn't aware the XL1B3 had even been DISCONTINUED... I ordered my third unit from Sonystyle.com last week!

-Thom

(should I order another 4?)

-Thom


I ordered one from Vanns a week and half ago and wish I could have purchased five as only Amazon seems to have any left, other than eBay.

Of course there is the http://www.niveusmedia.com/products/icevault.htm or the Powerfile c200, not that there is much difference between the icevault, c200 and XL1B3, but I digress. Quite frankly, even for that price ($1,600) they are a good deal considering what they do for distributed media. I would need 1.8 TB under LMCE (non-compressed .dvd) to do the same thing that one jukebox does. No to mention the time required to rip all those DVDs. If only there was a 400 disc model...

Jason

Hmmm... the ripping time is an issue I agree but 2TB of HD storage now costs well under 200UKP (ie less than $400 retail).... ;-)
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Re: Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2007, 11:09:19 pm »

Hmmm... the ripping time is an issue I agree but 2TB of HD storage now costs well under 200UKP (ie less than $400 retail).... ;-)

But it needs to be redundant as I don't want to rip 2TB of discs twice. So for a good Raid5/6 with 2TB usable it is much more than $400. I'd be lucky to get a good eSata cage for $400, let alone the drives.
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« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2007, 11:46:37 pm »
  Hi Totallymaxed, Zaerc and all others.

 I actually had the same taught about making some contribution to the project / community and try to generate some service by doing basically what i like doing the most (Linux geekness).

 Here in Algeria they are many people building big houses / residences and there is a need for those king of home automation solutions.

 Well, i think that rather than having many personnal lmce brews we should all share our efforts, and i will do so even if some customer ask me to develop a custom (wrapper / hw support / skin or else) that he would pay for.

 Because i think that the base of the code is quiet big and event if we spent hours / month we've done nothing compared to what have been done so far.

 I shall admit that i worked on many kind of different solutions before but pluto is quiet complex and requires a lot of knowledge in many areas.

 There are so many opportunities, the solution is so well taught and customizable that it should not be hard
to have many kind of customers (personnal use, sme's, particular setups).

 So i think together we'll be stronger and since we're not on the same part of the globe we don't have any
conflicts of interest.

 What do you think ?

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Re: Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2007, 11:56:48 pm »
holy shitballs! glad I bought that last unit! it turns out they just stopped selling them on Sonystyle!

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Re: Selection of Core's & MD's available pre-configured
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2007, 12:03:20 am »
holy shitballs! glad I bought that last unit! it turns out they just stopped selling them on Sonystyle!

-Thom


You seem to make at least one comment daily that makes me laugh out loud.  ;D
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