Hey, while everyone else is dumping in there .02, I would like to throw in as well.
My perspective is that that LinuxMCE is still a young product. Yes, it's unpaid part time devs as said above, but I think there is an argument against that factor as well. One, we have much more brilliant, interested developers working with this project who are dedicated and empowered to make a difference, not seeking to waste an 8 hour day looking at their email.
That being said, LinuxMCE is quirky, and hard to work with, and sometimes downright frustrating
We're early adopters, and that's the price we pay. The cool factor coming out of this project is not that you walk into a house where the system is seemlessly integrated... yet. The cool factor right now is more along the lines of that first matrix movie where all kinds of junk is hanging around and your lookng at it going "this guy is a genius for even getting this going"... but I digest.
I'm a developer as well. Yes, i know I've been a slime, and I have not committed anything to date but I'm looking forward to it when I've settled in enough myself. and I think that I'm the target market for this product right now, not a real
end user. The kind of person who is more prone to reporting, than throwing a fit when the lights go out, and the movie stops while they're watching with their mate.
I think the big mistake that LinuxMCE/Pluto has made is marketing materials. When I first looked at this project back when it was pluto, they already had this cool visual presentation up and running. too bad their system wasn't as refined. Hopefully it will turn out that way some day though.
On the DRM/HD/whatever problems. I've run into those frustrations as well. It's sad that we are treated like content criminals. I too am the kind of person who is ripping music and movies to listen to for myself
. I'm not trading them online. When I record a show, I want to watch it later
, not sell it on the black market. (alright, I'll fess up, I don't like commercials either).
Until those guys come around though, we're stuck with what we got, hacks and all. The community here I think is excellent. Sometimes very prone to attack (which is also a lot of fun to read when you're not in the middle of it), but an excellent community none the less. Ask questions in the right way and do your own research in parallel, and with a lot of much need patience, you're going to get there.