Dave and Pnuts,
Thanks for the feedback. I chose the title to restrict the scope of the topic to mainboards as much as possible. I intend to create a broader topic to cover hardware other than mainboards (the topics will surely refer to one another). It will probably be a handful of topics actually as there is a lot of ground to cover.
You did a nice job explaining terms which are familiar to veteran users, but not to those that are new to LinuxMCE, such as PXE and GPU.
I think hyperlinking the first mention of these words to a wikipedia or LinuxMCE wiki page should help here. That's on the TODO list.
1. Three different sections for motherboard selection based upon core, hybrid/core, and client. This would make it even easier to focus on the specific needs of the system being built.
*wrinkles nose*...that would be messy. Some factors aren't split nicely between those three categories (like form factor). There are also criteria that apply to 2 of the 3.
2. Some more detail about the case for the motherboard.
3. Information about things like Bluetooth, and remote control receiver.
Case selection, bluetooth, and remote control stuff should go in other topics. I'm curious what details about cases you are looking for here.
4. You have done a nice job detailing your personal hybrid. You might want to make those references links to that page (such as under Video Decoding Requirements)
Thanks. Good point, done.
5. Under video decoding, it would be nice to have some more options listed if possible. Or, at least a link to a list of others.
I think it would be nice too.
That will depend on others contributing them as I only had the hardware listed there to test. Perhaps a properly initiated survey would help this along.
6. Also under video decoding, it would be helpful to have some explanations as to what the different playback results mean. I want to make sure when I select the components for my hybrid that I have a processor capable not only of working with my current TV, but something that will work with TV's I may purchase in the future.
Hmm...the processing power required to decode a video doesn't depend on the TV. AFAIK wrt video decoding processing demands there is no (or at least negligible) dependence on the final display resolution.
Overall, I felt like a learned a huge amount from reading the page and it was very insightful.
Well then the goal is largely accomplished.
You're welcome and thanks for the feedback.