I see, I didn't realize it would cost so much to do something that seems so simple to do. I guess the main problem is that a lot of people want it to "just work" like it did in your video, but the video was made using hardware that isn't readily available. What is needed is the same video with hardware that can be purchased right now I think. A more limited set of hardware would be best if it gives the user a better experience (mac approach). If you could do that it would be great. If you had a "wish list" of parts that you'd need to work on I'd certainly send you some stuff if it helps. I think if you could get things to work with hardware that isn't as expensive that would also bring about more adoption.
Seems you're the official troll here. Here's food for thought: You mentioned that you think it's the users problem that they can't get Linux to work on their desktop or they view it as being "too complicated". Do you actually think you're going to change/educate everyone else? You can't, but you can change the product so that it does what people expect it to do and it "just works".
Yes, I agree that some people like just typing a quick command vs clicking through a bunch of menus. Sorting through data is far easier with a few commands than trying to open a big text file in notepad or something and searching for data.
Let me give you my perspective about a recent nvidia driver issue I had just the other day. It started out as me just wanting to get surround sound working in Ubuntu. I had used this box for over 2 years without any issues. It was 6.05 I believe (6.x anyway). I discovered I needed to install Pulse Audio to get surround sound, so I installed it via yum and walked away. When I came back a few hours later it had upgraded Ubuntu to 7.10 since it wasn't compatible with 6.x! This broke a number of things, including VMware and my nvidia driver. I recompiled vmware and downloaded the latest NVidia driver and everything worked except my 2nd display was stuck at 800x600. Since 7.10 is end of life as of a few weeks ago I figured I might as well upgrade to 8.x since the display was broken. It upgraded to 8.04 fine and then rebooted, and the same NVidia/vmware issue was there. So I went to install the nvidia driver again, except it didn't work. I tried every possible way of removing and installing it, and it is broken. EnvyNG, manual install, Ubuntu's nvidia-new drivers, etc. I scoured forums, nothing. The best I can do is to get ONE display working with the old "nv" driver (the other 2 won't work at all). At this point I'm not touching it until I have lots of time since its at least working for now. So to recap, after many hours of searching and trying new ways of installing I have 1 out of 3 displays working, and I still don't have surround sound. It really shouldn't be this hard, and I hate to say it but I've found this to be a typical Linux experience. I have 4 Fedora machines (6, 8 and 9), 2 Ubuntu, and 1 embedded system. Every one of them has had some complication and hasn't worked right away, with the exception of one of the Fedora6 boxes. If this has been my experience I don't wonder why Linux isn't more mainstream on the desktop market.
It's going to boil down to money eventually, as the volunteers will need money if they are to quit their day jobs and work on this project at some point. I think taking steps now to move the product in that direction are a good idea (look at what Fiire is doing). Sitting on your high horse doesn't work in the long run, seriously I suggest you drop the attitude. You aren't helping things by insulting people.
Thanks for the tips, I'll probably torch the mythbuntu system to try LinuxMCE on it. I have the MCE remote, it wouldn't work until I gave the lircd daemon a kick in the pants. I don't know what kind of tuner card is in it, probably a Leadtek Winfast XP 2000.