I'm new to this board and found this site after my standard DVD player died and i'm looking at using linuxMCE to replace it.
now about me, I'm a security technician in Australia and use a lot of paradox alarm panels due to the great amount of power and flexablity they offer. The digiplex/EVO panel offers a standard security system with the ability to add access control and a home automation module that puts out a printer,serial and USB connention. The best part is you can have multiples of these units attached to the system, the unit can run as a printer module or switch it into home automation mode and it can talk Cbus (a home automation system made buy Clipsal) or ASCII allowing you to fully control the system.
now i'm a complete linux noob but i have fun by trying to get things working and if your interested i could be able to get you guys the serial comands for this panel intergation and test drivers etc
i also work closely with an audio visual company that deals in setting up highend homes and we both have been looking for some thing of this prodjects calibre.
let me know what i can do to help