Thanks for the prompt replies, almost wish I'd stayed up now ;-)
I have read the FAQ's and watched the video too (very slick video BTW, great idea to seel LMCE), but they haven't really answered my fundamental question. This thread hasn't yet either. I'm a complete newb to LinuxMCE, but not to Linux, I'm a developer by trade a very old one :-(, so reasonably competent with an OS. WHat I want to be able to do, is have several client machines (Directors?) being able to record TV. So that I'll be recording FreeSat HighDef my lounge projector TV, recording analogue on the one in the kitchen, whilst my girlfriend will be recording weird girlie stuff in the bedroom. I then want to be able to watch stuff recorded in the kitchen, in any of the rooms. I understand that the core can control and share devices, but I only understand devices to mean disks and plugged in AV kit, such as set top boxes, screen, audio etc. Does devices also include tuner cards internal and/or USB.
BTW - I like my network just fine the way it is and don't want to change it. My wireless ASDL router is my gateway and DHCP server and it currently feeds 4 PC's and 2 laptops. The core will be in a different room to it and the ADSL supply, so running an ethernet lead to it is not an option, neither is making it a gateway. Having said that, I have no issues with having 2 DHCP servers, static IPs etc and am familiar enough with TCP/IP to set up whatever you guys recommend. I inherently don't like the idea of network booting machines. It's OK with thin clients and understand (and actually approve) of the LinuxMCE model for that, but that's for a dedicated LinuxMCE network and machines on it. None of my kit would be dedicated to it and as the lowest machine is a dual code with 4 gb ram, I'd be reluctant to do that.
So, hopefully I can get LinuxMCE to do what I want and will not be stuck with MediaPortal and regular reboots!
BTW - This is a good time to try it, as one media centre has died. I've downloaded the install DVD iso and will try it with a couple of machines. I may even be in a position to answer this question myself later ;-)
Thanks for the replies guys, not all forums are this helpful...