LOL, just downloaded and booted the FreeVo Live CD and booted it. Flicked through the bland sparse menu's and selected to watch the short video that shipped in it's library, at which point it hung the box. Suspect Thom was right with his "Not as far along" comment.
It most likely didn't detect your video or other hardware properly.
Out of curiousity I downloaded the LiveCD and burnt it to a CD and booted up with it last night/this morning. I don't have any tuner cards in my office machine so all I got was video, music, and Firefox. No mouse clicks seemed to work. The video played fine, not sure about the music. Although it loads and runs it was anything but impressive. I probably didn't give it a good 'demo' mind you.
I've yet to see anything offer the features LMCE has. I personally enjoy watching TV and being able to click the green button and bring up the menu overlay and poke around my video folder or music folder during commercials, or flick on/off/dim a light, without missing a beat. All the other media centers get you into your media and to do pretty well anything else you have to exit back to a menu. I'm spoiled now!
I'm kinda luck[y] I guess as I have 2 spare machine at the moment, so I'm going to try to set LMCE how I'm not supposed to do it. I'll build 2 hybrid boxes and disable DHCP on both of them. If I can get to the point where I can record on hybridA, then watch it on hybridB, then I'll consider that a result
Somehow I doubt you'll get that to work. Why not set up a core/hybrid with two network cards and then boot up a media director off the 2nd nic and see how it really works? One main 'core' is much easier to look after, and net booting up media director's is a breeze and much simpler than what you're talking about. I like Thom's comment about those supposedly in the 'know' that go out of their way to fight LMCE instead of sitting back and letting LMCE do all the hard work for you.
BTW - Decent forum too, a lot of other forums would have been far less mature with this potentially contentious thread
To me, comparing LMCE against other packages is not taboo. If anything it confirms that LMCE is a great package (once you get it running)! However, I think somewhere out there everybody musta went to a anger management class as I've definitely noticed a big improvement in the tone of the posts of late, which is a great thing.