in the beginning i was focused just on an htpc. but linux mce just seems like a really cool project. Plus i kinda need a new hobby. I probibly wont get into the home automation for a little while (need more cash) but even as just an htpc, linux mce has by far the nicest interface. I have tried XBMC on my laptop but it really leaves alot to be desired. I couldn't see XBMC as a standalone media center.Elisa is kinda neat, but neither have dvr capability.