I own a little computer parts store and myself and one of my geeks are going to put together an ultimate media player. What we want to do is the following.
First is to have a dual operating system to run Linux or like Linux MCE to run on one video output and have Windows (Don't like MS products, But, you all know why). First is this possible to do? We will be using a Zotac ITX motherboard with a 2.2 dual processor or better. Memory is not an issue either, can run to to 8 Gigs. This will be so that the user can just switch from the VGA input on the Television to HDMI and on the VGA setting it will output Windows, and on the HDMI it will output Linux MCE.
Second will it be possible to set up Linux MCE to record TV in HiDef and what is the best Video card to use for this?
Third is that we want to use x10 products for security, home automation, etc... The reason for X10 is cost, it is easy to get and we will be able to sell it to apartment dwellers. Will Linux MCE support this? Also, if it will not is it possible to disable it in Linux MCE so we can run it on the Windows side?
Forth- Can Linux MCE play all types of video formats? I am guessing yes, but I don't know this.
Fifth- We will be installing a VNC app so the user can access their computer (network) from anywhere in the world.
Has anyone tried this, now these computers may be running other apps like Tivo server etc... also, it may be required to be recording video input and Television at the same time. This is so users may view and record from their home security camera, while recording television at the same time.
Now I am looking for answers and suggestions on what everyone thinks. If it can be done, and later set up to record 2 channels at the same time, it will be more valuable.
We are trying to squeeze this in the smallest box possible and have considered 2 motherboards etc... But we think with a little help we can shove it all into one box.
We are not trying to reinvent the wheel here, we are just looking to build a home server that will do it it all in one box.
Please if you have any suggestions, or questions, please contact me at: Me@rhonie.com