Almost two years ego (gee! time flies!), I posted a question here about lightweight computers (or thin clients) and LinuxMCE. I was then answered that (with the HW that was available then) they will not be of much use. However, since then there has been quite a revolution in the area of lightweight computers. So I am asking again: How about Nvidia ION based computers? will they do as Core, MDs, or Hybrids (and which of these?), I would also like to know what do you think about the TI beagleboard as an orbiter?
Also, in the replies to my old post, I was advised not to use wireless LAN for my LinuxMCE network. Is this still the recommendation (that is to use wireline ?) Or with the stronger and faster Wireless cards that are now available, you do approve of wireless?
We use Atom/Ion based Hybrid Core's for small portable demo systems with say 1-2 MD's attached. The biggest issue with Atom based Core's is the regen process which taxes these CPU's quite heavily.
If you offload media storage and serving to a NAS then Atom/Ion Core's can be very effective for small systems is our experience. We sometimes use HomePlug 200Mbit LAN adapters in customer installs where there is no easy way to run CAT5 cabling. Apart from the unpredictability of house wiring for use with HomePlug the other thing to keep in mind is that using more than 2 MD's with this type of LAN connection is usually pushing your luck and so we never install more than that number even if the wiring is of perfect quality.
Hope this helps.
All the best