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Morpheus

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Another Newb in the midst
« on: March 09, 2010, 05:04:17 am »
Hi all,

I've been looking at the LinuxMCE project over the last 2 years and sort of finally decided to take the plunge.

My experience comes in the form that I've been using OpenSuse, and Fedora Core over the last few years at home and have also dealt with both SCO Unix and *BSD in the past, so hopefully it shouldn't be too difficult to implement - more a time factor lol.

I'm looking into building a core only machine, mainly as it will be residing in the rack I have.  Initially I planned to stick the components in a 1u chasis, though this is where I'm starting to think I may hinder myself, as it will only have one expansion slot available via riser card.  I'm looking to the guru's on the project to advise the best way to achieve this.  From what I see, I could feasibly go with the 1u and still have access to TV tuners, though of course these would need to be the USB variety, is there any performance issues with using the USB equivalents?

At present, I have a fair amount of PC related hardware, though I must admit, my AV equipment is a little outdated, most of which will need upgrading.  As this will take time, I'm looking into developing it slowly, initially with the core, then an MD to playout to a 22" HDMI TV, once that's running and I can convince the better half to let me shell out for some new equipment, hopefully all will be good lol.

At the moment I have an Intel Celeron 2.1 with 1GB of mem that I'm looking at using as a test machine (Until I get the core hardware), hopefully this will help for me to become a little familiar with the system.  My plans are to primarily, make use of the central repository for media, and later make use of the other functionality.  I've worked with asterisk in the past, so the telehpony side of things looks good.  I'll also be wanting to look into the home automation side, as well as the security (since to me these go a little hand in hand).

What would your suggestion be, I've found both a 1u chasis, and a 3u chasis, both of which will fit in the rack, though obviously the latter has space for 4 expansions, rather than just the one via riser.

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Re: Another Newb in the midst
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2010, 07:27:45 am »
Hello and welcome :)

Sounds like your a fairly experienced linux guy, so ill just throw out some general points to consider.

im hardly a guru, just thought I would say hello and welcome...which ive said 2x...

Anyways, the larger (3u in this case, no pun intended) would be what I would choose for a core system. gives you the space to centralize a bunch of stuff allowing for minimal media director installs. The wiki is also a usefull place to see what others are using currently. There is a whole section dedicated to user setups to help you get a feel for the different devices, av equipment and home automation configurations there are.

Lastly, dont fight it. Im not a very experience linux person (lmce was\is my 1st experience) but from what I understand, there is a lot of custom 'plumbing' done under the hood so things that would go a certain way in a particular distro may not be the way linuxmce works under the hood. The wiki and irc as well as the forums are your best friend :)

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Re: Another Newb in the midst
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2010, 04:54:25 pm »
Thanks for the enthusiastic welcome golgoj4.

That's exactly what I was thinking, the 3u would be the better option :D, I've been screwing around with 8.10 for the better part of bout 3 weeks, so I'm getting there with understadning my way around the system, just a shame I don't have enough devices to implement lol, but hey ho, the Roman Empire wasn't built in a day.

The advanrage is, that I'll be porting the HDD's from my test system to the core, so at least I've already done some work.

I've looked around both forums and the wiki for the past month and seen the various setups that people have, I've based most of the core around this, and I've seen that people suggest that 4GB of memory for the core is overkill, so I've shortened that to 2GB.

There's just so much that I'd like to do now, and if time and money wasn't a factor, I would lol, but such is life.  Also to any of those involved in the project, time is usually something I have enough of, it's the money factor that changes, but I'd be willing to help out with areas if it's wanted.

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