[olug] Very general question....

SndChaser sndchaser at cerebralrift.org
Thu Dec 15 16:21:18 UTC 2011

So, last weekend I was in Sol's and found an Acer Aspire X1200 
(http://bit.ly/s6Oq2O) sitting on a shelf without a price tag on it.  
The thing I noticed about it is that it has an eSATA port in addition to 
it's HDMI port.  So, I pulled it off the shelf and put it on the counter 
and asked one of the guys "how much?"  They came back with a price of 
$200 for everything (computer, keyboard, mouse, and monitor).  I managed 
to talk 'em down a bit more and went ahead and bought it.  After 
cleaning it up (cleaning the heat sink, blowing out the dust, and 
washing the case thoroughly), I set it up in my living room and started 
playing with it: upgraded the firmware, and grabbed a live XBMC disk...  
Everything is running like a top on it: video is working well, audio is 
perfect, etc.

So, here's the situation / question: I am planning on making this a 
permanent Media Center.  I'm going to get a 60G SSD for it, get my RAID 
set up (eventually) and install something.  That's the question: what 
should I install?  So far it seems like XBMC, MythTV, and Boxee are the 
three primary choices.  But does anyone have any specific 

I'm currently leaning towards XBMC on top of Arch, but I am definitely 
wide-open to suggestions.


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Or at least, the words of your mama.

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