[olug] htpc's was: All-in-one computers

Jeff Hinrichs - DM&T jeffh at dundeemt.com
Tue Jan 29 00:10:59 UTC 2013

We use the holy heck out of XBMC all over the house.  It serves as our
local media player and front-end to the mythbox.  As you said,
netflix/amazon don't run on it -- what a shame, but we have a Roku on each.
 So if you want to watch something local or recorded - XBMC, from a
streaming service - Roku.  I'd love to get it all on one but the local
media players for Roku are not that good and no mythbox support.

The NUC I just got (dual hdmi model) works pretty sweet and is very snappy
(i3 +hd4000)  I put in a 8G stick and a 32GB mSata drive - a mickey mouse
power cord for the NUC and an HDMI cable and it came in at just under $400.
 The zotac was an option or building a  mini-itx all came in around $350
 -- for $50 more I got a wow piece and 0 config problems.  Just finished
getting things sorted out on the family room tv and the spousal approval
factor is high. (She already requested the same for the bedroom.)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: T. J. Brumfield <enderandrew at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM
Subject: Re: [olug] All-in-one computers
To: Omaha Linux User Group <olug at olug.org>

I built a Linux based HTPC, but neither Amazon's service nor Netflix work
on it in Linux.

Boxee had a nice unified search, but no Netflix on the Linux build and
Boxee completely abandoned self-builders. XBMC doesn't have a unified
search across all content providers (last time I checked).

Now my TV has built-in apps for Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, etc. So does my PS3.
My HTPC gathers dust sadly.

Going back to the original subject, my primary objection to most All-In-One
PCs is that if you replace it, you're throwing that large display away.
That seems like a waste to me.

On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM, Jeff Hinrichs <dundeemt at gmail.com> wrote:

> Scratch Romulus.  Make that roku.  :-$
> Best,
> Jeff Hinrichs
> On Jan 28, 2013 4:23 PM, "Jeff Hinrichs" <dundeemt at gmail.com> wrote:
> > +1 next unit of computing, 4"x4", i3, with a  vesa mount.  Add ram &
> msata
> > drive.  Just setup an ubuntu 12.04 xbmc machine this weekend.  A little
> > pricey but 0 headaches and it's the size ~ of a Romulus box
> >
> > Best,
> > Jeff Hinrichs
> > On Jan 28, 2013 10:50 AM, "Bill Brush" <bbrush at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Has anyone installed Linux on a all-in-one?  My wife wants an
> >> or
> >> a very small case desktop but she also wants Linux because she likes
> >> immunity from 99% of malware.  Plus after using it for years she's as
> >> comfortable using it as she ever was Windows.
> >>
> >> We're looking at the Dells, but I'm not married to them yet.
> >>
> >> Bill
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