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Aug 09, 2010, 14:17 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jamie Lendino)

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"Granted, a lot of the fun is thanks to the hobbyist nature of the OS, at least on the consumer end. There's also a distinct feeling of getting something for nothing—and in many cases, better performance than the paid options from Microsoft or Apple.

"On the other hand, though Linux-based projects are enjoyable, they can take up a lot of time, and they're not always that useful once finished. Think about it: In today's market, $500 can buy a pretty nice Windows 7 desktop machine with an HDMI port and a wireless card. It wouldn't be much of a gaming box. But you'd have a pretty slick setup for your HDTV—one that's capable of storing all your media files, and one that's much easier to troubleshoot when something goes south.

"Even so, choosing Linux offers a number of advantages. In this article, we're going to show you how to build a Linux-based media center that acts as a music, video, and photo server for your entire house. It will display video on a large-screen TV without a hitch. Most importantly, coupled with MythTV, the system will record TV shows and act as a genuine DVR. This last point is key, because many so-called "media center" setups don't actually do this, and just exist to play standalone media files or stream video from the Web."

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