Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Oct 2009 12:07 UTC
Linux I'm in a bit of a pickle here. I have an Atom 330-based tiny computer which I use as my HTPC. It performed its job fine running Windows 7 and Boxee, and over the past few months, it ran Mac OS X Leopard with Plex. Now, however, I want to try Linux as an HTPC operating system, but I kind of ran into a roadblock there with Ubuntu 9.10 - so the question is: what is a good HTPC Linux distribution?
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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by phoenix on Fri 30th Oct 2009 20:44 UTC in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
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I'm quite confident that the problems I'm having stem from the Intel integrated video chip (GMA950 in my case). On the Ubuntuforums, people with integrated Intel chips are reporting problems with random freezes and crashes, both during normal use and during installation.

My god what an epic, epic fail. Intel's integrated video chips are ridiculously popular. It probably has something to do with the architecture switch in the Intel video driver.


I'm waiting for the price of nVidia ION systems to come down a bit, and then building my HTPC. So far, the Acer Revo looks just about perfect.

* Dual-core Atom 330 CPU @ 1.6 GHz
* 2 GB RAM
* 160 GB HD
* nVidia 9400M graphics onboard
* HD sound onboard
* VGA and HDMI output
* several USB 2.0 ports
* gigabit NIC onboard
* wireless N chipset on board

Comes with a VESA mount, so it can be mounted on the back of monitor/flatscreen. ;) Now to find one for less than $400 CDN.

All the reviews online show this setup (dual-core atom + nvidia 9400) capable of doing 1080p without hiccups, and only around 30% CPU usage.

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