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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Comment by sanone
by sanone on Fri 30th Oct 2009 12:34 UTC
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XBMC is the base of boxee and comes with it's own version of ubuntu and even a live distro. Check it out at

There is also a MythTV version of Ubuntu dubbed Mythbuntu which can be found here:

I really like xbmc (still use it on my xbox) so I recommend that one. It has all the features you requested (including no TV recording ;) ).

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RE: Comment by sanone
by righard on Fri 30th Oct 2009 12:48 in reply to "Comment by sanone"
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He really did say anything Ubuntu based was out of the question.

I myself have set up I nice HTPC with Arch Linux though it might be more work to set it up then Ubuntu or other more graphical based distrobuttions.

For read/write support with ntfs partitions check out ntfs-3g (If your going for Arch Linux; it's available in there repositories.)

Boxee is available in Arch'es AUR

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RE[2]: Comment by sanone
by bralkein on Fri 30th Oct 2009 15:55 in reply to "RE: Comment by sanone"
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I'm planning on building an Arch Linux based media centre too. I think that Arch is perfect for these types of job (though I am a committed Arch fan, full disclosure etc.) since you can easily custom-build a lightweight, up-to-date system from scratch but I probably would hesitate to recommend it to someone who isn't very familiar with Linux in general. You will be expected to use the command line, edit text files and all that stuff.

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