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 Thom_Holwerda
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 30th Oct 2009 14:54 UTC
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

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.

Big bummer.

Edited 2009-10-30 15:00 UTC

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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by moondevil on Fri 30th Oct 2009 15:14 in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

And the main reason why I am mostly on Windows nowadays on the desktop and leave Linux on the server room.

I would gladly be on MacOS X, if they weren't so expensive in Europe.

I am a Linux user since the kernel 1.0.9 days, and nowadays have more interesting things to do with my life that spending endless hours with such configuration issues, or broken releases. My desktop should just work.

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

If you want a desktop to just work, you should only use stable software, man.
People use testing software, which are advertized as testing software: for tests, which means: "please help us test this software, which probably is buggy" and then they complain that it does not work!
Man, if Windows development was open and they had a portal where you could download all their testing stuff, you would probably be crying!
People complain and they don't even use the bug tracking system.
Well, maybe linux is not for you. It's open and documented but if you can't read, it won't help you.

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RE[2]: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by Zifre on Fri 30th Oct 2009 21:30 in reply to "RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
Zifre Member since:
2009-10-04

Am I the only one who has never had any major problems with Ubuntu on the desktop? Windows gives me headaches all the time. Various apps will crash the system, I get constantly high CPU usage that overheats my laptop, the UI seems very inconsistent (once you have apps from all over the place), and I find it to be very unintuitive compared to Ubuntu. A Mac would be nice, but they're ridiculously expensive.

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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by spiderman on Fri 30th Oct 2009 15:17 in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

Did you try the vesa driver then?

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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by phoenix on Fri 30th Oct 2009 20:44 in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

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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