Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Dec 2010 17:38 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes First of all: the entire OSNews team would like to wish you a very merry Christmas. Even if you're not religious, there's always porn on the internet, right? Anywho, these wishes are a bit tardy, but that's because I've been fighting a battle with my computer the past few days trying to find a way to record Minecraft footage so I could make a Christmas wish from inside my creations - a losing battle, so it would seem. So, for Christmas, I have two OSNews Asks items for you to ponder. First, help me record Minecraft footage. Second, and this is of more practical use to myself and probably others as well, help me to set up an automatic backup solution that backs up the contents of one folder on an external hard drive to another external drive.
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RE[2]: omgminecraft
by DeadFishMan on Sun 26th Dec 2010 01:56 UTC in reply to "RE: omgminecraft"
DeadFishMan
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2006-01-09

It sometimes has to double as a media centre. Since Linux still doesn't have decent audio and graphics stacks, Linux is simply not an option.


This is... weird. You're surely aware that Moovida, XBMC and its offsprings (Boxee, etc.) are available on Linux as well as Windows. And I am assuming that it either works - as in everything works for the intended use case! - or it does not - as in, some critical piece of driver is missing like audio or video which is kinda rare these days. The driver missing some functionality available only on the Windows version? Sure, it saddens me to say that it still happens. But to not work suitably for playing sound and/or video at all? Unlikely.

I have a crappy Intel integrated graphics chipset that despite its bad driver works decently with XBMC. No frame drops, no tearings, no lags whatsoever even with Full HD video and you can't possibly get much worse than that in Europe as far as I know. There are also plenty of options that will let you setup a UPnP streaming media server for your LAN on the same machine for free in case you have a PS3, XBox 360 or some other DLNA-capable device at home.

So, unless you're doing something unusual with your set up, Linux based HTPC software should suit just fine on a machine that needs to double as a media center and a file server of sorts with all the richness that the standard UNIX utilities - think cron & rsync for your particular case - provides.

I understand your bias towards Windows but to state that Linux falls short as a media center system sounds a bit far fetched, don't you think? Specially when taking into account that it serves as base for several commercial HTPC solutions available in the market today...

Edited 2010-12-26 01:59 UTC

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RE[3]: omgminecraft
by Lennie on Sun 26th Dec 2010 10:26 in reply to "RE[2]: omgminecraft"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Two possibilities:
1. Thom already tried that and it didn't work for some reason
2. Thom can't be bothered to try that because he is busy doing other things and as it already works he has very little reason to change anything

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RE[4]: omgminecraft
by DeadFishMan on Sun 26th Dec 2010 15:49 in reply to "RE[3]: omgminecraft"
DeadFishMan Member since:
2006-01-09

Two possibilities:
1. Thom already tried that and it didn't work for some reason
2. Thom can't be bothered to try that because he is busy doing other things and as it already works he has very little reason to change anything


I am not suggesting that he should go out of his way to change an existing (and working) setup for something that might or might not work for him. That would have been a waste of time, indeed. My peeve was with the assertion that 'Linux audio and graphics stacks are a mess' and therefore it is not an option for a HTPC. While the driver situation is far from ideal, no arguments there, the existing solutions are serviceable enough to the point that a lot of people are happy with their MythTVs, Boxees, XBMCs, Roku Boxes, etc.

If this statement were coming from Walt Mossberg which, despite what he might think about himself, is as clueless as a doorstep then it would be somewhat understandable but as one of OSNews editors, Thom should definitely know better that that.

Now for the sake of an argument, let's say that Thom did change his HTPC to a Linux-based solution and that it meets his needs properly as far as the media center part is concerned. Then he could simply setup a rsync job in cron to handle his backup to some other location easily - a five minutes task, if that - or install something like GRSync, Sparkleshare or Back in Time if using a GUI is what floats his boat. The possibilities are virtually endless there...

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