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Experience with Linux = 0

I'm also worried about wireless performance, apparently Linux sucks with wireless connections?
    
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Experience with Linux = 0

I'm also worried about wireless performance, apparently Linux sucks with wireless connections?
Wireless performance is typically the same; largely problems you see related to wireless deal with lack of good driver support.
 
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depending on your wireless card you migth have to jump through a hoop or two to get it working but those are mostly obscure chips... even broadcom (kinda infamous for bein a pita) is getting better

more often than not, the result is actually better connectivity with linux

and if you have no linux experience, use Mint or something, its based off of ubuntu without that "gives you system crash nightmares" part, and its actually easier to use
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depending on your wireless card you migth have to jump through a hoop or two to get it working but those are mostly obscure chips... even broadcom (kinda infamous for bein a pita) is getting better

more often than not, the result is actually better connectivity with linux

and if you have no linux experience, use Mint or something, its based off of ubuntu without that "gives you system crash nightmares" part, and its actually easier to use
Cool, Linux Mint looks good. I'll give it a try. If I don't like it, I can use something else! What has this build got to lose, anyway!
    
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Greetz
You'd probably enjoy trying MythTV/Multimedia. There are even some dedicated LIVE CD/DVD distros you can try before installing. Here's a menu peek


Full wiki here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MythTV

also, you may want to see this http://www.kdenlive.org/ since it too has LIVE distro support and some include Myth as well.

Caveats - If you have any modern nVidia video card or a few certain ATi models and either a known supported wifi card or better, a wireless access point such as those used for gaming that connect to a NIC at your PC and go wireless with no need for drivers.....
it will be a breeze. If not, there are pitfalls requiring a little work to get around.

Incidentally the complaints you hear or read about for wifi is because manufacturers often don't provide their own Linux drivers and switch out chipsets (and therefore drivers) like you change your socks. Contact rookie1337 or me about wireless APs. They have many benefits including browser based setup and control.
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So, I should look into a wireless adapter for this build?
    
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So, I should look into a wireless adapter for this build?
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There are numerous onboards and addon cards that work fine automatically with Linux but one cannot just go by brand/model at least without noting Revision Number, because they change chipsets routinely, and ultimately it is the chipset that gets "driven".

What I was referring to is a sort of reverse router but most work in several modes. Here is an example of what I have used for a few years exactly because it needs no drivers at all and the setup application is in browser, just like most routers.




The above unit is just one example of many and it is a sort of "swiss army knife" that can operate in 3 different modes and designed with travelling in mind. Example - a hotel room with a wall ethernet socket can beam wireless throughout one or several rooms. Or, it can connect a single laptop/pc with a NIC ethernet port to an existing wiif network. So it depends on what you want to do as some for example are made for LAN parties or connecting several devices at home or office. Check around and see what you'd like. They range from around $35 US to well over $100 for "hardened" mission critical varieties.
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Excellent recommendation, enorbet!

+rep to you.
    
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