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So I'm a slackware fan but thought that was a bit much for a HTPC, so I gave ubuntu a shot. Not a fan of ubuntu at all really.

Either way, I got an SSD for the thing and an old second 8GB IDE HDD where I put swap and /var. Took some time setting it up and to this day have no idea how I got the audio working (I'm never used sound on a linux machine before), got some video players and... Well... Holy disappointed. It doesn't function well as a HTPC.

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AMD 4600+ 2.4GHz
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Nvidia 8800GT

Now that hardware did fine with windows, and with cccp played any media under the sun. I couldn't stump it. So I took some time with ubuntu, got many audio players, followed a few guides for getting codecs and what not but... The machine is horrible. Still only plays half my videos, has trouble with audio for others and... For the ones it DOES play, they're usually choppy as ****.

Is there an optimized HTPC linux distro that might include the best video player, and a collection of codecs already installed... In case I missed something? I have another HTPC I was going to put linux on as well but I gotta figure out how to get one working flawlessly before I mess with the other. Or say shag linux for a HTPC and put XP on these little ****s.

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It's not really "optimised" for HTPCs but XBMC have a linux distro, as well as linux and windows programs with 10 foot huds.
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It's not really "optimised" for HTPCs but XBMC have a linux distro, as well as linux and windows programs with 10 foot huds.
this
also sabayon is good for HTPC's
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It's not really "optimised" for HTPCs but XBMC have a linux distro, as well as linux and windows programs with 10 foot huds.
Getting XBMC Live as we speak and gonna go install it right away :-)

Fingers crossed...

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Greetz
I know you expected this, right? Since you already are familiar with Slackware and should realize that multiple packages (an entire directory full) can be installed with a single simple command
Code:
 installpkg *.tgz
maybe you might want to see just how easy it is to put XBMC on Slackware

http://slaxbmc.blogspot.com/2011/03/...-packages.html

Enjoy!
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this
also sabayon is good for HTPC's
Heh, I think Sabayon is good for everything. It is the only distro I use now days. Though I now run all servers on Windows. If I go back to linux for that I don't know if I'd use Sabayon for a web or ftp server...but it would probably do just fine.
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Greetz
I know you expected this, right? Since you already are familiar with Slackware and should realize that multiple packages (an entire directory full) can be installed with a single simple command
Code:
 installpkg *.tgz
maybe you might want to see just how easy it is to put XBMC on Slackware

http://slaxbmc.blogspot.com/2011/03/...-packages.html

Enjoy!
Actually, I was going to put slackware on the machine before I even heard about xbmc but the machine has an SSD and an old IDE HDD and during installation I couldn't figure out how to get slackware to recognize the SSD. I'm sure it's something simple but I was to excited to get the ball rolling on the HTPC and never gave any effort to finding a solution.

Now I have a 30GB SSD with a 100MB ext2 /boot and the remainder as ext3 /. The old IDE has 8GB and I alloted 3GB for swap and the remainder as XFS /var. I think I did a good job there but like I said, I din't know the way to find the SSD through fdisk or cfdisk.

Let me know and I'll gladly switch over from ubuntu to slackware! I'm still having trouble with the ubuntu xbmc HTPC. I run coaxial from the HTPC to a receiver and it seems if I have analog audio working, digital audio doesn't work and vice versa, when digital audio is working, analog isn't.

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maybe mythbuntu, mythdora or something similar?
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I have heard of mythbuntu.

However, I have Arch Linux and have XBMC installed, and it looks like XBMC is actually a really good HTPC program. However, it does lack a good web browser as far as I am concerned.

All the XBMC devs think that "XBMC is a media center, not a web browser" but I'd like to say that the Internet is a form of media. It's unfortunate they think that way.
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Thanks ghell and Rothen but I've really been enjoying xbmc as my program of choice.

Took me forever to get audio working properly though on linux itself. I think I got it now purely by days of trial and error. Next two things to do will be to switch from Ubuntu to Slackware. But first I need to find out how be able to use my mouse on my second screen while xbmc is running.

The more I mess with linux the more I find a simple issues or questions can have a TONNE of answers and everyone has their own opinion or idea of how to do things. What worked for maybe 99% of users probably won't work for you. This is a blessing, but also a disaster lol. Loves it!
    
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