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Hey guys

i had a i3 2100 spair . OS i have decided to build a HTPC.

Just ordered a ASRock H61M-ITX board and 8 Gig DDR3

. What would be the Best OS to run on it . Thinking a Linux or Win 7. I currently have the 1st Gen Ebox set up at home as a Download/file server that this will replace as well. I have win 7 on this. I can remote to happily to via RDC .

Is there any decent linux distro that i can do the same with . And have the RDC function that is as secure as RDC in win 7 .

Or run linux and have a VM of Win 7 for RDC in to on it ??

Or would Windows Home sever be better . I have MSDN so not an issue for any Microsoft OS's:)
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post #2 of 13
Do not use WHS for the HTPC, it does not have any media center capabilities.

Me personally, I use Windows 7 on both my HTPC's and it works great for me (HDTV, PVR, Netflix, HULU and ripped DVD's)
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post #3 of 13
Agreed, do not use Windows Home Server. Not truly optimized for all the video capabilities, oriented more for media servers rather than HTPC's.

I've used Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate on my HTPC, both work perfectly on Youtube, Hulu, ripped DVD's and Blurays.
   
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post #4 of 13
I use Fedora on my HTPC although any distro can work well. The only disadvantage is the lack of Netflix (and some other Silverlight based services) that need to be viewed in a Windows VM. I use Linux so that my HTPC can also serve as a file server.
Edit: Blurays can also be a headache in Linux so I use makemkv to rip them to a hdd and then watch them. Makemkv can stream the discs directly but it is a pain.
Edited by mdatmo - 11/29/11 at 6:24am
 
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I ran a HTPC with Windows XP because it was snappier than W7... Its just playing movies, well mine did... Had 4gig of RAM (3.5 usable) and HDMI out from the board... Core 2 duo E6750, stock...

I ran Boxee. Added the Netflix app, and have a NAS that has all of my movies in Divx form... Ran great...

Is used this mini keyboard, because I needed it rechargeable and back lit and a glide point controller.

Took it offline, my Xbox 360 can now see my NAS....wink.gif(DNS-321)

So many non-PC media boxes out now... a HTPC is so last year... for me at least...
Edited by Joeteck - 11/29/11 at 6:29am
    
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post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys for all the input. I want to use the box for all my server needs as well/ File,Print,Media poss VPN
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post #7 of 13
Print server? Just print directly to the printer... If its USB, get a USB to RJ45 converter... Fileserver can be done with a NAS. Media, also a NAS... VPN at the router...rolleyes.gifthumb.gif
    
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post #8 of 13
There's always XBMX Live/openelec.
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post #9 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by raiderxx View Post

There's always XBMX Live/openelec.



No NETFLIX support...thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
    
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post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joeteck View Post

No NETFLIX support...thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

*shrug* OP never mentioned the need for Netflix.. And the OP also mentioned using linux, and Netflix will not work with Linux (yet).
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