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Only had a quick play so not noticed any performance differences, but the change logs sound encouraging.
I'm also quite liking XBMCbuntu. As much as I'm often critical of Ubuntu, one area I've always liked it was the speed and ease of install - something that matters the most when setting up a HTPC as you don't want to spend more time building and maintaining it than you do actually consuming content on there. So a 15min *buntu install with XBMC pre-bundled and ready to go is an appealing offer.

Anyone else use XBMC?
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I used to use it on an old HTPC I had, also used it way back on my hard modded xbox. Always was fun. May have to set it up again when I decide what I want to do for my new HTPC. ( been debating using an old ATX/775 Core2Quad mobo/cpu I have laying around, or grabbing an mATX for a smaller/slimmer case )

I agree with the Ubuntu part. As much as I'm not a fan of using it for my main machines, for a quick setup on an HTPC I think it would work nice to have a dedicated XBMC spin. May have to try it when I get decide what to do and get mine built again.
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I used to use it on an old HTPC I had, also used it way back on my hard modded xbox. Always was fun. May have to set it up again when I decide what I want to do for my new HTPC. ( been debating using an old ATX/775 Core2Quad mobo/cpu I have laying around, or grabbing an mATX for a smaller/slimmer case )
I agree with the Ubuntu part. As much as I'm not a fan of using it for my main machines, for a quick setup on an HTPC I think it would work nice to have a dedicated XBMC spin. May have to try it when I get decide what to do and get mine built again.

I don't know how old you old HTPC was, but XBMC has come a long way since the Xbox days (I have one of them running XBMC too - I know I'm preaching to the choir but i love my old xbox media centre biggrin.gif ).

The new XBMC is definitely worth a spin if you haven't tried it in the last 2 or 3 years.

The XBMCbuntu is also a LiveCD - just in case you need more encouragement wink.gif
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I played with it some time last year I think for a bit and enjoyed it ( though I was using this laptop during a car trip ), but it definitely has come a ways since the old xbox days. And my last HTPC was not too far after my xbox, lol. SO it had been a while.

Definitely will give the buntu spin a test.
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I'm running the unstable preview on my kubuntu right now and I can't figure out why they call it unstable or a preview...as much as everyone tells me SMplayer is the best thing to watch movies on I've always ended up with XBMC because it doesn't end up having crashes or frame rate issues like SMplayer does and I honestly think it looks just as good. Strangely there were some people complaining about 11 but I just chalk that up to the people who always complain about changes.
     
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I am VERY impressed by the new version of XBMC and I don't even have a HTPC biggrin.gif

Nor do I have a use for one but it almost convinced that I did haha
    
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Been using it now for a few days on my HTPC (got it set up after this thread started), loving it. Although I'm using Arch for it since the old drive I grabbed already had it installed. If I decide to wipe it, I'll throw on the XBMC Ubuntu spin.
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I am VERY impressed by the new version of XBMC and I don't even have a HTPC biggrin.gif
Nor do I have a use for one but it almost convinced that I did haha

HTPC's are nice. If you have an old spare motherboard laying around they make great ones. Just grab a decent HTPC case for ~$100 so you can throw it into a tv stand and you'r ein business. Mines just an old HP media PC with a Core2Quad which is almost overkill for it, lol.
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