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I am a noob to this Linux thing, so I have no idea what I am doing.

But I was wanting to install (or try too) use Linux on my HTPC. Want to be able to download torrents, play back all types of media files (audio and video) also play back Blu-ray disks.

What do I need, in the way of programs, or what would the best version of Linux be?

Do I need to start learning or have any programming skills? Becoz I have non ATM. I am willing to give it a try and learn.

Cheers for ya help, I think wth.gif
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Any Linux would work. If you're new to it you should start with something along the lines of Ubuntu, Mint, or Mint Debian Edition.


As to programs;

# XBMC

http://xbmc.org/

# Regarding BluRays

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/BluRay

# Torrent Clients

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/List_of_Applications#BitTorrent_Clients


You can look up how to install them for the specific distribution you choose.
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+1 to mint 14 (I like cinnamon)
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Thanks a million for that.

So after looking and reading a very little I am downloading the Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" - Cinnamon (64-bit).

I take it I would need the 64bit version, similar to windows, because I am running 4+Gb of ram?


The computer this is going on, has a wireless Logitech mouse and keyboard, should this be any issue?
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I take it I would need the 64bit version, similar to windows, because I am running 4+Gb of ram?

Not necessarily, but it's good to have any ways. Mint is a distribution that comes default with a PAE ( Physical Address Extension ) kernel, so even the x86 version will accept more than 4Gb of RAM. But x86_64 is still the better choice ( at least, in my opinion ). So stick with what you chose tongue.gif
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The computer this is going on, has a wireless Logitech mouse and keyboard, should this be any issue?

Shouldn't be a problem, most wireless input devices usually work right away assuming they're RF devices and not BlueTooth or IR. Most of my wireless Microsoft / Logitech mice and keyboards work without a hitch.
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I had just set up my build Lian Mi with MInt last weekend, with both a wireless mouse and wireless keyboard with a laser trackball and it worked great. I switched to Vista (barf I know) though because my son (2.5 year old) likes to watch movies which are mostly on Amazon Instant and the unbox player allows me to download them so he doesn't have to stream them, as I only am able to get 3 MB/s download speeds out in the sticks.

I highly recommend XBMC as it works great for Amazon and Hulu, and you can also get a very good netlix app.
nettflix install (Click to show)
terminal
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop

Again the only reason I switched to Vista was amazon unbox, and if they allow that to run on linux (or if someone figures it out in wine) then I will be immediately switching back.

The only annoyance I ran into was that the bezel on the bottom of my tv was covering part of the toolbar, simple fix to put it on the top and auto hide.
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I know you're not going to be happy but I think that Arch link paints an overly optimistic view on whether you can play blurays straight off the disc. I would highly recommend using MakeMKV to back them up onto a hard drive instead although there is a way that you could use MakeMKV to decrypt the blurays and feed that to a player IIRC but that is beyond me on being able to explain. But maybe you'll be luckier than me.
     
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I know you're not going to be happy but I think that Arch link paints an overly optimistic view on whether you can play blurays straight off the disc. I would highly recommend using MakeMKV to back them up onto a hard drive instead although there is a way that you could use MakeMKV to decrypt the blurays and feed that to a player IIRC but that is beyond me on being able to explain. But maybe you'll be luckier than me.

Mine plays them both ways with no problems ( aside from some of the newer movies, on disc ) tongue.gif
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Definitely Linux Mint. IMO it's the most suitable Linux distro for HTPCs.
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I've used MakeMKV to decode and stream to VLC...but it is a pain compared to just tossing a disk in and having it start playing. Plus MakeMKV costs like $50 (I used a trial) and buying software on Linux just feels wrong. It is more expensive, but in the long run you'd probably be more happy with buying windows and Blueray player software (or just a stand alone Blueray player...then use linux and be happy)

The other option is to buy a ripper and just rip every Blueray you get first. This isn't really a viable option since if some one comes over with a movie we just don't have the time to do a two hour rip job...though you can do a raw mt2s copy of it in about 45 minutes...depending on your hardware, but technically you shouldn't do that unless you own it.
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