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I am using XBMC for Ubuntu 10 on my Acer Aspire Revo 1600 but I'm just wondering what else is out there and if anybody recommends something better? Also, if XBMC is indeed the king of HTPC software, which skin do you recommend?
    
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post #2 of 18
If you mean mediaplayer. I say VLC it's good for everything.
Although I prefer using mediamonkey (windows) or Songbird(Linux) for my music just because it's easier to organize my 320 GB of music with them lol
     
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post #3 of 18
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I mean media players that offer the full functionality of XBMC ;D
Transmitting information for you on each TV show, Movie, Music and organizing it all nicely.

I agree though, VLC is my favorite for watching on my PC. But for my HTPC in the entertainment room I have my iPhone hooked up as a remote for my HDTV and don't use a keyboard or mouse.
    
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post #4 of 18
I've tried quite a few others including Boxee and XBMC is certainly the king in my book. I haven't found anything that runs as smoothly thus far.
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post #5 of 18
Vlc is crap. In linux XBMC is your best bet and to be honest pretty much all front ends are a rip of XBMC. Personally I like Media Portal just b/c it is alot more configurable than xbmc. But once XBMC gets bitstreaming going I will be back on it (maybe(MP2 should be out by then)).
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post #6 of 18
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I agree, and Boxee is probably #2 in my books just because it's so easy to use but the lack of themes and the "loading" before each movie kinda annoys me. I think I might just be looking for a really good XBMC theme (that works!) for Ubuntu 10.
Edited by revlimiter - 4/15/11 at 4:13pm
    
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post #7 of 18
Off topic, but what TV tuner card do you use in Linux? I've been reluctant to get one because the last time I checked (years ago) support wasn't there yet.
 
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post #8 of 18
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I don't watch TV on my HTPC. Only media from my harddrives.
    
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post #9 of 18
XBMC doesn't play a couple of media types I have run into for which I usually use Windows Media Player Cinema but doubt Ubuntu can use that. VLC would be your next best bet for those sketchy type of files.

I honestly am not that experienced in XBMC just yet so I probably am not sure how to update codecs for it or something. Plan on getting all my DVDs on a drive here soon for XBMC play.
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I love xbmc's Aeon skin!
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