Hunting for the Perfect Linux Media Center

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2005-12-30 Print this article Print

Analysis: A Linux-based drop-in replacement for WMC 2003. Is that so much to ask? (

Over at NewsForge, Jay Lyman does a good job of explaining why HPs Media Hub, a Linux media system, came to nothing. He also talks with some analysts and people in the business about why Linux media centers havent appeared.
Thats all well and good, but Lyman doesnt ask the question I want to know the answer to: Why dont we have a good Linux Media Center PC program?
Click here to read about Microsofts Media Center strategy. So what if businesses dont support one yet; this is open source. Wheres the good free software media center? Windows has one, the Mac is getting one. What about us? Let me spell out what Im looking for. I want a drop-in replacement for Windows Media Center 2003. I want something that will not only let me watch DVD or video files on my computer, I want a program that will also serve as a DVR (digital video recorder), a la TiVo, and that will enable me to watch videos, no matter what their native format, from my networks hard drives on my Sony KD-34XBR960 34-inch HDTV monitor via a D-Link MediaLounge DSM-320 Wireless Media Player. If youre thinking to yourself, "But WMC cant do that," youre right. It cant. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Hunting for the Perfect Linux Media Center Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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