Originally Posted by waterhead
You sound like a troll.
You talk more about windows than anything else. But this is the Linux section. If you want advice on actual support for your hardware, post your specs. Otherwise shut up!
Nice, mature much? I was just highlighting Linux shortcoming which are plenty.
As I said, My Tuners are not supported. If you MUST know, Visiontek ATI 650HD PCI is not supported (No Drivers). I suppose if I kept searching I may find somebody that wrote their own driver like somebody has for some Hauppauge/PCTV USB Tuners. The other is a V-Boxx Cat's Eye 150, they no longer make PCI or PCIe cards, but the last Vista driver works, Windows 7 will automatically download it, when you click "Update Driver". No Linux driver exist.
So at minimum that would mean investing in a new capture card. I don't think that's worth it. As I said I believe AMD/ATI have nailed PQ especially with SD content on their old tuners. The cheapest card that appeals to me is the AVerTV ComboG2 (No Linux drivers). One supported by Linux is The Hauppauge HVR-1250 which seems to work better in Linux than it does in Windows (according to New Egg Reviews), cost $55. Even if I wanted too (and have considered it) to upgrade my main tuner/capture card to PCIe version which gives me combo instead of a hybrid tuner I currently have, I can get a cheap 650HD PCIe for $40 which gives me combo tuners (One NTSC and One ATSC), I save $15. Again no Linux support but dead eye Windows support. I feel the better PQ is a trade-off vs compatibly with Linux .
Otherwise others are running XBMC on AMD APU's, no drama there, I am sure MythTV will work too.
My budget is limited and I am saving for much bigger things. I already spent $60 more than I wanted too on Friday and hope to get $40 of that back. Buying tuners for the sake of supporting Linux when my WMC machine works perfectly fine, save for the NIC but that's likely a quality control issue and the main board might get sent back, the first ASRock board was DOA.
I support Linux and Open Source software/Hardware. Trolls don't explain their positions as I just did, so keep that BS to yourself. I am not a Windows fan boy, but I don't buy into the Apple hype, not the Linux hype. I looked into MythTV because of the customization that's possible with it. However I found Internet TV (Streaming Content) problematic with MythTV. The program that was available wasn't easy to understand, XBMC is a better option.
XBMC does what Media Browser does, but adds some additional functionality that currently isn't in MB (But for Game Browser). I just rebuilt my HTPC and had problems with using Sysprep on WHS image, so for the time being I am building a new image just in case I can never get that image to work and delete that folder/client.
Linux is a great option if you're willing to live with some limitations and as I said its mostly with hardware. The money saved by not purchasing Windows would have been burnt up buying compatible hardware (Tuners). Nevermind that I bought W7 when MS was gong to disable the RC1/2 in late 2009, money already spent. I spent $200 ($300 total now) to build 4TB Server that could have been Linux but at the end of the day I wanted TV Archive and not configure Robocopy where it MIGHT work. WHS 2011 installed without issue, while I fooled around with Amahi and FreeNAS for Occupy Los Angeles, neither would work right. I could get FreeNAS to run in a VM, but not on the hardware available that was donated to OLA. I had problems installing Amahi. I got Ubuntu Server to work by following a detailed tutorial. But the learning curve is a bit high and we opted for WHS v1 instead.
I have an extra motherboard, I need a case, I will be experimenting with Linux while it leaves my main machines alone. Ubuntu and Mint don't support Atheros WiFI both times I tired to run it on my laptop. I don't need to explain myself but I just did.
So much for being a troll with almost 1,300 post since 2005.