Originally Posted by newlinux
I've noticed the reduced activity, and I'm also nowhere near as active in these forums as I used to be, or in the ubuntu forums where I used to be really active. I try to help now and again but I just don't have the time I used to have. Also, I've learned a lot and I don't need the help I used to need in the beginning either (plus things are just easier and for the most part work once I've got them setup). Now I pretty much keep all my machines stable for 2 years and upgrade OS and software and maybe some hardware every 2 years (which I need to do this year). I don't constantly tinker with my HTPC setups anymore.
Now I spend more of my "hobby" time on home automation...
Reflects my situation, and I suspect many other veterans here.
It's a testament to how much better/stable things are vs the early 2000's in HTPC-land.
Yes, once you've "grown up"- you don't *want* to re-install more than once every year or two.
The Ubuntu A/V forums appear active- the more techie nature of Linux may cause many users to migrate to their distro forums.
There are also other good computer audio/server forums like hydrogenaudio, head-fi, welltemperedcomputer, computeraudiophile, etc
Most of my hobby time is now involved with audiophile clubs, and their focus is audio vs HT/video serving. Most of them use Mac Mini's with iPad's or Android tablets for control and library management. I have installed Ubuntu for several members on spare netbooks/notebooks/desktops when feasible.
For basic A/V playback, I've been buying up refurb Philips BluRay set top's with 3D, wifi and USB inputs for less than $40 shipped
They play 1080p mkv/avi/mp4 video files and MP3/aac/flac/AC3/DTS audio files from USB sticks, FAT32/NTFS USB hard drives, and burned DVD's, and commercial CD/DVD/BD's. Impossible to beat value in a disc/file 1080p media player for every TV in the house (4+).
So, most of my desktop PC time is spent with audio library management, A/V conversions and authoring, file server management, etc. Routine web use is now done on my C720 Chromebook or an Android 4.4+ tablet- I plan to try a new Bay Trail quad core unit-
with the hope that it will be able to run a future Ubuntu/Mint release, since it's "standard" PC hardware vs ARM.
I do plan to build another MythTV/XBMC HTPC for den HT with Qam tuners- I am lucky to have unscrambled basic digital cable (SD)- AE/SyFy/HIST/AMC/~80 channels plus locals in HD unscrambled.
I am typing this on my C720 Chromebook. I do plan to dual boot it with an Ubuntu variant soon (Bodhi 3.x)
Bodhi 3.0 has been patched to support all the C720 hardware. I'm hoping Ubuntu 14.10/Mint 18 will fully support the C720, and/or other distros like Puppy, etc.