Many thanks for the answers.
Originally Posted by dbone1026
Windows 7 is your best bet. You need the correct hardware which would need to be one the following:
- Clarkdale/Sandy Bridge platform
- AMD 5XXX or 6XXX GPU
- NVidia 430 or 450 GPU
My plan is to go for low power. Hence the choice of AMD Fusion which should be fine for bitstreaming given the 6-series graphics.
I do have a spare copy of Win7 but my current reasoning is that keeping things as light weight as possible by avoiding the need to boot a full windows installation would be of benifit on Net-top class hardware (Zacate).
I'm after a set-top-box like experience (to keep the wife happy) with as fast a boot time as possible. Which is why I was thinking of XBMC Live.
Originally Posted by GreenEyez
1) This is on the way. In about 1 week Tiben will finish the DSCodec build that allows the usage of ffdshow audio decoder for bitstreaming. And yes, it requires Windows and a compatible GPU (Ati HD5xxx/6xxx series graphics card, Nvidia GT430, Intel HD Graphics or the new Zacate All-in-one chipsets from AMD (or Fusion). A native implementation without the usage of ffdshow will be implemented in XBMC upon the next release, Eden, but that will take some time (months). Will work on Windows and Linux (and Live) (no use for it under OS X, since there is not mac with a HD audio bitstreaming capable GPU atm)
4)Yes it does have that option
5)Don`t know, what usage would that have?
5) Resolution switching would enable unscaled video to be fed to an external scaler (DVDO Edge).
6) Damian: As a WHS guru do you have any ideas on Wake-on-LAN? With Windows I could just stick lights out on it. Are there any options for a Linux/Live installation that wouldn't tax a Linux noob too hard?