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I am getting ready to dive into the world of Linux for the first time and I am confused by the plethora of downloads out there. I was going through the list on the sticky threads about the free apps for your HTPC and there are so many that my head is spinning. Let's say I just put together a HTPC and was starting from scratch. I know I need to download Linux Ubuntu right? Then I install that and go find the drivers for my hardware, and hope they have Linux drivers. Then what? I am assuming I need to get an internet browser unless it is packaged with it like IE is with Vista right? So does anyone have a list of what you need from the beginning? I just downloaded XBMC for windows so I can play around with it on this computer before I do the HTPC install.

So here's what I'd like to see, and I know everyone has different preferences for the programs, but here goes:

1. Download Linux whatever you call it that will take up the least amount of space and be quickest to load when you turn it on.

2. Download__________ to do ________.

3. Download __________ to organize your DVD and CD collection by DVD cover with movie data and description.

4. Download ________ to make everything work from your remote and you don't need a keyboard.

5. Download __________ to do ________.

6. Insert all of your movies and ________ will auto-rip them to storage and find all the data for the movie.

7. I am a _______ for asking questions like this and you want to ______ me and my family.
 

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I'm sure this could apply to Windows users as well, though with the wide variety of solutions folks here have come up with it may not really be practical.
 
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