I know "Which distro is best for me?" is asked about 39578 times a day, but I'm hoping this one might be unique enough to warrant a new topic:
I'm getting myself a new computer (should be arriving any day now...
), and I'd like to turn the old one into an HTPC - that is, a Home Theater PC. Basically this means I want to hook it up to my TV and stereo to use for MP3's, DiVX movies, and video game emulation. Here's the setup:
AMD Athlon 750 MHz (slot A)
Gigabyte 7IXE motherboard with AMD 750 chipset
384 MB PC133 ram (running at 100)
15 GB 5400rpm HDD
Generic GeForce2 MX400 64 MB with S-Video out
ESS 1969 sound card
Creative 4x2x24 CD-RW drive (don't need to burn anything, just want to ensure good media-reading compatibility)
Here's the features I'm looking for: included multimedia software (unlike Redhat...), easy Samba support (like Redhat...), and preferably Fluxbox/Blackbox or some other resource-light window manager included (of course I can always get these myself, but it'd be nice to have it right away).
Or...and don't flame me for asking...should I just throw Windows 98 or XP on there and be done with it? The reason I might do this is because my roommates, who are not computer-savvy and are used to Windows, will be using this box as well.