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Old 07-02-2014, 10:27 PM   #1
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will linux work as htpc

wanted to know if anyone has used linux as htpc OS?
Also does it work with Netflix, hulu plus, xbmc, and slysoft and wondershare video converter, can it be used a server with a program like plex? Have tried using before, but I couldn't even get my avast to work, tried could figure out because there was two different programs for avast in two differnet formats for linux and I did'nt know the differnece.
If any one has links to using Linux as htpc, server platform can you post links so I can read, (would really like to replace that other company with more affordable platform)
I lost my computer to storm and looking to build new one now, also what is most user friendly version for htpc needs.
Any advice appreciated, I'm a real novice at linux
Old 07-02-2014, 10:57 PM   #2
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Regarding Avast, you really may not need an anti-virus on Linux; many experienced Linux usere don't use an AV because there are currently no Linux viruses in the wild and haven't been for years. I'm an exception--I do run one (AVG), but I couldn't get Avast to work either.

Netflix does not support Linux; it has to do with DRM. The others I can't speak to. You would probably learn more, more quickly, by entering "[service name] Linux]" in a search engine.

You might want to look into Myth TV, which is a DVR-like program for Linux.

If you have media files already, Linux can stream them quite nicely. The Arch Wiki has a nice article about that. The questions start to arise when you start to ask about commercial streaming services, where DRM becomes an issue. Because Linux is open and DRM is closed, issues arise.

Hope this helps a bit.

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Old 07-03-2014, 01:34 AM   #3
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I think you can find a lot of information on the net, for example this:
Here you can find three solutions:
and also you can try Openelec
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Netflix does not support Linux; it has to do with DRM.
No netflix doesn't support linux but you can get it working with compholio wine


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