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Old 12-12-2012, 01:24 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone!

In the past few months I returned from a mision trip. Before I left I had set up a mythTV box, it was pretty sweet, but at this point extremely out of date (has been sitting since august 2010), and my needs/desires have changed. What I want to do now is turn the box into a more strictly internet based device, whereas with mythTV I was using TV tuners to record live TV etc, I now only want to use it for streaming pictures, videos, music, hulu, netflix, youtube etc. I know that netflix for example is going to require using wine or something like that, and I've found that it is available for ubuntu. My preferred distro is Fedora, but I don't mind other distros. What is available that is a light frontend that offers these features, and/or the tweakability to get netflix running through this? Also, what remote control would you recommend for compatibility - I want this to be sleek and non-intrusive...? I finish finals this week and want to get all of this going during the break

Note I'll be wanting to run a fileserver in the background for home backup etc.

Thanks for your input!

Old 12-13-2012, 04:51 AM   #2
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Arch w/ Openbox is light and allows you to control all options.
Old 12-13-2012, 06:12 AM   #3
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I just read around a bit about Netflix and from what I can gather it works, just, under WINE if your PC is fast enough and you've a recent enough version of WINE. Personally I'd not rely on being able to use Netflix under Linux at all.
This site claims it works though, so perhaps I'm overly pessimistic:
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"netflix running "

I never could get netflix to work.
Old 12-14-2012, 04:25 AM   #5
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There is a relatively new package out there pulls together all the needed settings and dependencies to get Netflix running. It is in the ARCH aur "netflix-desktop'. I have it running on two of my machines with no issue.


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