I've got a HTPC I'm trying to setup with xbmc however under the newest ubuntu it doesn't seem to work correctly. X will randomly drop out and reset itself and other things are flaky too. When seeking help its pretty much dead end as none of the devs or anyone with real knowledge of the system hang around online, and the wiki is largely out of date.
Instead I've decided to install something I know and know well - Gentoo - and then stick on xbmc over the top, at least this way I'll be able to get the help of the gentoo community, who are amazing.
Onto my problem:
Its a HTPC..... Gentoo can involve lots of compiling, and while the system is a nice powerful system, it is going to have issues I think trying to compile everything I want and where possible I'd like to not heat it up too much
The answer I came up with is cross compiling on my two other systems. I'm trying to use icecream for the cross compliation as detailed in : http://dev.gentoo.org/~rane/icecream.xml
however all I ever see is all the jobs going to the local machine.
 16:18:52: handle_local_job 137
 16:18:52: handle_local_job_done 137
 16:18:52: handle_local_job 138
and the slave never gets any:
tim@Musha ~ $ tail -f /var/log/iceccd
 16:12:50: scheduler is on 192.168.1.252:8765 (net )
 16:12:50: scheduler not yet found.
 16:12:53: reconn Node Name: Musha
Current kids: 0 (max: 5)
cpu: 937 idle, 0 nice
load: 0, icecream_load: 0
memory: 0 (free: 1233)
I don't know what else to try. I'm hoping someone here has used Icecream and has some ideas about what I've missed...
/etc/profile has been updated on both systems:
If I set the number of jobs that the "Master (64bit system) can run to 0, the
 16:54:44: no job stats - looking at MushaV2 load: 273 can install: x86_64
 16:54:44: no job stats - looking at Musha load: 32 can install:
 16:54:47: no job stats - looking at MushaV2 load: 405 can install: x86_64
 16:54:47: no job stats - looking at Musha load: 32 can install:
Showing it thinks that Musha (the slave) cannot run anything, and that the Master can ONLY do 64bit, it wont cope with i686....