Originally Posted by damgar
... I like the idea of a Harmony. Are there downloadable configurations for something like a slack+xbmc setup?
It all depends on what MCE remote you get the IR receiver for. You could get lucky, like I did, and get one that both XBMC from SlackBuilds.org and the Harmony software have configurations available for. If not, you'll need to use the learning feature of the Harmony remote to load the IR codes of the remote that came with the receiver. This
is the one I bought, though it was quite a bit cheaper when I did, likely because it was still only labelled as "Windows Vista Certified". The one downside to using a Harmony remote is that if you get one that isn't compatible with concordance you'll need to have some kind of Windows installation available, either on a VM capable of accessing physical USB devices or a full physical box, because you can only program it using Logitech's software or website.
EDIT: If you do end up getting that one I can save you a bit of time by sending you my lircd.conf, since generating one is the most tedious part of setting up LIRC.