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    Ubuntu HTPC Suggestions

    Android seems to be the rage these days and I see a ton of these under $100 Android boxes that can be used as a HTPC ( eg http://www.amazon.com/G-Box-Midnight...2&keywords=nuc )

    I'm just wondering, is there a similar type of device that I can install Ubuntu on as that is my OS of choice. I would also like to be able to use it as a cheap PC and have VLC installed.

    Thank you

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    Re: Ubuntu HTPC Suggestions

    I suggest XBMC as an easy HTPC frontend. I know you wanted to use VLC but with XBMC you can play pretty much anything, and it stores a database of your movies/tv shows/music etc with a list of information relating to the video such as director/star ratings/actors/synopsis and it's fairly customisable too, and snappy!

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    Re: Ubuntu HTPC Suggestions

    Thanks bsf, I should have clarified, XBMC will be the frontend, but I do need VLC on whatever device I do end up buying for a function outside of XBMC.

    I just can't seem to find a cheap Ubuntu box that I can buy for this function.

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    Re: Ubuntu HTPC Suggestions

    Not sure if I'm allowed to post external links here but these are available in AUD for cheap and not bad (copied from another forum)..

    Case: Silverstone ML03 - $75 Note that this case only supports low profile (half-height) expansion cards
    PSU: Corsair VS350 ATX - $39
    CPU: Intel Celeron G1610 - $45
    Alternatively, for a little extra grunt, Intel Pentium G2020 – $65.00
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 Pro3-M – $62
    RAM: Corsair VS2GB1333D3 2GB (1x2GB) DDR3 - $22
    HDD: WD Blue 500GB - $59
    GPU: Intel HD Graphics at 650MHz
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/BEBS SATA DVDRW - $22
    TV Tuner: Leadtek WinFast DTV Dongle Gold - $29
    Total: $353

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