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    Hi. I have an ASUS Nettop that I'm going to use as a HTPC.
    Which operating system is best for HTPC Windows or Linux? If Linux, which distro? I'm also looking at what software I will need to go with it. I think anti-virus would be necessary?? since I'm doing the film downloads from the HTPC as well as light browsing. Aswell as this are there any other must-have or recommended software for a HTPC (media players, etc, etc)?

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    Re: htpc OS and Application recommendations

    For Linux, MythTV.

    For Windows, XP or 7 with MediaPortal and the SAF codec pack on their forums. MS Security Essentials for antivirus.

    I'm assuming your downloaded films are all legal.

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    Re: htpc OS and Application recommendations

    Have a look at MediaPortal, although it might be a bit big and heavy if you are just playing local content. it comes into its own if you have multiple clients and a central server for TV and media.

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    Re: htpc OS and Application recommendations

    I tried Mediaportal for a while but I ended up finding the interface and stability of Windows Media Centre 7 to be better for day to day use. Though Mediaportal is much more adaptable.

    Windows > linux if you're planning on playing blu-rays, they're just not supported under an open source platform because of all the licensed copy protection.
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    Re: htpc OS and Application recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    SAF codec pack on their forums. MS Security Essentials for antivirus.

    I'm assuming your downloaded films are all legal.
    MS SE? Would you really recommend it for a HTPC I was going to go with Avira since it is more secure and light-weight.
    Yes my downloads are legal!

    Mediaportal... So would this be used as a library for the movies?

    Is Windows Media Player the preferred player on HTPC?

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    Re: htpc OS and Application recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by smush View Post
    MS SE? Would you really recommend it for a HTPC
    Yes, and in fact for any PC really - even netbooks.
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    Re: htpc OS and Application recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by smush View Post
    MS SE? Would you really recommend it for a HTPC I was going to go with Avira since it is more secure and light-weight.
    Yes my downloads are legal!

    Mediaportal... So would this be used as a library for the movies?

    Is Windows Media Player the preferred player on HTPC?
    MS SE is lightweight, and keeps right out of the way. I've got Kaspersky on my HTPC at the moment, at first opportunity it's coming off and being replaced with MS SE.

    Mediaportal is used as a library, a front-end, and player.

    Download the Moving Pictures plugin as well, and it will automatically tag all of the films with appropriate info, images, plot summaries and so on.

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    Re: htpc OS and Application recommendations

    Would have said Kaspersky was a no no on a HTPC anyway .
    Anyway, I shall have a look at the mentioned software and maybe give MS SE a go.

    Thanks for the recommendations.

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    Re: htpc OS and Application recommendations

    Well, I had a license for it going spare so it made sense at the time.

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    Re: htpc OS and Application recommendations

    True. Don't know if it's possible but could have saved it for when a license on another machine expires.

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    Re: htpc OS and Application recommendations

    Nah, it was time-limited so a use it or lose it scenario

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