Are there any suggestions for media centre that can be used on Ubuntu 10.10? I need a media centre which works as same as the Windows Media Centre, but I can drop the online shows =)

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    Windows Media Center can deal with TV-Tuner cards. Do you need that functionality? Maybe you should update your question.
    – pableu
    Oct 25, 2010 at 11:32

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You should take a look at Moovida Install Moovida

  • woah ! looks very nice , how can i install it using ppa? Oct 25, 2010 at 9:33
  • Just look for "moovida" in the Software Center, you'll be able to install it easily. Oct 25, 2010 at 9:39
  • hmm thx , gonna try it now Oct 25, 2010 at 10:13

I recommend XBMC (Ubuntu Install from PPA Instructions). It has options for a live-cd install, or can be installed as an application on Ubuntu. It is extremely configurable, but beautiful and functional out of the box. Of course, it has full LIRC support. It is skinnable, so can look like anything ranging from Windows Media Centre through to Apple's simplistic Front Row.

It supports "Series" information - put all your Grey's Anatomy episodes inside a "Grey's Anatomy" folder and tell XMBC that it's a TV show folder, XMBC will then scan the internet for information on the show, setting the folder up with a custom logo and cast information. Similarly for any movies you have digital copies of.

It also support VDPAU, which will give Nvidia card owners full hardware acceleration. This is crucial for boxes like the Acer Revo (Google product search), which features Nvidia's ION chipset - without VDPAU support, that device's Atom processor wouldn't be capable of 1080p output.

It doesn't integrate any form of live TV to my knowledge, so if you need to integrate your tv-tuner card, then you're better of with perhaps MythTV or Mythbuntu instead.

  • I tried MythTV over a year ago and ran away screaming after seeing how I had to be a technical genius to configure the TV tuner card - there were all kinds of parameters to be set, I have no idea. Has MythTV gained some sort of tuner-plug-and-play in the meantime? Feb 16, 2011 at 16:19
  • Like you, I'm not a MythTV fan. But it's one of the few options if you want TV integration.
    – Scaine
    Feb 16, 2011 at 16:41

Why not Boxee? You can find it here, download is possible after registration, both 32 and 64 bit debs are available.

  • Last time I checked, they had a version that has dependencies that are not in Ubuntu 10.10. But there is a solution in their forums! Boxee is imho the best mediacenter.
    – sBlatt
    Oct 25, 2010 at 10:28
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    Yeah, absolutely the best, even if it requires a good computer. I don't know about Maverick compatibility, with Lucid and before everything was fine. I will give it a try.
    – skalka
    Oct 25, 2010 at 10:30
  • You can find a deb modified by me here (ubuntuone.com/p/M9n), you can install it on Maverick, on my pc it works.
    – skalka
    Oct 25, 2010 at 11:07

If you require TV checkout MythTV, if not XBMC. Depending on your hardware, you may decide that you want to avoid using a window manager entirely. You should probably do some research...

  • XBMC is awesome. They also have a Live-CD so you can easily try it without installing anything. The upcoming version has a builtin Add-On systems that allows you to download and install new Skins and Add-Ons (e.g. for Youtube) very easily.
    – pableu
    Oct 25, 2010 at 10:34
  • Mythbuntu is an official Ubuntu derivative that you could check out.
    – 8128
    Oct 25, 2010 at 11:08

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