Greg Helledy on 25 Jun 2015 08:33:52 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Where's the best place to learn about mini-PCs?


It sounds like an Android-based device might be better for my wants, because I can run Kodi and Netflix official apps, instead of having to call up Google Chrome to watch it on linux and having to deal with a UI that's awkward when not at a keyboard and mouse.

When you write "XBMC is the best for a local media library", do you mean that I should be looking at something else for accessing online content--is there something better than Kodi?


Hi, Greg.

XBMC is the best for a local media library.  Great experience running it
on various Linux boxen for years now.  I'd recommend an Intel Atom
processor with NVIDIA graphics for that.  The video acceleration and
quality output are choice.  Take a look at the Asus EeeBox offerings.
Noiseless and low heat is perfect for the tv cabinet.

Be warned that the Netflix integration on Linux with XBMC is really
wonky.  I don't use it because you lose control of the interface when
XBMC launches Netflix in Google Chrome fullscreen.  I haven't poked it
in a while, but I just couldn't get it to go properly fullscreen and
keep remote control.


On 06:55PM Wed 06/24/15 -0400, Greg Helledy wrote:
I use a Wii to watch Netflix in the living room.  I recently found out about
Kodi (formerly XBMC) and would like to be able to watch all this additional
content available on the internet from my couch.

After poking around a little, it looks like these mini-PCs come in both ARM
and x86 versions, the ARM ones with Android and the x86 I'd have linux on.
I don't want an Amazon device because they have their own store (and have
banned Kodi, at least for now).  There are many products on ebay,
aliexpress, and of course Amazon.  But which one to choose?

What are good sites to visit to learn my options:  hardware features, OS and
applications, etc.?
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