“For the past few months I have been spending a lot of time using my Mini-ITX computer. This was originally a project system which I put together so that I would have something small and silent for my living room, on which I could do a few very basic tasks, like check my email and get on the internet. The first part of the project featured a system which booted Puppy Linux off of a flash USB drive, a solution which was simple and quiet, but not very powerful. In the second part of the project the system was given a new case, improved cooling, and it booted off of a LiveCD and could save to a CF card. As I used the system more I decided the best course of action would be to make a few more changes and increase the system’s functionality, despite the impact that this could have on its silent operation.”
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Source: XYZ Computing
In the third part of their Mini-ITX/HTPC series, XYZ talks about how to set up a Linux PVR. If you wouldn’t pay the premium to have a normal PC setup for you, why do the same with a personal video recorder?