This time I tried one of the most popular ones, MythTV.
I tried this first a few years ago and failed dismally to get it to work properly.
This time around I did not fair much better. It is overly complicated and poorly documented. Sure, there is loads of docs but I found it difficult to follow. After two days of install and set-up, what I ended up with was a poorly operating system. It was slow and sluggish.
Too many things. I just wanted to play a few cds and watch a few videos.
A single application device.
So, I basically abandoned Myth TV.
Hello again Freevo.
It installed fairly easily on Fedora 11. There is just 1 configuration file. Excellent.
It all works. No issues.
There are many new features added since I first set-up Freevo.
The Question: "Which is a good and lightweight Home Theatre / Media Player to install on an old or low spec PC?"
The Answer: Freevo
It is really an answer and not the answer. There are other other ones.
Another one I played around with last year was GeeXboX. It was fairly good. The best thing was that it came on a bootable cd, so it was easy to test out.
I think I shall just do that.
In the mean time, I am a Freevo sort of guy.