I have been a fan of Freevo for a few years now, but decided to review what the current state is with other application.
The reason I chose Freevo, was because it was relatively easy to set-up and did not require a powerful computer to run on.
The PC I choose to run the tests on is a 1.? Ghz machine with 512Mb of RAM.
The first candidate was XBMC. It looked good. Downloaded and installed it, no problems. When I started to use it, there were some serious issues. It played fine but the user interface was very, very slow. Dragging the mouse accross the screen produced a large number of jumps.
This product was quickly dismissed, as it would fail the UAT (User Acceptance Test) straight away.
The next fella was LinuxMCE. This requires a specific version of Kubuntu to install. It is all contained on the DVD image which is handy.
The install took many hours, about 5, to complete. There were a few hangs and reboots. It didn't fail but just picked up from where it left off.
When I got it installed, I had some trouble setting preferences, such as IP address. The changes were not retained. This gets very frustrating, after 5 or 5 attempts to set something.
I noticed that it failed to pick up various media available.
The main issue was the customisation. It wouldn't take the changes.
After a number of hours, there was only one decision and that was /bin.
The next system is MythTV. I have it installed on Fedora Core 11 and need to configure it.
More next time.