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Top 5 Media Center Programs for Linux

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I though I would share my thoughts on my exploits with the popular Media Center Solutions for Linux. While none of them are perfect some come very close.

Elisa

Good:

  • very smooth animation, clean interface, easy to navigate without a mouse

  • easy to add folders to existing libraries
  • Good search options after selecting a category off the main menu
  • Pressing Esc drops you out of full screen and into window mode.
  • Connectivity to internet streams including shoutcast, Onion
  • News Network, TED Talks, Movie Trailers, Youtube, and Deviant Art.

  • Ability to add user accounts
  • Decent support for plugins, easy to install

Bad:

  • No names under icons in main menu with default install

  • Scanning over networked drives for media can be a bit slow
  • Limited organization options other than “Tv Shows” or “Movies” in the video category.
  • Limited amount of plugins, although this can change.

Conclusion:

  • Elisa was very nice, but I got the distinct impression that because it was simplified, I wouldn’t be doing all sorts of tweaks to it. I was completely fine with it and Elisa does accomplish its mission of being a simple, easy to use Desktop MCE.

[4/5]

XBMC

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