Attempting to make use of an old PC for residence cinema PC
I'm attempting to make use of some rather old hardware (acquired ~ 2000) to have actually linked to my television full-time and also I'm seeking suggestions on which distro to make use of.
- Pentium 4 1.9 GHz
- 765 megabytes RAM
- NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400] Video Card
- extra readily available if required, not exactly sure what else to checklist though
- With the ability of streaming music/video (an useful internet browser)
- Easy install
- Able to play bent on a huge screen (~ 30 inches)
- With the ability of playing DVD's/ songs from harddrive.
- Bonus that would certainly behave: ssh assistance, able to run as a LAMP, able to run as a File Server.
Based upon my equipment needs and also hardware specifications, is this feasible? Which distro would certainly you advise?
I would preferably make use of Ubuntu Server+ GUI yet I've been having problem with the install and also I assume it might result from the aging hardware.
Rather than start from a typical Linux distro and also add what you require ahead, this type of job asks for a specialized distro.
I've listened to good ideas concerning LinuxMCE. It's a tailored variation of Kubuntu with several libraries and also residence automation add - on plans, all perfectly incorporated right into a systematic whole.
The basic objective distros have actually had a great deal of current renovations that have actually begun to remove the older equipment. Linux might still practically sustain 486 CPUs, yet you're not going to get anything like graphics sustain from it, which is what the majority of customers are seeking nowadays.
With any luck your TELEVISION can take a VGA input, or else you'll be stuck to SD. That P4 is still extra performant than the previous generation of Atom cpus, to make sure that need to offer you some standard to base assumptions on. Recall Linux is still rather CPU - starving, so you're possibly not mosting likely to have the ability to see greater than 480p video also if you can crank your screen dimension greater then that.
DVD playback can be carried out in software program, yet might be intricate adequate to push that box to its restriction.
My future HTPC has comparable specifications, although I do not have the GeForce card. Previously I've been utilizing my Netbook as an ad-hoc HTPC, with lower specifications, and also excellent outcomes. So offered your specifications and also needs, yes it's greater than feasible.
Dig around the GeeXboX website and also see if you like :-)