[mythtv-users] Front end choice: Mac Mini versus VIA EPIA. Mac OS X
Stephen.Dolan at s3group.com
Wed Aug 31 09:44:30 UTC 2005
> I'm at an awkward stage with Myth.
> My back end is pretty much complete and works a treat. I bought the
> slowest second-hand P4 machine that the local second-hand computer
> shop (<http://www.computer-resale.co.uk/> - it's a great place) could
> sell me, installed Gentoo, two Hauppauge Nova-T cards and Myth and
> everything worked pretty easily. Kudos to the developers, the Gentoo
> ebuild maintainers and the many HOWTO authors. It records stuff
> reliably and dishes out the video to either a front end running on
> the same machine (in the study) or to my PowerBook plugged in via
> 100-baseT. It doesn't work too well wirelessly, but that's no
> So, now the difficult bit. The back end will be hidden away (in the
> attic, probably). It is time to buy a front end system. I want
> something quiet, above all, so was considering either a Mac mini or a
> VIA EPIA system. It would be controlled only via a remote control -
> I've no plans to provide it with a pointing device or to use it for
> general computing.
For what its worth I have an EPIA M10000 running as both a backend and a
frontend. With the built in mpg2 decoding hardware, I can play back my
recordings using about 12% of the cpu, so using a lower speed fanless
EPIA should pose no problems as a frontend
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