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Acer Aspire Revo, Ubuntu, Boxee and Remote Control

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On the latest episode of the podcast I briefly mentioned that I’d recently bought an Acer Aspire Revo to use as an Ubuntu based media player. Well, I’ve installed Ubuntu and Boxee on it, and it plays back all kinds of video including 720p and 1080p HD video via the HDMI port. The box is silent enough for it to be in the bedroom and not disturb sleep at all. I had to put my ear right up to it to hear anything, it’s as good as silent. It can be found for about £150 here in the UK, which is (in my opinion) an awesome price for this bit of kit.

I wanted to use this device as a kind of “set top box” to play back video. The options for software included Boxee, Mythbuntu and XBMC and certainly not Windows Media Centre as some crackpot on the Hampshire LUG mailing list suggested.

Below are some notes about how I installed Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) on the device and got the Sony Playstation 3 remote control working. I chose Ubuntu 9.10 because I knew the video driver for the nVidia ION card was available in the repository, and I feel confident with it.

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