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I am looking to build a simple HTPC based on boxee, it is a very low power machine (2ghz P4, 1gb RAM, 1gb video card).

At present it has Win7 on it, but I want to run boxee as my media centre software (I love the watch later facility) and I was wondering what it would run best on?

If linux, what distro and why?

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Absolutely linux.

I'd choose a very light flavour of it: Linux Mint Fluxbox.

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I am a little nervous of linux, is setting up going to be straightforward? I would like to run sopcast on there as well. –  Mild Fuzz Mar 9 '11 at 11:01
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You will love it. A little pain adds spice to how you'll enjoy (and show off) your work. The community's huge and willing to help :) –  Pitto Mar 9 '11 at 17:32
    
Struggling with the first hurdle, how do I install boxee? the sources I have seen don't work! –  Mild Fuzz Mar 10 '11 at 12:22
    
Which kind of linux did you choose? Ubuntu? You just have to add boxee repository in that case (or download the .deb file) :) Give more info so I can help –  Pitto Mar 10 '11 at 22:28
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I do not have experience of full HD on Pentium 4... You should try if the old friend can handle it :) RAM Always helps but I'd try before buying more –  Pitto Mar 11 '11 at 11:30
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I would suggest ubuntu over windows because it would work better than windows on that hardware and ubuntu over other distros because it is easier to install,has a large hardware support and a large community.

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