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Help to mount Media center + Server
« on: February 25, 2011, 06:30:17 pm »
I want to build a machine where there will be a media center and production server.
My question is wether to install Debian or Windows or both.
Mi idea is to have all my movies and music, connect the PC to the TV to watch films and at the same time have a production server to host my web projects before uploading to online server.

Here's the Hardware:
MB: Gigabyte GA-8I915PMD
CPU: Intel P4 3.20Ghz
RAM: 3GB DDR2 266Mhz
HD1: 200GB [Seagate ST3200826AS]
HD2: 500GB [Seagate ST3500320AS]

What's your opinion, should I install Debian with windows on a virtual machine; should I install Debian on the 200GB HD and Windows on the 500GB and restart every time I want to switch between the server and media center.

My concern on keeping windows is to make it easier to manage the TV connection and movie and music players with an existing remote controller.

Please advise fellows


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Re: Help to mount Media center + Server
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2011, 09:41:07 pm »
Why do you want to use Debian? I don't think you will benefit much from using it, sure it may run slightly quicker than using Windows but I doubt it would be noticable for a media server. I am using Windows 7 on my HTPC and it's working great.

I would keep it simple and stick with one OS, and choose the one that best fits my needs. Debian may be better for you if you do certain things that need it, but I can do all that I need to with Windows.
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Re: Help to mount Media center + Server
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2011, 09:55:08 pm »
I would also agree with the keep it simple rule. There are enough things to go wrong even then without throwing another variable into the equation.
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Re: Help to mount Media center + Server
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2011, 03:05:18 am »
 Debian is not very good use, suggest you choose another one. ;)

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