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Linux-based media center Enna ready for its close up

It's here! Enna, a media center application made for Linux is finally ready for public release. Yay? If you're not sure what this is, you're not alone. First, GeeXbox is a Linux app that turns your computer into a media center that can work on a lot of software configurations. Enna is a nice graphical interface for GeeXbox that adds some cool new features and makes it a lot more usable. The...

AutoBrake simplifies DVD ripping on your HTPC

Handbrake is easily one of the best DVD ripping applications available for any platform. It's great when you've got a keyboard and mouse handy to click all the necessary buttons, but what about your home theatre PC? Wouldn't it be nice to just drop in a disc and watch it automatically ripped to the hard drive? AutoBrake does exactly that. Set your options, drop in a disc, and AutoBrake takes...

Media Portal home theater PC app for Windows hits 1.0

Open Source media center application Media Portal has been under development for 5 years. And this week the developers decided the product was stable enough to remove the beta label and launch Media Portal 1.0. The application was initially based on the popular XBMC application designed to turn Xbox gaming consoles into media playback workhorses. But Media Portal quickly outgrew its beginnings...

Build a great Home Theater PC for about $1,000

Our pal Eliot Phillips over at Engadget has written an awesome how-to on building a practical Home Theater PC for about $1,000. The end result is a beautiful black Pentium 4 machine with a gig of DDR2 RAM, 250GB of SATA storage rounded out by and a nice Hauppauge dual-tuner card with on-chip MPEG2 encoding and a MythTV install. If you want a solid HTPC without spending a fortune, listen to Eliot,...