Android TV Showdown! | LAS 428

Android TV Showdown! | LAS 428

We compare two very compelling boxes side by side & discover the advantages of Android as our HTPC. As two long time Linux users we were surprised & a little horrified. We share our strange journey to this place & why we are staying.

Plus we discuss the impact that free Windows 10 had on Linux, Microsoft’s lost opportunity & geek out over Noah’s cool new hardware.

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The Best Linux Set Top Box


  • NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor with a 256-core GPU and 3GB RAM
  • Android Marshmallow
  • 4K playback at 60 FPS (VP9, H265, H264)
  • 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound passthrough over HDMI
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Built in 802.11n, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
  • HDMI 2.0
  • Two USB 3.0 (Type A)
  • MicroSD slot
  • IR receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony)
  • Nvidia’s Library of features games, like Borderlands 2.
  • Game controller is included.
  • All of the apps finally feel living room ready.
  • Like… Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, Plex, YouTube, and my favorite Kodi.
  • Starts at $200

  • SHIELD Android TV Box vs Apple TV vs Roku vs Fire TV | SHIELD

  • Arch Linux for Shield TV | nVidia Shield Android TV

I present to you instructions on how to get Arch Linux working natively on your shield TV dual booted with your Android rom. This is all thanks to the amazing people in this thread for getting Ubuntu on the shield and would not be possible without them.…ld-tv-t3150352

Buy it:

WD TV Live

Local Media
IR Remote
Doesn’t require a server component
No account / activation required
Runs it’s own media software

Matricom G-Box Q

Local Media
IR Remote
Doesn’t require a server component
No account / activation required
Runs Kodi (installed by default)


Runs Linux

Tough Skylake box PC has four GbE and eight USB ports, and Runs Linux

Adlink’s Linux-ready MXE-5500 fanless industrial computer offers 6th Gen Core CPUs, 4K support, dual SATA bays, four GbE ports, mini-PCIe, USIM, and more.

Desktop App Pick

Gradio: A GTK3 app for finding and listening to internet radio stations

Gradio Screenshot


NEW Natively Compatible Linux DJ Controller

Works out of the box with Linux
Presets built in for mix
Native controller AND audio interface
Separate audio interface for Headphones (native compatible with Linux)

— NEWS —

Slashdot Asks: Free Upgrade To Windows 10 Ends Today: What’s Your Thought On This?

While users have lauded Windows 10 for performance improvements, the Redmond-based company’s aggressive upgrade tactics have spoiled the experience for many. Whether it was installing Windows 10 on computers without users’ consent, or eating up tons of bandwidth for users who couldn’t afford it, or whether it was deceptive dialog boxes, Microsoft definitely deserves a lot of blame — and rightfully, a bunch of lawsuits. But many of these things, hopefully, will end today — July 29, 2016 (or to be exact, Saturday morning 5:59am EDT / 2:59am PDT) Today is officially the last day when eligible Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers could be upgraded to Windows 10 for free of charge. After this, an upgrade to Windows 10 will set you back by at least $119.

The laptops are Lenovo R61 and W510 systems, and the desktops are a garden variety box based on an Asus P7P55D Pro motherboard. The other desktop is my beloved Hydra 2.0 liquid cooled, dual-processor, monster system based on the EVGA Classified SR-2 motherboard. These details turn out to be important in our story.

Three Florida men sued Microsoft in U.S. District Court in Florida on Friday, saying Microsoft’s Windows 10 update prompts violated laws governing unsolicited electronic advertisements, as well as Federal Trade Commission prohibitions on deceptive and unfair practices.

Blackmagic Design Finally Introduces Fusion 8 For Linux

After acquiring Fusion back in 2014 from Canadian company eyeon software Inc, Blackmagic Design has put a lot of energy into developing one of the most advanced pieces of compositing software out there. After offering support for both, Windows and Mac platforms, the company just has announced Fusion 8 for Linux.

Editing = Cut a piece of footage and remove/add a bit in the middle.

Composting = Take an object that isn’t in the footage and put it there.

Motion graphics = take an inanimate object and animate it.

Good looking hardware shipping with +elementary​ OS.

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