There is no such thing as a "typical media center" any more than there is a "typical computer" or a "typical user." What people expect out of a set-top box – particularly one they have built themselves – varies wildly. Some users are primarily gamers, some are DVD and Blu-Ray nuts; some obsessed with high-end audio output and some with tacking on as many video capture cards as humanly possible. You can't please everyone. The GeeXboX project just released version 2.0 of its XBMC-based set-top distribution, and it seems to have settled on a target form factor: small, low-power devices with minimal storage. The decision has its advantages, but it may limit the distribution's audience.
October 14, 2011