I got a free computer at work that I'm thinking about setting up in the family room as a multimedia computer. This is really is going to serve as a test to see how we might use a computer like that so that later when I actually spend some real money on it (probably a Mac Mini) I know what I want. But, don't know whether I should have it run Linux (I have two older laptops at home running Ubuntu and XUbuntu) or Windows 2000 (I have an unused legal copy of 2000, I could buy XP too I suppose).
So here is the hardware:
- Gateway Pentium IV, 1.5GHz
- ~768-1024MB memory
- ATI Radeon Rage Theatre 64MB (this is an OEM card, it has the R6 chip which is the original Radeon chip)
- 320GB Seagate HD
- CD/RW (might add a DVD too)
- Will add cheap 802.11g card to it was well
The video card has only composite in/out and S-video out (besides audio and VGA).
What I'd like to be able to do with it:
- Listen to internet radio station (we can't get NPR where we live).
- Record from TV (yeah I know the quality will be crummy given the composite plug)
- Play DVDs on TV (this is not going to be very good I know, I just want to see how convenient it would be when I have the real thing).
- Play video files on TV.
- Rip our CDs to it and listen to them from an iTunes-like program (or iTunes in Windows 2000).
I have everything (except for the wireless and the DVD, which don't have to be there right away). So which operating system should I go with? Is BeOS even a contender (I actually think I have a legal copy of it somewhere in a box, haven't looked at it in many years).
Any input would be appreciated.