wow, i just had a lightbulb moment after reading these replies. What
you're saying is that you'll be able to see the network media
software interface on your TV (if you have iodata linkplayer). I never
realized that. That is cool and definitely a reason to consider going
with the open firmware. Also, having more than one network media
player gives me some flexibility. (this might even be a reason to
upgrade to the 300 gigs).
i worry about installation issues though. I don't want the advantages
of having a network media station to overshadow my main need to run a
backup storage solution.
Some other questions:
a) paths. generally are there any rules/conventions for where you keep
your backup files and where you keep your media files? I see in
swissplayer you are able to hardcode paths
b)when I connect an external usb hard drive to linkstation, how does
this show up in the file system? Are there lots of latency issues with
a usb external drive (the buffalo linkplayer manual suggests that usb
external drives are mainly backups for the main nas. Is that true?)
c)here's a dumb question about media hardware (in my case the
Linkplayer DVD player). My remote control for it has a lot of
buttons, but it can't really function as a keyboard. (there are number
buttons which double as alphabet buttons too apparently). Do the
software interfaces for network media players just involve a lot of
buttons (Play, Resume, Exit, etc), or are there lots of occasions
where you need to be able to type more complicated things like words?
d)just out of curiousity, has anyone tried running mythtv, freevo or
other things on linkstation?