My ideal media center is an open source system, without any remnance of digital rights management. I try and keep aware of the latest open source options, even if I am currently not using such a system. I have been meaning to build my own Ubuntu system but other things just keep eating all of my time (like this blog!). Besides running Linux from a CD, I have had very little experience with the open source operating system. TVease.net can “ease” your transition to a Linux system by offering open source media centers, a niche in the media center market that few other companies have looked to fill. Using MythTV and Ubuntu, they offer relatively cheap media centers yet they do not have to skimp on features. MythTV has every major feature currently available through Windows XP MCE.
Tvease.net recently expanded their product line to include 4 other “high-end” media centers, ranging from $1299 to $3499. The new systems have a 7″ touchscreen LCD in the front, which in my opinion is definitely high-end. If you are looking for an open source HTPC solution, definitely check out TVease.net