I am playing with the idea of using an old PC as a media server. The main thing I'm concerned about is power consumption, its an old Pentium D processor. I realize it will be running 24/7 but using up electricity while its not being used seems a little waste of money. I was just wondering if anyone can recommend a distro/package which is particularly good at power management?
Depends what you mean by media server.
Do you want TV, or just music, video and pics?
It is possible to use a headless box, and even power down to S3 sleep mode at set times of day, or use wake on lan, if the box supports it..
If you want TV, MythTV is the best choice, especially Mythbuntu.
If you don't, check out XBMC or subsonic
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