Moderator, any chance we can sticky this?
So, after discovering that the Boxee "powers that be" chose not to support Hardy (the LONG TERM SUPPORT release, by the way), I decided to take the plunge and upgrade to Jaunty so I could enjoy and continue to tinker with the latest Boxee. I knew this was dangerous as I currently use an Acer 5610 with Intel integrated graphics. Every linux tech article I have read bemoans the regressions in the intel driver performance on Jaunty. But, I also saw many articles detailing fixes. Long story short, I was back up and running the latest Boxee in about 2 hours (mostly including some trial and error). Hopefully, the steps below will save you some time and pain.
1. Install Jaunty. I actually recommend Linux Mint "Gloria". Same Jaunty core, new minty taste.
2. Apply all the software updates (including the upgrade to the latest 2.6.28-13 kernel), then follow the steps in this guide for the SAFE configuration.
3. Install grandr. It's available in the standard repos. If you're trying to configure dual-monitors (laptop and LCD big-screen HDTV, which I assume is most of us) then you'll need this handy little utility. The screen adjustment tool in Gnome is crap. Grandr got the TV' resolution figured out in 2 seconds, and mirrored the two displays instead of merging them like the Gnome utility wanted to.
4. Remove pulseaudio:
* killall pulseaudio
* sudo apt-get remove pulseaudio
* sudo apt-get install esound
* sudo rm /etc/X11/Xsession.d/70pulseaudio
* Reboot system
5. Install Boxee
I have tested the following:
Hulu, Apple movie trailers, local video (480p and 720p). I am getting some mild picture-tearing which sucks but it's bearable. Menu navigation is snappy, and sound is clear and in-sync.
Why did I not choose the OPTIMAL configuration from the Ubuntu Intel video adjustment guide? Well, actually I did. That's why this took me two hours. The upgrade to the 2.6.30 kernel is the highlight of OPTIMAL. The problem is that you end up missing all the ubuntu backport drivers like...... oh yeah LIRC! And without LIRC drivers, I've got no remote control. BAD trade-off. I could have tried to compile them, but I was just not in the mood to compile from source. That's why I use Ubuntu and not Arch or Slackware on this laptop. So, I reverted to the 2.6.28-13 kernel (just another caution about the 2.6.30 kernel. Before I could reboot, my entire system HARD-LOCKED on me. Weird.) and LIRC was good again.
I will keep updating this thread with tweaks and fixes for the Intel video folks. Feel free to add your own!