I got a strange issue going with my remote and Boxee.
Its a Philips SRM 510010A, the white one with the USB IR Receiver. I'm running it with Ubuntu 9.04.
lirc is installed.
When I boot the box and run irw I can see that the remote is being recognized and the pressed buttons show up in the terminal.
When I open Boxee the remote doesn't work.
If I quit boxee, unplug the receiver from the USB and plug it back and run boxee again I get the remote working ok.
The same thing happens with xbmc.