I have a copy of MCE that I could put on every HTPC I own.
I don't because it would not be as useful to me as even a
stock install of MythTV. SageTV and MCE both have pretty weak
media handling and presentation features. It's rather shocking
how weak they both are considering their commercial products
(one of them from the big bad monopoly).
The same goes for Apple and Front Row.
Not running Windows won't change the basic hardware requirements.
So the "money saving" idea is pretty absurd.
It's just another iteration of the false characterization of Linux
users as seeking something that is free rather than something that is
If "office" is your view of things then there is nothing keeping
you from just doing that with ANY OS, Linux included.
Now stuff like HTPC software is much more interesting and infact it
is the Free Software stuff that leads that category. It also helps along
the commercial products by giving them a wider degree of utility.
Pretty much anyone even considering an HTPC is a demanding enthusiast.
Otherwise they would just use one of the many plentiful appliances.
If some college kid can replicate your "invention" without seeing |||
any of the details of your patent then you have been granted a patent / | \
on the "idea" and not the actual implementation.