I love my XBMC htpc, ask anyone who knows me but it can be a royal pain to compile and install since have an AMD Fusion based system..
A few days ago I figured I would just upgrade a bit and go for the 3.0kernel. This pretty quickly landed me in a dependency hell since I also upgraded ubuntu to 11.10 in the middle of it.
Anyhow, today after putting up dinner for far too long while hunting compilation errors for xbmc et al I figured “why not give OpenELEC a try”..
Downloaded the 100MB or so tar ball, unpack, usb stick in,run script, boot on stick, do install, reboot, profit.
All in all a couple of minutes from zero to “it just works”™!
All hail simplicity! (sometimes)