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I want to be able to serve files from my external hard drive through my Raspberry Pi to my network. Essentially using the Raspberry Pi as a network interface for my External Hard Drive, and allowing my other devices (game consoles, tablets, PCs, etc) to access the media there.

I like the interface and flexibility of Windows Media Center, but I suppose that's probably a no-go here.

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This is a bit subjective... –  Jivings Jun 13 '12 at 1:07
    
@Jivings In what way? –  Kyle Macey Jun 13 '12 at 1:08
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Because it depends on ones preference of media center. Personally I use Samba to share files and OMXPlayer to play them. –  Jivings Jun 13 '12 at 1:11

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Have you taken a look at XBMC?

There are two distros being developed for the Pi. These are:

Your other choice is to perform connectivity and media playback manually. This involves using a Samba for file sharing and OMXPlayer for your media.

My new personal favorite is XBian, which is well supported, up-to-date, and offers a selection of useful utilities pre-installed such as Transmission and Sickbeard.

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