This Conversation has gotten far away from the OP and become more of a linux how to it would seem. Oh and as far as paying for a Linux Distro you do that everytime you buy a new dvd / blueray player or any other componet that has an "Operating System" Most OEM's like Linux in the fact that you don't have to pay another company for development of your hardware. It's the whole reason M$ has its own stuff running windows because of Licencing and others lack of willingness to pay M$ lots of money to make their stuff work.
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