My Vu+ Uno arrived last night (short story: couldn't quite justify expense of Vu+ Duo, but liked the look of the units). DHL Express wasn't all that express, after a week apparently in the air and another with NZ Customs (I thought that DHL were supposed to act as a customs broker?)
I repurposed my old XBox power cable to plug it in and after around 30 minutes of shagging around I had it working. Time mostly attributed to me not knowing the first thing about satellites, and partly because the build-in satellite list contains a large list of useless satellites.
Discovered http://satellites-xml.eu, generated a satellites.xml file for Optus D1, FTPd it to the Vu+ and all became much more straightforward.
Am now tuned into SBS HD, etc. and the Freeview channels, have installed the web plugin and have set up iDream on my Mac so can now stream radio + TV via VLC. Also created a NFS server on my Mac and hooked a couple of NFS mounts on the Vu+ - one so I can play the films on the external HDD connected to my Mac, and the other for recording. All seems to be working really well.
General impressions is that it's a lovely box, but the UI is a bit rough around the edges - it's very very clear that there are components that have been cobbled together from various other open source efforts (there's an odd wallpaper for the radio mode with a random URL on it, the Teletext has another random URL, and the web based interface - despite sporting the Vu+ logo - has the HTML title 'Dreambox WebControl'. Also, this is very much a geek's box - I was pleasantly surprised to see the git logs when downloading plugins, although I suspect that this may terrify others...
So, all good thus far! Now wondering whether I really should install a 3rd-party image and, if so, which one. ViX Team, Blackhole, VTI, etc. All seem to just have poxy forums as their websites so it's difficult to compare features. Anyone had any experience? I'd really like something that looks lovely and elegant too - something which seems strangely hard to accomplish...