Easily flashed to linux, boots directly to xbmc.
Fast wired internet connection recommended for faster/smoother performance. You will lose a little speed over a wifi connection. Navigation through menus can be a tad slow, but still acceptable.
Good price for a great product. No more paying for cable!!
Only 4 stars because the remote that comes with it is quite sub-par. Used a wireless USB keyboard for the easy but tedious xbmc set up. Now using my Harmony remote, HUGE improvement over the pivos remote.
Another recommendation: need of an SD card, so user data doesn't bog down the internal memory of the box. I use a Class 10 32GB SD Card (best possible & they're only 25 bucks, so why not?!).