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Home 'Entertainment' File Server ??

  Date: Nov 29    Category: Unix / Linux / Ubuntu    Views: 379
  

Has anyone here ever set up a Linux box at home to host any forms of
entertainment? I'm toying with the idea of setting up a Linux server in the
house so that all the PCs & other forms of media can access one system for
all our MP3 files, un-DRM'd iPod videos, DVDs & such. Does that make any
sense or am I babbling?

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Answer #1    Answered On: Nov 29    

I just set up a Buffalo NAS. It's built on a Linux kernel. No fuss, no muss.

www.buffalotech.com/products/network-storage/

 
Answer #2    Answered On: Nov 29    

There's a few ways to go about that, but none I think are ready for
prime time yet.

Others may have more current input as it's been a while since I've looked
at this last but I didn't find a way to do this that I thought made any
sense.

There are solutions for all the mainstream platforms- doze, apple
and linux. All, in my opinion, require inordinate amounts of hardware,
specialized software and complicated setup to deploy.

In my world, what I'd like to see (and will probably end up with) is a
simple, small form factor PC that will display/play media files via
ethernet from a fileserver elsewhere in the house.

Instead what you see are boxes that try to do everything from serve up
media files to netflix movies to internet radio, and none do everything
well. I don't want all that crap (as I don't have broadband anyway).
I just want a simple interface I can control with a remote through my TV
to look at photos, play video files and DVD's, and listen to MP3's.
Seems simple, but the solutions I've seen to date either can't handle
certain file formats or you need a $1000 PC sitting next to your TV and
a high horsepower server to do it.

If someone's come up with a simple solution I'd sure like to see it.
Right now I'm using an old laptop hooked up to the TV (SVGA) running
Windoze (since it's too much of a PITA to get linux to play different
video formats) connected to my linux file server. The only thing missing
there is the "simple" IR control through the TV.

I'm keeping my eye on MythTV, which is the closest I'm seeing to a simple
set top box that can connect to a fileserver but looks like an awful PITA
to set up the back end. I'm looking for something the equivalent of your
typical consumer peripheral that you take out of a box, turn on and use.
Compared to a few years ago things have gotten a lot better but it's not
there yet.

As a side note, I came up to speed on all this a couple years ago when
I remodeled my house, and ran half a mile of Cat6 everywhere in
anticipation of having a media center and being able to serve up
anything, anywhere in the house. Still looking for the best solution
to take advantage of that infrastructure.

 
Answer #3    Answered On: Nov 29    

This is pretty much what I was wanting myself. I was thinking just a Samba
file server or something.

 
Answer #4    Answered On: Nov 29    

You could always try to make VLC do what it was originally intended for ...

 
Answer #5    Answered On: Nov 29    

VLC acts as a file server?????????

 
Answer #6    Answered On: Nov 29    

I'm using ClarkConnect, which is free for home use (limited by
number of users). Runs great on old/slow hardware. Offers FTP
and mail if you want it.

 
Answer #7    Answered On: Nov 29    
 
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