[ubuntu-us-in] Ubuntu Media Server?

Scott Gilmore georider at gmail.com
Wed Nov 10 16:11:43 GMT 2010

On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 10:16 AM, John Meuser <meuserj at gmail.com> wrote:

> There is a Linux Version of XBMC:
> http://xbmc.org/
> https://launchpad.net/xbmc
> I use that on one setup, on another I use boxee:
> http://www.boxee.tv/
> Which is a highly customized version of XBMC.
> Both work very well and are easy to use.
>                John
> On 11/10/2010 8:12 AM, DJ Gregory wrote:
> > I've looked into XBMC, but as I have no old Xbox, just the one I use
> > from day-to-day playing I ruled that one out.  A DVR would be nice, but
> > not necessary.
> >
> > I appreciate everyone's input into this, and I'll continue my search
> > today and if I find any solutions, I'll pass them along here.
> >
> > Also, has anyone ever taken the CompTIA Linux+ Certification test?  Just
> > curious if it's worth getting (I'm trying to urge my company to go to
> > linux based servers)  I'm studying for my Servers+ right now and i
> > figure if I get that and my Linux+, I'd have a good argument, I just was
> > curious if anyone had taken that exam and wondered what the difficulty
> > level was and value for the dollar.
> > Thanks,
> >
> > DJ
> >
> > On 11/9/2010 11:09 PM, Phil Buckler wrote:
> >> I was using mdadm for software raid, samba for file sharing, and xbmc
> >> on an old xbox for my media center.
> >>
> >> I found that mdadm worked well but it made me nervise any time I
> >> touched it (I'm not an expert).  So now I use a d-link DNS-321,
> >> network attched storage. It works great.  It has nfs, samba, and FTP.
> >> It is a custom linux os from d-link. I have found on the Internet
> >> where people have soft-modded them into full web servers among other
> >> things.
> >>
> >> Xbmc is great they make a windows, and Linux version as well as the
> >> xbox.
> >>
> >> I'm not much of a tv guy and I had streaming issues from my storage to
> >> my xbox on ether the nas or pc stroage so I think it may have
> >> something to do with my router.
> >>
> >> That my two cents spend it wisely
> >>
> >>
> >> Phil Buckler
> >>
> >>
> >> Sent from my moble device, please excuse any typographical errors.
> >>
> >> On Nov 9, 2010, at 2:12 PM, Michael Schultheiss<schultmc at cinlug.org>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >>> DJ Gregory wrote:
> >>>> Everyone,
> >>>>
> >>>> I've been using Ubuntu for awhile, but really got into it around
> >>>> Hoary
> >>>> Hedgehog.  I enjoy any Linux distro on a whole, but I want a media
> >>>> server, preferably based on Ubuntu Server.  Can anyone recommend some
> >>>> programs and/or methods to set up something like this?  I have
> >>>> ideas and
> >>>> I've seen solutions, but I want to get some of our members opinions
> >>>> here
> >>>> as to what is good to actually use.  Forums are fine to search around
> >>>> in, but not personal enough.  I'd like to get some real life input in
> >>>> how things work.  Any good ideas?
> >>> What are you looking to do with your Media Server?
> >>>
> >>> I would take a look at Mythbuntu [0] - it utilizes MythTV [1] and
> >>> does a
> >>> lot of media related things.
> >>>
> >>> [0] http://www.mythbuntu.org
> >>> [1] http://www.mythtv.org
> >>>
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I'm finding this conversation quite interesting.

I've been piecing together a media server for some time. It serves my music,
TV with DVR, movies, photos. It's running Ubuntu server 10.04 currently as I
just haven't taken the time to take it away from the family to upgrade. I
run Mythtv-backend on it to serve Live TV to an original soft modded xbox on
my TV. I can reach MythTV from anywhere in the world through the web
interface to interact with the DVR functionality. I also have misterhouse
running on the same server. A RAID-5 arrayprovides about 3TB of storage. DVR
writes to a dedicated 500GB SATA as I feel the RAID array would cause some
choppiness in the video. Saved videos are then moved to the RAID for long
term storage.

Other PCs around the house also connect to the MythTV backend to watch DVR
and Live TV. Most of what we watch is DVR as I would prefer to spend quality
time with my family rather than commercial time. 20 minutes a show makes a
lot of difference in a day!

I've played with Boxee and have looked at the D-Link Boxee Box. Not too sure
about that one yet. Boxee, in my opinion, has a ways to go yet. Not enough
mainstream content. I would love to see more Discovery Channel content as
well as learning channels for the kids.

Hulu is my favorite spot for items I can't get through OTA TV (we don't have
cable or satellite). It would be nice for Hulu to play nice with MythTV but
last I saw it wasn't. Last I saw it was sorta working through Boxee but it's
using Boxee as sort of a launcher more than anything else I believe.
Integration is key to media.

LinuxMCE is an interesting project that I really hope goes a bit farther.
The main focus of LinuxMCE is content and not controls which in my eye makes
the controls a bit ugly. I would love to see a more fluid control and I
think it would really boost this project. It's worth a look for you I think.
It also provides home automation as well as telecom functionality.
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