[ubuntu-us-in] Ubuntu Media Server?

Kuroshi sjos0001 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 10 17:11:55 GMT 2010

Sorry, I don't know much about the CompTIA certifications, I haven't taken
one (but am considering it). However, I can tell you a bit about both XBMC
and Boxee, as I have a bit of experience with both. XBMC in particular
supports the mythbackend if you're willing to put a bit of time into it, so
you can still have DVR and TV capabilities with a decent front end
(mythfrontend, quite frankly, is awful). Beware though, it's not quite as
efficient as mythfrontend, and some features you would have in mythfrontend
you won't have in xbmc, or they won't be implemented well. MythWeb helps a
bit to alleviate this if you don't mind using it, but it's not quite as nice
as mythtv.

Personally, if I didn't need the TV and DVR built in, I would just go with
boxee. It looks nicer and is much more user-friendly IMO then vanilla XBMC.
It's also really easy to make apps for, if you're into that sort of thing.

-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-us-in-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
[mailto:ubuntu-us-in-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com] On Behalf Of DJ Gregory
Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 8:12
To: Ubuntu's Indiana Local Community Team
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-us-in] Ubuntu Media Server?

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.


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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