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How To: Turn Your Linux Rig into a Streaming Media Center

Feb 18, 2009, 20:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Kraft)

"Other guides on the subject discuss how to set up a Samba-based solution, but we feel that our solution is simpler and easier since you only have to install and configure one program instead of several. For this purpose, we use GNUMP3d. GNUMP3d is a program that makes media available through a web-based interface. Instead of using the Samba protocol, GNUMP3d uses ordinary HTTP to get the job done.

This guide assumes that you have a Linux-based computer available and are ready to begin the installation process immediately. If this is not the case, you should set up a Linux-based environment to use. It doesn't really matter which distro you are using, but for the sake of simplicity, we are going to use Ubuntu in this demonstration since Ubuntu has a large following and the needed software is already in the repositories. If your distro does not have a pre-compiled package of GNUMP3d available, you will need to compile it yourself.

"What you will need:
1. A web browser
2. Root or superuser access to the Linux system that is to be the media server
3. Access to the Ubuntu repositories through apt-get (or the GNUMP3d source code and any necessary compile tools)
4. One or more media players that can handle streaming media (Videolan, Amarok, and Totem with Gstreamer are recommended)
5. Some music and/or video files to test with"

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