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GeeXboX: Lightweight Media System

Sep 24, 2010, 01:32 (0 Talkback[s])

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"GeeXboX is a live distribution that can quickly turn a PC into a straight-forward media playback solution. It can be installed to a hard disk, but it works quite well when booted from a CDROM or other removable media. I'm going to examine the existing, stable 1.x series and also take a look at what the forthcoming (but already usable) 2.x series has lined up.

"GeeXboX 1.2.4, The Stable Edition

"For fans of lightweight distributions, things look promising from the start as the GeeXboX ISO is only 18MB in size. Upon booting, the user is presented with a startup menu giving options for booting into GeeXboX itself or installing to a HD. After a few seconds, GeeXboX assumes the default option and boots from the media, a surprisingly fast process. The boot time from a physical CDROM on real hardware was considerably faster than booting from an ISO image with a VM on the same machine, a point worth bearing in mind when assessing GeeXboX."

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