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Users / Re: Alarm How TO
« Last post by mikeybs on September 20, 2014, 04:49:31 am »
I would like to get my home alarm system integrated into linuxmce.  The system I have now was here when I moved in and the existing panel does not appear to be capable of much.  Can I simply replace my existing panel with a new one that works well with linuxmce?  I've have no experience with alarm systems...

If I look at the Security Interface device templates I see GE Interlogix, Generic Security Panel, and Z Wave embedded security interface.  Does that mean Interlogix or ZWave is the way to go? 

I would like for linuxmce to be able to see the status of the existing door/window sensors in the house, and I would like the ability to arm/disarm the system from an orbiter.

Any advice would be much appreciated.  I can't seem to find much information on this topic searching the wiki or forums.
Installation issues / Re: Installing 12.04 from USB stick
« Last post by phenigma on September 20, 2014, 12:57:42 am »
Thanks KirkD!  We will help any way we can.

Users / Raspberry Pi as a MediaDirector
« Last post by phenigma on September 20, 2014, 12:56:31 am »
Hey all!

Well, it's been over 2.5 years since I started down this journey of trying to support the rpi as a media director.  There have been trials and tribulations and breaks of many weeks between development commits.  I have pulled my hair out and re-grown it twice over already.    :o

I can say that now I am confident in the 'alpha' status of the rpi as a Media Director.  The wiki details the methods you need to follow to implement an rpi as a standard MD right now.  I am working hard to implement qorbiter based media directors and the rpi is the test bed for that, at the moment.

If you have a raspberry pi and want to get involved in testing then I'd love to hear your feedback in irc at #linuxmce or #linuxmce-dev.  Visit the wiki at: to learn how to setup an rpi MD.

Media playback is working with an lmce OMX_Player device to control omxplayer.  The Photo Screen Saver is working.  Please realize that using the rpi as an MD is not the quickest.  Orbiter and Photo Screen Saver take all of the resources of the rpi and not much else is possible.  qOrbiter will open up many possibilities and is being worked on extensively.

Enjoy your LMCE experience and let me know what your experiences are, I'll try to help any way I can.

Installation issues / Re: Installing 12.04 from USB stick
« Last post by KirkD on September 20, 2014, 12:55:18 am »
Thanks for the note.

I certainly respect and appreciate the small team issues.  And, I'll gladly help out in any way I can.  For now, that will be to test my current hardware and provide feedback on what works and what doesn't.  Hopefully more in the future.  8^)

Users / Audio track and Subtitle support
« Last post by phenigma on September 20, 2014, 12:36:15 am »
Hey all!

I wanted to give a heads up about some additions I've made recently.  The existing code has long permitted the selection of audio tracks and subtitles for non-disc playback.  We have had no place in the user interface to make selections so far.  For me this has been frustrating, I really enjoy 'foreign' or 'subtitled' movies.  To that end I have added buttons to UI1 that allow the cycling of the audio tracks or subtitle tracks that exist in a playing media file.  They are hidden away on the UI1 'Zoom & Aspect' menu.

There is no feedback on the UI for the currently selected tracks, nor for any listing of available tracks.  I hope to provide this functionality at some point but there is a lot that goes into making that happen in the old Orbiter UI.  So for now, you can change audio tracks and subtitle tracks in playing media files.

I would also like to point out that this functionality works within both Xine_Player AND (on regular MDs) and in OMX_Player (on Raspberry Pi MDs).

Like I said, I hope to extend this to make it more user friendly.  For now the capability is there for those that have been requiring or missing it.  :)

This is available for 1204 (precise) ubuntu and on raspbian (wheezy).  apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade then reload your router to get the functionality.

Installation issues / Re: Installing 12.04 from USB stick
« Last post by phenigma on September 20, 2014, 12:25:56 am »

Hardware requirements are a very elusive thing to provide as they are changing all the time.  *Usually* if the ubuntu dvd installer of the same release we have works, then ours will work as well.  We cannot keep abreast of all the kernel updates and hardware changes that occur, there are simply too many.

If the standard Ubuntu 1204 (precise) installer works then *usually* our installer works as well.  But not necessarily from usb, we have not actively tested that recently.  We are very few people trying to make this all work and we really don't have the resources to test every combination and permutation.  To that end, we *really* appreciate feedback and testing from anyone that would like to contribute.  There are so many areas that (like documentation) that need some tlc.

Thanks for any input you can provide!

Users / Re: Android mobile/cell phone orbiter selection & help
« Last post by cperk4 on September 19, 2014, 10:35:32 pm »
yeah im not sure i want to go the vpn route lol  everyone on this forum would end up blocking me.  Ill look into it thanks.
Installation issues / Re: Installing 12.04 from USB stick
« Last post by KirkD on September 19, 2014, 05:48:37 pm »
Two questions:

a) did you try the original Ubuntu 12.04.x install DVD? That would highlight if it is a LinuxMCE problem, or a Ubuntu 12.04 problem together with your hardware setup

b) you could try LinuxMCE 14.04 DVD, but that is even less alpha than anything else... But you would do as a huge favor if you could testdrive it.

Both very good suggestions.  I'm fully open to trying LinuxMCE 14.04 and will probably start there.  If I have anything to give back, I will give it.  8^)

As for earlier comments in this thread, specifically,
It is also possible that the hardware you are using is newer than the 1204 kernel can support.

I've been having a very hard time coming up with system requirements.  Information in the wiki seems quite out of data and I haven't gotten much feedback in the forums.  Any suggestions are always appreciated.

Users / Re: Android mobile/cell phone orbiter selection & help
« Last post by posde on September 19, 2014, 11:27:40 am »
Browser only. No need for an app. What you might want to do is, setup a VPN to your system. That way you at least a bit safer.
Users / Re: Android mobile/cell phone orbiter selection & help
« Last post by cperk4 on September 19, 2014, 03:08:48 am »
Great! Thank you! Ill give that a try over the weekend. Can you only get outside access via a web browser or will the downloadable apps provide that with the proper settings?  i work swing shift and didnt get any sleep due to going to a job fair and have to leave again soon.
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