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ChiefQualakon

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XBox 360 as a "frontend" (MD)
« on: March 25, 2007, 01:58:34 am »
I know that there are free linux media servers that the 360 can interface with and access the same way it can with the Windows Media Center, but will LinuxMCE be able to do that as well?

The problem (as far as I know, and from what I've learned playing with free media servers) with this feat is that the 360 will only accept the "wmv" codec (and perhaps "avi" but I can't remember).  Some media servers would transcode it to "wmv" on the fly before sending it and that (sorta) worked.  It was slow and laggy, but it worked.  Would LinuxMCE be able to do that?

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Re: XBox 360 as a "frontend" (MD)
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2007, 10:38:12 pm »
When I get my box up and running I'll test this out. Hopefully by this weekend.

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Re: XBox 360 as a "frontend" (MD)
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2007, 07:38:19 am »
Thanks, because I'd really like to know.  This might be the deciding factor of whether or not I use LinuxMCE or GeexBoX and MythTV alone...

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Re: XBox 360 as a "frontend" (MD)
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2007, 02:20:01 pm »
I'd like to know something similar.  If linuxMCE supports UPnP (either as a server or client).  This is how the Xbox360 works with WindowsMCE Connect.  Right now I have a UPnP share from a windows pc and would like to share/stream it to my Ubuntu box.  I know GeeXBox can do this, but its interface currently leaves alot to be desired.

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Re: XBox 360 as a "frontend" (MD)
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2007, 12:36:27 am »
I'd like to know something similar.  If linuxMCE supports UPnP (either as a server or client).  This is how the Xbox360 works with WindowsMCE Connect.  Right now I have a UPnP share from a windows pc and would like to share/stream it to my Ubuntu box.  I know GeeXBox can do this, but its interface currently leaves alot to be desired.

UPNP support is not added yet, but you can use gmediaserver application from ubuntu to stream audio files on the network using UPNP. you can type for example this code in a startup script that can run on your hybrid:
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apt-get install gmediaserver

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audio_dirs=""
for dir in /home/user_*/data/audio /home/user_*/data/other /home/public/data/audio /home/public/data/other ;do
    [[ ! -d $dir ]] && continue
    audio_dirs=($audio_dirs "$dir")
done

echo "# Serving audion files from : ${audio_dirs[@]}"
killall gmediaserver 2>/dev/null
gmediaserver --friendly-name="LinuxMCE" -b ${audio_dirs[@]}