[sf-lug] linux media (music) player with web server control

Steve Castellotti steve at theProfessionalAmateur.com
Mon Aug 2 15:36:09 PDT 2010

     Have a look at XBMC:


     Its more of a complete music/video/streaming solution with a 
set-top box type target configuration, but will run as a distinct 
application on a Linux desktop, and comes with a fairly complete 
web-based control mechanism. I see from the front page they have an 
Android remote control app too.

     I run mine off a USB stick, booting into XBMC when its plugged in, 
booting into a normal Linux box when its not. Plug in a standard 
Microsoft Media Center IR remote control and its pre-configure to go.

     Make sure you have a dig through the plugins and updates 
repository. There's lots of handy modes like YouTube streaming and so on.


Steve Castellotti

On 08/02/2010 02:34 PM, Michael Shiloh wrote:
> I have received a number of these suggested solutions, but my issue is 
> that they all seem like hacks. For one, this requires software on the 
> client other than a web browser. Easy enough for my Linux laptop, but 
> what about my girlfriend's Windows or Mac machines?
> I don't understand why this feature isn't built in to the apps in the 
> first place, for example, like cups. Surely I can't be the first to 
> want this feature?
> But perhaps I'm missing something fundamental
>> A no-extra-software-required solution:
>> a) turn on X11 forwarding in the sshd_config on the media player
>> b) ssh into the media player from your laptop
>> c) launch the media application from within the ssh session
>> d) have the gui frontend forwarded to your laptop

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