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

Steve Castellotti steve at theProfessionalAmateur.com
Mon Aug 2 15:40:23 PDT 2010

     Oh, and one more quick suggestion-

     Run your normal media player inside a VNC session.

     You can attach to the session from the same computer, from your 
laptop, or from your girlfriend's windows/mac system.

     If web-based is critical just use a java applet or flash-based VNC 
client (c:



On 08/02/2010 03:36 PM, Steve Castellotti wrote:
>     Have a look at XBMC:
> http://xbmc.org
>     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.
> Cheers
> 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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