Ubuntu Home Media Server

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by lgwells1, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. lgwells1
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    I am fixing my old desktop PC, I just loaded Ubuntu 12.04. just a few final touches and it will be done. I have two iPhones, an iPad, jailbroken Apple TV 2, and a MBP. what I want to do is to load all of our media onto the server and stream it to all of our devices. what software should I be getting since I don't think there is an iTunes build for Ubuntu 12.04. I would also like to share the printer from the server to all of our devices if that is possible.
     
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    Check out Plex.

    It encodes the video on the fly and streams it to your devices (unlike XBMC that uses codecs loaded onto the AppleTV that I find really buggy)

    I use this in my house with jailbroken Apple TV 2s, several laptops and desktops and iOS and android devices. Works great. The iOS and Android devices also function as remotes.

    I also have the server application loaded on my MacBook so that I can take an AppleTV and an Airport Express when I visit my girlfriend on weekends.

    The Linux software is server only and will handle your video and audio needs. Also Plex was the only software I found that worked with 5.1 audio every time.

    The only thing that will cost you anything is 4.99 for the iOS app.
     
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    I just found an application called PlayonLinux. Apparently it will let me install iTunes on Ubuntu. I will have to try this out later.
     
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    Well, I could not get iTunes on Ubuntu as of this morning. Keeps popping up with some errors after installing with PlayOnLinux. I was really hoping this would work. I do have XBMC on my Apple TV 2 though, guess I could just install it on Ubuntu as well.


    Any ideas welcome.
     

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