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    Knoppix as a multimedia server?

    I got an extra box, so I installed Knoppix 3.3 on it.

    I want to set it up as a multimedia server, and have no keyboard, mouse, or crt to it. Basically play ogg/mp3s thru my home stereo via another computer.

    Could anyone recommend like a desktop emulator to do this under Linux?

    thanks

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    Try running a vncserver so you can work grapically from another computer with your knoppix desktop in a vnc client window.

    I think the command to start a vncserver is something like

    vncserver -geomtery 1024x768 hostname:1

    Then you'd run a vnc client on another computer and connect to hostname:1

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    Any special settings for X?

    How is the connection made, SSH? Do I have to do anything special to set that up?

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    Re: Knoppix as a multimedia server?

    Quote Originally Posted by JockVSJock
    I got an extra box, so I installed Knoppix 3.3 on it.

    I want to set it up as a multimedia server, and have no keyboard, mouse, or crt to it. Basically play ogg/mp3s thru my home stereo via another computer.

    Could anyone recommend like a desktop emulator to do this under Linux?

    thanks
    I used to have a setup like this. I would ssh into the media box and play tunes via mp3blaster (you can apt-get it). Mp3blaster is a very cool ncurses mp3/ogg player. Of course if you can ssh into it and it is a reasonably fast box, you could also run a gui app like rhythmbox (which is a great multimedia jukebox). Another option is running something like Zina or Netjuke. That way you could access the media box from any machine on your network with a browser. You can find Zina and Netjuke at the following pages.

    http://www.pancake.org/zina.html
    http://netjuke.sourceforge.net/

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    ah ya, streaming audio.

    I could also set that up on this box, since I have pretty decent hardware.

    thanks for the idea.

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    I just start GDM on my xbox and on my desktop 'X -query ip_address' of it to login to it and run whatever program there. audio is easy as it defaults to that machine(needs to install esound if I want it to go to my machine). For video, have to tell it to use the frame buffer console instead, so I watch DVD/VCD on TV through xbox, controlled from my PC.

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    I should have mentioned this before, but another option you will want to check out (especially if this is going to be a dedicated box) is Knoppmyth even though Knoppmyth is tv/video oriented it also can be used soley to play music. It has a great interface too. I'm planning on building one of these boxes as soon as I get enough money for the pvr-350 tv card.

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    Re: Knoppix as a multimedia server?

    Quote Originally Posted by aay
    Quote Originally Posted by JockVSJock
    I got an extra box, so I installed Knoppix 3.3 on it.

    I want to set it up as a multimedia server, and have no keyboard, mouse, or crt to it. Basically play ogg/mp3s thru my home stereo via another computer.

    Could anyone recommend like a desktop emulator to do this under Linux?

    thanks
    I used to have a setup like this. I would ssh into the media box and play tunes via mp3blaster (you can apt-get it). Mp3blaster is a very cool ncurses mp3/ogg player. Of course if you can ssh into it and it is a reasonably fast box, you could also run a gui app like rhythmbox (which is a great multimedia jukebox). Another option is running something like Zina or Netjuke. That way you could access the media box from any machine on your network with a browser. You can find Zina and Netjuke at the following pages.

    http://www.pancake.org/zina.html
    http://netjuke.sourceforge.net/

    Thanks for the tip on mp3blater, I have been using that for the last few days to play audio. Just ssh into the box and running it and it works like a charm.

    When I get more time, I do want to setup the other apps that you and others have mentioned in this thread.

    thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by arkaine23
    Try running a vncserver so you can work grapically from another computer with your knoppix desktop in a vnc client window.

    I think the command to start a vncserver is something like

    vncserver -geomtery 1024x768 hostname:1

    Then you'd run a vnc client on another computer and connect to hostname:1
    What about using KDE Desktop Manager, I was looking thru a few past threads on the forum and found that.

    Is there like a step-by-step direction for using this from both Linux/Windows box using SSH?

    thanks

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