Build-It: Save Money with a Linux Media Jukebox

For today's project, we show you how to build and configure an inexpensive media jukebox/server that can live in your entertainment center, and serve up media for your entire home network.

TiVo and broadband routers dont have a whole lot in common, except for the OS that powers them: Linux. Between its versatility, power and always-improving driver support, its now possible to put together a Linux-based home server in a small-footprint case that can store and display your digital photos, rip and then serve up audio, play MPEG videos (and DVDs), and even act as a TV/TiVo. How versatile you want this server to be depends on what gear you already have in your A/V rack. But at a minimum, this can be a great place to store your digital images, rip and store all your music, and have them all in one central location, both for your living room entertainment, and for viewing/listening from any other PC on your home network.

So with introductions out of the way, lets get down to business and get your home media jukebox up and running.

This story is organized into the following sections:

  • Design Goals & Parts List–What to buy and why.
  • OS and Samba Installation – getting the basics installed
  • Installing and Configuring the Freevo software