Originally Posted by Strider22
How do you intend to control this device?
How does the user interact with it to select the music to be played?
Are you thinking of an attached keyboard and monitor or an infrared port or via web pages from any other computer in the house?
Is the music supposed to play on speakers attached to this computer or does this computer stream the music to the requesting computer?
I'd suggest installing Xubuntu with the Ice desktop and using the various music programs to get comfortable with the choices so that you can make those decisions.
Since you talk about hanging it on the wall, I'm guessing you want to look at web players or infrared communications.
Have fun. Looks like a good learning experience.
the speakers will be usb external, stripped of there casings to be intergrated into the jukebox enclosure. the input method is via a touch resistive screen layer, so no keyboard.
i could use ubuntu, ive used it b4, but was primarily wondering ifa custom build would be a smaller package. the reasons behind the empty desktop is that it will only fire up one program and thats the jukebox application, that handles all functions such as playback, cataloging,playlists, encoding, info retrieval,auto detect functions etc.
the reason i was looking into linux was cos its not so restrictive, as the other option is a stripped out win98 distro using a custom built litestep desktop (like powerDVD/windows media edition menu etc)
the pc its self is an old 500Mhz, another reason for choosing linux as i can stil have fast operation.
to get a clear idea of this project, think of the standalone mp3 jukeboxes you find in pubs/bars/clubs.