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Old 05-27-2014, 10:38 AM   #1
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Building the OS - youtube, wifi, music, remote control


So - if it's not really the place to post here, i am terribly sorry, but from previous experience, I found the linux community absolutely helpful in the past.

Here is the situation: I know a bit about computers, enough to bravely disasemble them and put them back together. I have an old EVO n600C laptop, and going to build it into the furniture of the balcony to operate as a music station. I need help building the Linux os for it, since I am absolutely noob to the OS (and modern operation systems are absolutely off limit since... well, they wouldn't run. tried XP, but gave up after a few hours)

Information about the laptop:
Damn long link here


What I need help with:
- A minimalistic linux with minimal requirements
- Able to play music from USB drive (or HDD ofc)
- If possible, flashplayer to connect to youtube lists
- Driver for TL-WN322G to connect to network
- Remote control by android phone or another computer (windows based), but that's absolutely optional.
 
Old 05-27-2014, 12:18 PM   #2
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I think most of the distros listed in this article will cover your needs.

http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/0...stros-of-2014/

My recomendation is that you test the distros using live-usb or live-cds, before choosing what will you install. That way you will know if you have any hardware incompatibilities.

http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/Noteboo...7#.U4TGi_ldXOM

As for mp3 support and youtube support, it will depend of what distro you will choose to install, but I think that many of them shuould have non-free codecs in their repos, so I don't think that could be a problem.

Also I don't think any distro would have problems playing from the hdd or from other media if properly configured.

Hope this helps
 
Old 05-27-2014, 12:20 PM   #3
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Hello and welcome to LQ.
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and modern operation systems are absolutely off limit
Nope, they are not, only modern Windows versions are off-limit for such a system.

Anyways, building a minimalist Linux from ground up for that system is quite easy if you have the time to learn the basics. In the meantime you might be interested in distributions that are meant for such old systems, like antiX.
To your points:
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- A minimalistic linux with minimal requirements
Any Linux will do, if you stick to a lightweight desktop environment or just use a simple window manager. Which one of the lightweight solutions you can use depends on how much RAM you have in that machine.
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- Able to play music from USB drive (or HDD ofc)
Linux has a whole bunch of media players available, from very simple ones to those with media library integration.
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- If possible, flashplayer to connect to youtube lists
To be honest, while the Flashplayer is available on Linux it is a resource hog and that system may simply be to slow to use it in a reasonable way. Happily solutions like Minitube are available, which will give you access to Youtube without using the Flashplayer, worked for me on a system with even worse specs than yours.
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- Driver for TL-WN322G to connect to network
From what I read on the Internet this device should work out of the box.
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- Remote control by android phone or another computer (windows based), but that's absolutely optional.
Never tried it with a phone, but you can use a VNC connection from almost any OS to connect to thjat computer and control it.
 
Old 05-27-2014, 03:24 PM   #4
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Thanks for the quick replies, I'll try it tomorrow, it's kind of late here
 
  


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