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Old 09-16-2006, 02:20 PM   #1
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Music player system


Hi,

I have some old hardware around that I want to build a system just for the purpose of playing music connected to an amp.

Since I'm knew to Linux (except trying a few LiveCDs), I don't know which distro suits what I need.

Need:
- MP3 player with simple features like browse artist, album etc
- Playlist
- Quick browser kind of like menu so I can see all folders
- Can attach a picture for each album (not essential but would be nice )
- Quick boot up and ready to use and play
- In future I might want access and use with a remote control (if possible) or via wifi.
- Distro needs to be suitable for < 500mhz

Basically don't need no Word processor or anything. I've tried Geexbox and Movix before but they are not what I'm looking for except I like the fact that for both distros there is no "desktop" and is ready to use.

From what I gather, I know you can take out whatever you want and rebuild a distro, but to me it is so confusing.
Obviously I also don't know how to install Linux as well so I'm looking for simpler solution if there is one.

Anyone got any suggestions?

Thanks.

Last edited by fantomx; 09-16-2006 at 02:24 PM.
 
Old 09-16-2006, 08:01 PM   #2
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If it were me, I'd start with a lightweight distro like DSL (DamnSmallLinux), Puppy, Feather or SLAX. They are all live CDs with HD install options so you can get used to them as a live CD, pick one you like and install it to your HD. Then install MPD on it which is a media player with a client-server setup. Once that is up and running, you can install clients on any networked PCs and control it from anywhere in your house
 
Old 09-17-2006, 01:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for posting.

I'll try DSL. I'd like to install MPD with the Gnome Music Player client (Gmpc) but on the website it says" gmpc requires GTK+ 2.8 or better", (might be a stupid question) do I need to install Gnome or just the GTK+ ?
 
Old 09-18-2006, 12:05 AM   #4
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Just GTK, I use gmpc here without Gnome installed and it works fine. Without gnome-vfs you lose the ability to play streams but who cares? Just specify --disable-gnome at configure time and you should be right
 
Old 09-18-2006, 03:36 PM   #5
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Excellent, I'll try it soon. Thanks for the help
 
  


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