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Old 06-04-2004, 04:48 AM   #1
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Is There a Linux Alternative to Windows Media Center

I really like the feel of Windows Media Center, there's just one major problem: It's Windoze, which-in standard Microsoft fashion-has real problems with my computer(like freezing all the time-mostly when I'm right in the middle of a large, unsaved project)... Well that and the fact that you can only get it if it's pre-installed on a new machine. Anyhow I was just wondering if there was a really good, visually apealling media player/organizer out there. Preferably with a nice full-screen interface.
Old 06-04-2004, 05:23 AM   #2
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I've read in a few places that some people may be working on something - searches in sourceforge and freshmeat turn up nothing of any real substance - yet :-)

Old 06-25-2004, 06:55 AM   #3
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Have a look at :-)
Old 10-08-2004, 07:12 PM   #4
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This post is a little late but, thanks for the info. I've actually started designing media player similar to WMC but with a few enhancements... My plan is to make it's interface web based... Been weighing a few options there... PHP/DHTML? or Java? using PHP and DHTML I'll be able to piece it together pretty easy and it will be light-weight... Java will prolly give me a bit more control but I'll have to learn it first... plus I'm just not a fan of Java... another option is Flash... which I'm also not a big fan of but should do the job pretty durn well... and will be a lot easier than learning Java... But at the same time, Java will give me the ability to build the prog into a stand-alone app... Well, really that's kindof a farce... because you'd still need Java to run it...

Anyhow, the idea is to create a WMC style interface that is accessible over a network, so for instance, at home I could set up a server with a collection of CDs and my WMP(Web Media Player) and be able to access it from any computer running any OS and still have a nice UI.

Anyhow, I'm working on piecing together my website right now and I'll put any progress there but I don't have a URL for ya.

PS. If anyone is actually watching this thread, please post any ideas, comments, whatever here... I'll be getting set up with my own forum soon but for now...


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