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Old 08-28-2006, 03:55 AM   #1
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Stream music and video accross a network

I am a complete newbie and am trying to find a program for Ubuntu 6.06 that will allow me to stream music from my machine running win XP to my linux based pc ie over my LAN.
Does anyone know of a program that will allow me to do this without importing the files directly to my Linux based PC.
I have a program called "MEDIO" that allows this in win XP with a nice interface -a bit like win media center -but I can't find anything similar in Linux.
many thanks
Old 08-28-2006, 07:59 AM   #2
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check out icecast,
may be what your looking for.
Old 08-28-2006, 10:22 AM   #3
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I use Samba and VLC (Linux server, Windows clients), its not exactly streaming, since all the decoding is done client side. If you mount your XP shared folder using:

$mount -t smb // /sharedmountpoint

Then all of the contents of that shared folder will be available locally. Then you can use Xine or MPlayer to watch the videos from your XP machine over the network.

If you're looking for a media player frontend, Freevo and MythTV are popular. I use freevo, its more modular than MythTV. Myth was really designed to be an open source alternative to Tivo. Freevo is much more of a media player/media center (although it also has the Tivo options).

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Old 08-28-2006, 04:32 PM   #4
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Actually, VLC will stream from your windows box to your linux box.

You can do this either via the vlc wizard, or by command line, whatever. I used to do it all the time, and I still stream from vlc on linux over both lan and wan.

basically, vlc will stream via whatever port you choose, so let's assume 8000.

hence, you have vlc on windows xp box, port 8000.

on your *nix box, in vlc network stream dialog you will input, and you have it.

the docs are pretty good, and the wizard allows you to determine how you want the stream sent (raw, transcoded, etc.)

for simplicity's sake, i would recommend using vlc on both client and server sides.

Old 08-29-2006, 03:29 AM   #5
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Many thanks

Wow what a helpful bunch you are
I shall give it a try and report back
Thanks again


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