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    HTPC for local files !!!

    Hi,

    I use this PC mainly to watch music videos & movies. All these are locally stored. I rarely

    stream coz my network speed is not that great. I was wondering, how about installing a

    HTPC app for the purpose ? I know it doesnt really make sense unless the PC has a TV Tuner

    but I feel like having a good looking interface to browse through. vdpau is a must coz 90%

    of my videos are HD . I tried installing XBMC but they don't have a ppa for Natty.


    Please suggest one for me.
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    Re: HTPC for local files !!!

    it's not part of the standard multiverse/universe package, but the team-xbmc build works OK if you follow the regular install steps

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install python-software-properties pkg-config
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install xbmc xbmc-standalone
    sudo apt-get update
    there are 4 kinds of XBMC builds, stable, unstable, user-patched and SVN. if you want to use anything more advanced, use the XBMC forums to find out more details.

    if you're using a regular install of ubuntu, you will need to install updated video drivers or it will run at about 4 fps just in the menus. if you're already able to play videos smoothly using xine, totem, VLC or ffmpeg, etc. it shouldn't be a concern.

    once you're installed, you can add in updated skins and plugins at a later time, also via the forums, some of the built-in plugins are a bit shabby, but they can work really well with the more advanced features of XBMC once you figure them all out.

    if you want to create an auto-boot straight into XBMC, you can add

    Code:
    # xbmc-standalone
    description "Autostart XBMC"
    
    start on (filesystem and stopped udevtrigger)
    stop on runlevel [06]
    
    task
    console output
    emits starting-x
    
    script
    su xbmc -c "startx /etc/X11/Xsession /usr/bin/xbmc-standalone"
    end script
    to the file, /etc/init/xbmc.conf , if all the machine will do is play video and music files.

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    Re: HTPC for local files !!!

    @ toliman

    Added the XBMC PPA

    Code:
    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc
    Executing: gpg --ignore-time-conflict --no-options --no-default-keyring --secret-keyring /etc/apt/secring.gpg --trustdb-name /etc/apt/trustdb.gpg --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --primary-keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80/ --recv 189701DA570C56B9488EF60A6D975C4791E7EE5E
    gpg: requesting key 91E7EE5E from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
    gpg: key 91E7EE5E: "Launchpad PPA for XBMC for Linux" not changed
    gpg: Total number processed: 1
    gpg:              unchanged: 1
    Then did

    Code:
    $ sudo apt-get update
    Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org natty InRelease                             
    Ign http://download.virtualbox.org natty InRelease                            
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    Hit http://download.virtualbox.org natty Release.gpg                          
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    Get:1 http://extras.ubuntu.com natty Release.gpg [72 B]                       
    Hit http://download.virtualbox.org natty Release                              
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    Hit http://linux.dropbox.com natty Release                                    
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    Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org natty/non-free i386 Packages                
    Ign http://download.virtualbox.org natty/contrib TranslationIndex             
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable InRelease                                     
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    Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org natty/free TranslationIndex                 
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    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com natty/main TranslationIndex                      
    Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org natty/non-free TranslationIndex             
    Get:2 http://dl.google.com stable Release.gpg [198 B]                         
    Ign http://download.virtualbox.org natty/contrib Translation-en_US            
    Ign http://download.virtualbox.org natty/contrib Translation-en               
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty InRelease                                  
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release.gpg                                
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    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty InRelease                                 
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    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release                                    
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    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty Release.gpg                               
    Get:3 http://dl.google.com stable Release [1,347 B]                           
    Ign http://linux.dropbox.com natty/main Translation-en_US                     
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    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release                                    
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates Release.gpg                       
    Ign http://linux.dropbox.com natty/main Translation-en                        
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    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release                                    
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Sources                               
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main i386 Packages                         
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security Release.gpg                      
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main TranslationIndex                      
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Sources                               
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main i386 Packages                         
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main TranslationIndex                      
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty Release                                   
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main TranslationIndex                      
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Sources                      
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main i386 Packages                
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main TranslationIndex             
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates Release                           
    Get:4 http://dl.google.com stable/main i386 Packages [767 B]                  
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security Release                          
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/main Sources                              
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/restricted Sources                        
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/universe Sources                          
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/multiverse Sources                        
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/main i386 Packages                        
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/restricted i386 Packages                  
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/universe i386 Packages                    
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/multiverse i386 Packages                  
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/main TranslationIndex                     
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main TranslationIndex                         
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/multiverse TranslationIndex               
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/restricted TranslationIndex               
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/universe TranslationIndex                 
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/main Sources                      
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/restricted Sources                
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/universe Sources                  
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/multiverse Sources                
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/main i386 Packages                
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/restricted i386 Packages 
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/universe i386 Packages            
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/multiverse i386 Packages          
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/main TranslationIndex    
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/multiverse TranslationIndex       
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/restricted TranslationIndex       
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/universe TranslationIndex
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/main Sources            
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/restricted Sources               
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/universe Sources                 
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/multiverse Sources               
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/main i386 Packages               
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/restricted i386 Packages         
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/universe i386 Packages           
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/multiverse i386 Packages         
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/main TranslationIndex            
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/multiverse TranslationIndex      
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/restricted TranslationIndex      
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/universe TranslationIndex        
    Err http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Sources                               
      404  Not Found
    Err http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main i386 Packages                         
      404  Not Found
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Translation-en_US                     
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    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/main Translation-en_US                    
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/main Translation-en
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/multiverse Translation-en_US
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    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty/universe Translation-en_US
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    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/main Translation-en_US
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    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/multiverse Translation-en
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
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    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/universe Translation-en_US
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/universe Translation-en
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/main Translation-en_US
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    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/multiverse Translation-en_US
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    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/restricted Translation-en
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/universe Translation-en_US
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com natty-security/universe Translation-en
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en
    Fetched 2,384 B in 46s (51 B/s)
    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/ppa/ubuntu/dists/natty/main/source/Sources  404  Not Found
    
    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/ppa/ubuntu/dists/natty/main/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found
    
    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
    
    They have packages upto Maverick. I guess they dont have packages for Natty.

    Actually, in absence of a XBMC PPA for Natty I installed Mythv. But unfortunately MythTV is not too good with video playlists.

    Its really not that important don't bother.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by linuxyogi; July 12th, 2011 at 11:21 AM.
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    Re: HTPC for local files !!!

    @toliman

    Installed XBMC from the above PPA, just changed the Distribution (in Synaptic) from Natty to Maverick.
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