Just checking this out at work, and I can't wait to get home & try installing JapelServer on my media storage box! I'm a huge Ubuntu newbie, but I will probably try to create some notes as I go & maybe produce some "documentation" to help others get it working.
Use MediaTomb which is in the usual Ubuntu repos .. Synaptic will provide actual app and underlying daemon.
Works quite nicely 8)
Well, I didn't try other options than uShare and Wine+Orb.
My main goal is to have my video, music and pics library available to my xbox360.
Orb is perfect because it sorts your media accordingly (pics in dates, music in genre and artist and albums, and videos in folders), which is very helpful to find that special file. Orb can even stream youtube videos (and probably web radios, but I'm not sure). Unfortunately, installation is a bit hard because it shows no characters, just buttons. You should install using a how-to with screenshots. More than that, sometimes it just becomes quiet in the middle of a music. Xbox360 keeps counting music time, but it will never change to the next music. Also, in pictures library, it works just with some small files, and not with the photos...
For videos, the most important feature for me in Orb is the possibility to show subtitles through ffdshow, and the transcoding, because of the poor xbox360 video capabilities.
This is my impression for orb.
uShare worked once, but I don't use it anymore because it shows all my files in a single directory. And it does not transcode video files.
But in the last posts here, I found MediaTomb, which could be an option for me. But reading MediaTomb documentation, it has no support for xbox360.
I just don't know what to do, since there are different options for different jobs that could be done by using just one software. When will we have an Orb port for linux? Does anybody have a newer comment on that? Because the latest release on their site is dated November 2009.
It's closed source and commercial, but I use Twonkymedia Server. It does everything that Orb and Tversity can, even streaming to a Wii.
There's a 30 day trial, and it's 30 bucks after that, but I just keep deleting the "~/home/.twonky" directory and the trial resets.
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Total slaughter. Total slaughter. I won't leave a single man alive. La di da de die, Genocide. La di da de dud, An ocean of blood. Let's begin the killing time.
It doesn't do everything Orb does. Not even close. It cannot place-shift video to other computers and iPhones and Android devices. It can serve as a DLNA/uPNP server though. There's lots of software that can do that, though, including the free and very useful MediaTomb.
I own a copy of twonky, myself and I'll say it's great software, but not the same as Orb.
There are, however, some indications that Orb may be coming to Linux. Go to AppBrain.com and look at the listing for the Orb Live software. It says that they're working on a Linux server.
Time will tell.
I also have this issue nearly 6 years on, still no alternative? I love Linux but want Orb style software