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    Question MEdia server with web interface

    Hi,

    My Ubuntu server (Oneric) box is sat sitting vastly under utilised. It's currently running as an FTP server and also has DNSMasq installed, so I thought I'd go about setting up a media server, but have hit so many brick walls it's unreal!

    • I've used firefly in the past, but mt-daapd is no longer maintained
    • I tried Ampache but could not for love nor money to get it to stream a playlist (It would create a playlist and add to it, but you can't add to a currently playing list on the fly, or I'm doing something very wrong!)
    • Thought I'd have a crack at forked-mtdaapd but that lacks a web interface.
    • Jinzora looked good but their site never seems to load from here.
    • VLC is a no go as it's Ubuntu server so no GUI


    So, the question is, what else is there out there?

    I need something that will ideally stream music and movies (music is more important though) and will let me add to a playlist whilst it's currently playing.

    A web interface for my family is a must.

    For the time being, it will be streaming to other PCs but other devices may come along at some point.

    Any suggestions are more than welcome!
    Iain

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    Re: MEdia server with web interface

    Jinzora is my current recommendation, although I haven't used it too much. It seems that it can stream video as well, but I'm only using it for audio at the moment. Not only will it stream to your default media player, it can also use an embedded player, but that's farther than I had to go in the tutorial. My main computer has automatic 5.1 upmixing that wouldn't be available with embedding. Anyway, I just put Jinzora on my 11.04 server last night. Here's the sourceforge link:

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/jinzora/

    and heres the steps i used to install it:

    http://maketecheasier.com/how-to-ins...ntu/2008/08/25

    Don't know whether you'll have the same problem, but I noticed that the install pages seem to take a long frickin time to load. They do eventually load though, and the main interface loaded just fine. Also, with jinzora3, for some reason, the file jinzora.cfg.php got renamed to jinzora_cfg.php in step 8 so i had to save it and manually add it to the server.

    Hope that helps your Jinzora install

    BC
    http://bcboy.dyndns.org/
    Last edited by bcboybuzz; October 15th, 2011 at 09:08 PM. Reason: elaboration

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    Re: MEdia server with web interface

    Didn't think about searching sourceforge for it! Doh!

    I've currently just found http://www.subsonic.org/pages/index.jsp and am very impressed with it especially the way it handles movies

    Do you feel Jinzora is better, or just different? If it offers a lot over Subsonic I'll give it a whirl tomorrows¬!

    Thanks
    Iain

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    Re: MEdia server with web interface

    Hmmmm..... trying to install Jinzora, and it just refuses to read the index.php after I've run the config.sh

    Placed in the root of my www directory just get a 404 each time I try to load it.....

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    Re: MEdia server with web interface

    Quote Originally Posted by monkeypigs View Post
    Didn't think about searching sourceforge for it! Doh!

    I've currently just found http://www.subsonic.org/pages/index.jsp and am very impressed with it especially the way it handles movies

    Do you feel Jinzora is better, or just different? If it offers a lot over Subsonic I'll give it a whirl tomorrows¬!

    Thanks
    Iain
    Unknown. I've only just built my server, and have only tried Jinzora and Ampache (ampache is too limited for my happiness). I have had some difficulties with Jinzora, so I'll be checking out subsonic tonight. Thanks for the tip.

    EDIT: First impressions, I like subsonic a lot more than Jinzora...might be making a change to my server



    Quote Originally Posted by monkeypigs View Post
    Hmmmm..... trying to install Jinzora, and it just refuses to read the index.php after I've run the config.sh

    Placed in the root of my www directory just get a 404 each time I try to load it.....
    I have a website in place already (http://bcboy.dyndns.org/ shameless plug ftw) so I installed to /var/www/jinzora. As I mentioned, it took an exceptionally long time to load index.php the first time, several minutes in fact. Perhaps your browser is timing it out?

    BC
    Last edited by bcboybuzz; October 16th, 2011 at 12:27 AM.

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    Re: MEdia server with web interface

    I've had a look at some screenshots and Jinzora is out of the question now!

    One thing I did find with Subsonic is that it struggles with some video files, audio is out of sync.
    This is down to the default config only having 100Mb RAM usage.
    I've got 1.7Gb on my server and it's never used more than 400 Mb RAM before I installed Subsonic so I've upped it's memory to 768Mb RAM and it plays video real smooth now.

    Code:
    pico /etc/default/subsonic
    Change

    Code:
    SUBSONIC_ARGS="--max-memory=100"
    to
    Code:
    SUBSONIC_ARGS="--max-memory=768"
    and restart subsonic

    Code:
    /etc/init.d/subsonic restart

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    Re: MEdia server with web interface

    Quote Originally Posted by monkeypigs View Post
    Hi,
    but mt-daapd is no longer maintained
    It is still amazing though and available through the Ubuntu repos.

    I have tried Subsonic and Jinzora and I like them both. I am currently using Jinzora but that is only because I had been using it for ages and I know how use to it (I also don't like change ). Subsonic is very pretty and very nice though. I think it's embedded player is much better than Jinzora's.

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    Re: MEdia server with web interface

    Subsonic is way better than mt-daap or firefly, i love the ability to sync to a phone and have your own personal cloud of music. damn glad i found this thread

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    Re: MEdia server with web interface

    Have also been using mt-daapd for years and am very sad to see it not supported in 11.10.

    I've been playing with forked-daapd, but

    a) it doesn't seem to read my iTunes playlists (mt-daapd did)
    b) it cuts off maybe every 1.5 songs, log file says "connection failed"

    if anyone gets mt-dappd to compile, PLEASE post instructions.

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    Re: MEdia server with web interface

    Quote Originally Posted by kleverbear View Post
    Subsonic is way better than mt-daap or firefly, i love the ability to sync to a phone and have your own personal cloud of music. damn glad i found this thread
    looking at the subsonic page.. does it

    a) serve as a DAAP server?
    b) how about DLNA?

    thanks,
    Mike

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