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Linux for DVD/Multimedia

MyLongNickName (822545) writes | more than 9 years ago

Linux Business 9

Never used Linux before.

Here is what I want to do:
I have a guest bedroom with PC that I use for business purposes. I want to have a separate partion (or live CD) that will allow guests to boot and play DVD's and/or CD's.

I want boot times to be as quick as possible, and I want the interface to be very simple. Ideally, it would be as easy as "put DVD in drive, turn on PC, wait 15 seconds, movie starts".

Any thoughts on where to begin?

Never used Linux before.

Here is what I want to do:
I have a guest bedroom with PC that I use for business purposes. I want to have a separate partion (or live CD) that will allow guests to boot and play DVD's and/or CD's.

I want boot times to be as quick as possible, and I want the interface to be very simple. Ideally, it would be as easy as "put DVD in drive, turn on PC, wait 15 seconds, movie starts".

Any thoughts on where to begin?

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Not sure... (1)

Evro (18923) | more than 9 years ago | (#12785410)

Not sure how to do the dual/multi-boot thing. I imagine grub or LILO is what you want for choosing a partition from which to boot. But how are people supposed to put the disc in and THEN turn the machine on?

Re:Not sure... (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 9 years ago | (#12786025)

Errrrm... Good point :)

I did find GeexBox which does a a lot of what I want, except it is a live-cd instead of a disk partition.

I'd still like to poke around and see what else is out there. Maybe at some point I'll be brave enough to look at the source.

Wonder if it is C or a C variant...

Re:Not sure... (1)

siphi (732622) | more than 9 years ago | (#12794137)

you can put geexbox on the hdd..instructions on the geexbox wesbite.

Copy the contents of GeexBox? (1)

El Icaro (816679) | more than 9 years ago | (#12791529)

Couldn't you somehow copy the contents of the cd to a small partition? And make it bootable?

Re:Copy the contents of GeexBox? (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 9 years ago | (#12791539)

Actually, digging into the CD, there is this option. I will play with it and see how it works. I want to try it on a PC with less valuable informatino on it though... I back up my computer regularly, but I am sure there is a program or two I'd have a hard time replacing :)

My two-year old's PC might work nicely though... he only has one game on it, and it would take all of ten minutes to reinstall :)

The obvious answer... (1)

seinman (463076) | more than 9 years ago | (#12792180)

Just put a standalone DVD player in there? You can get a small TV pretty damn cheap these days.

Re:The obvious answer... (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 9 years ago | (#12792360)

You must be new here :)

I do something (1)

rbochan (827946) | more than 9 years ago | (#12794471)

similar with an older laptop I have. It's a little more interactive than what you're doing (due to a manual login) but you should be able to make it less so. The machine in question is running Debian unstable, with the latest and greatest codecs [mplayerhq.hu] installed to cover the various media types. Along with Xine and a couple of customized files, it works well for my purposes.

The customized files are as follows: .xinitrc

exec xine


and at the bottom of a vanilla .bash_profile is the line:

ps ax|grep -q "[ ]`which X`" || startx


What these 2 files do is a) run Xine, with no window manager and b) fire up X automatically upon login. The login is simple enough, and I do believe there's a way to 'auto-login' without using a login manager, but I've never needed to bother with that and haven't researched it.

The result is a screen with _nothing_ but Xine and it's function bar on the screen... no wm, no borders, no nothing else. This old 233/128 meg laptop can run fullscreen mpeg across the network and divx locally, and it's simple enough that a 5 year old is able to use it. Xine has enough skins and what not that there's something that's usable and easy enough to figure out for just about anyone.

Combine that with a lilo/grub config that defaults to that boot with a few seconds for your geek self to choose another boot and you might have a viable way to go.

Movix (1)

CableModemSniper (556285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12795409)

http://movix.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net] Originaly started off as a liveCD but it can boot off the HD now. It just brings up a console interface to mplayer. (It's also capable of being netbooted).
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