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kolepard
2005-10-30, 09:54
>for musicians that move around a lot, self-contained would have some
>advantages

I've often thought that the folks at Slim might benefit from making
such a device. What I picture is basically a small form-factor HTPC
case PC running a Linux distro with a Squeezebox built into it (VFD
on the front, audio out on the back) and a CD and hard drive in it.

This would be a stand alone box that you could be that would connect
to a network and run SlimServer. If you put a CD in it would rip it
to the hard drive. Running SlimServer, it could support Squeezeboxes
as clients through the rest of the house.

You could put the whole thing together with open-source software, but
still have a plug-and-play solution to the non-technical, which is
the same audience to whom things like the Olive appeal.

One of the complaints I hear a lot regards hardware not being fast
enough, etc. For those of us who don't mind fussing--though for me
the fuss has been virtually non-existent--installing SlimServer on a
computer of our own is fine. Many of us (most?) have old machines
gathering dust that work great as dedicated servers.

For others, being able to buy a box that was built and designed to
work as the server module and then installing the client
Squeezeboxes, would probably be a good option. Buying a SlimServer
box would ensure that you had a hardware/software combination that
played nicely together. And then you could add client Squeezeboxen
to your heart's content.

I'd be surprised if the folks at Slim haven't already kicked this
idea around the block a few times.

Just a ramble.

Kevin
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Kevin O. Lepard
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Happiness is being 100% Microsoft free.

pfarrell
2005-10-30, 10:11
On Sun, 2005-10-30 at 08:54 -0800, Kevin O. Lepard wrote:
> This would be a stand alone box that you could be that would connect
> to a network and run SlimServer. If you put a CD in it would rip it
> to the hard drive. Running SlimServer, it could support Squeezeboxes
> as clients through the rest of the house.

> I'd be surprised if the folks at Slim haven't already kicked this
> idea around the block a few times.

Sounds like an opportunity for an entrepreneur to grab.
I can't speak for SD, but the key to a successful small business is
focus. Find a thing, do it well.

Your idea is another business, integrating SqueezeBoxes and a few
other parts into a different product. Might even work.
I know that the audiophile folks would much prefer a plug-n-play
solution to worrying about networks and servers and all that stuff.
Tom's Hardware has a article about building a game machine, complete for
$500, with fast video and CPU. A SB-server would trade a bigger disk
for the fast CPU and video. Throw in the SB display, sell it for a grand
and make big bucks.

Some one will.

--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html