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mherger
2007-07-02, 13:27
I'm happy to announce SlimCD 1.87. Thanks to Ron F. SlimCD will now play
almost any format available in SlimServer out of the box: aac (m4a),
aac+ (m3u streaming test), Apple Lossless (m4a), mp2, mp3, ogg, ape, mpc,
flac, wav, wma - 9.2 lossy, wma 9.2 lossless, and wma 10.

It's now available from the following URL:

http://www.herger.net/SlimCD

SlimCD is a complete operating system which will boot from CD. It features
all you need to run SlimServer including some of the community's favourite
plugins. Your SlimServer will be up and running within a few minutes
without the need to install anything!

Have fun!

Michael

mherger
2007-07-02, 13:33
> I'm happy to announce SlimCD 1.87. Thanks to Ron F. SlimCD will now play
> almost any format available in SlimServer out of the box: aac (m4a),
> aac+ (m3u streaming test), Apple Lossless (m4a), mp2, mp3, ogg, ape, mpc,
> flac, wav, wma - 9.2 lossy, wma 9.2 lossless, and wma 10.

Oh, I forgot the Real streams, thanks to AlienBBC :-)

Michael

Club1820
2007-07-04, 21:45
OK. Please excuse my ignorance and enlighten me as to why there is a need for this? I can only think that using this cd, then your pc is used only as a SS and its resources arent used up by other apps.

Is that correct? Am I on the right track.

Again, thanks.

Mark Lanctot
2007-07-04, 21:54
It's a SlimServer and an OS on a disc.

No installation, just pop it in, reboot and instant SlimServer. It won't even touch any installed OS on the hard drive either.

Yes, you can't run anything you had previously installed on the hard drive, but you can browse the web. You can also set up some server utilities if you hack it a bit.

mherger
2007-07-04, 23:25
> I can only think that using this cd, then your pc is
> used only as a SS and its resources arent used up by other apps.

Additionally to what Mark said you can use it as a temporary, mobile
slimserver at your parent's home, to be installed on a flash card to be
used in a (low) no-noise system, for demoing purposes, to prove AlienBBC
can be run on your machine, or to install it on a thin client. I didn't
know about the latter until someone did...

> Is that correct? Am I on the right track.

Yes, it's sole purpose is running SlimServer. If many users (we're
approaching 10'000 downloads) are using it differently, then it's thanks
to their creativity.

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Michael

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Dirk
2007-07-08, 11:28
Hi,

I have been thinking of installing linux but your slimCD is just what I am looking for - a small footprint and small system resources.

I have installed SlimCD and have slimserver operational - streaming radio now, but I am have a hard drive getting my music to scan. I have 3 extenal USB hard drives with what was my K:Music drive from XP Pro as the root drive with short cuts to the other 2 drives. I have mounted all 3 drives but can not get the directory setting to see a valid directory.

Any ideas / assistance would be appreciated.

Thanks

Ron F.
2007-07-09, 00:09
Dirk,

Are you still having trouble?

I think your external drives should show up something like /dev/sda1, /dev/sdb1, and /dev/sdc1. I am not at my own SlimCD setup right now, but I will tomorrow, and if nobody has sent you better help, I will send you the mounting commands I am using myself.

-Ron

Dirk
2007-07-09, 05:15
Ron,

Yes, would appreciate your help once you get back to your computer.
Thanks

mherger
2007-07-09, 06:17
Hi Dirk

> 3 extenal USB hard drives with what was my K:Music drive from XP Pro as
> the root drive with short cuts to the other 2 drives.

The idea on the Linux system is the same as on Windows: create one main
folder you're using as the music folder in SlimServer. Then have
links/shortcuts pointing to the other drives. In Linux you do this by
creating symlinks. Go to your music folder and create a link running "ln
-s /mnt/sdX disk1" - replace the sdX with the different mount points of
your drives.

Michael

Dirk
2007-07-09, 17:43
Hi Dirk
[color=blue]

In Linux you do this by
creating symlinks. Go to your music folder and create a link running "ln
-s /mnt/sdX disk1" - replace the sdX with the different mount points of
your drives.

Michael

Excellent - now how do I navigate in the slimCD/ DSL linux OS to add the symlinks? I used the mount utility to add the drives but saw no way to explore a particular drive so that I could add this syntax?
Thanks

Ron F.
2007-07-09, 23:36
Dirk,

Ultimately, you are going to want to edit your /etc/fstab file to contain entries for each off the three USB drives you have attached (that is a lot of drives!)

These text entries will look something like:
/dev/sda1 /Music/diskA vfat defaults,utf8,umask=000,uid=1000,gid=1000 0 1
/dev/sdb1 /Music/diskB vfat defaults,utf8,umask=000,uid=1000,gid=1000 0 1
/dev/sdc1 /Music/diskC vfat defaults,utf8,umask=000,uid=1000,gid=1000 0 1

where defaults should include read/write permissions. You could follow defaults with “ro” as in “defaults,ro,”… to restrict permissions to read-only. With these lines in fstab, the drives will be mounted when the system boots. Your uid and gid values might have to be different.

For this to work however, you will have to have created these directories as root under /, or wherever you want to place them, example:
sudo mkdir /Music
sudo chmod ugo+r /Music

sudo mkdir /Music/diskA /Music/diskB /Music/diskC
sudo chmod ugo+r /Music/diskA /Music/diskB /Music/diskC

I strongly recommend reading Peter W.’s wiki page on mounting USB drives under Linux:
http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.cgi?MusicOnLinuxUSBHardDrives

Now, you just have to specify /Music in Slimserver’s Music folder field.

Since I might have made a mistake above – your mileage will probably vary, but I hope it is helpful. I keep all of my music on a single 750 Gbyte drive.

I am assuming you made an HDD install of SlimCD, rather than a frugal install? Otherwise, you will have to do some work to save these changes, to make them permanent.

-Ron

Ron F.
2007-07-10, 00:26
OK. Please excuse my ignorance and enlighten me as to why there is a need for this? I can only think that using this cd, then your pc is used only as a SS and its resources arent used up by other apps.

Is that correct? Am I on the right track.

Again, thanks.

A few of us have centered a complete music server around SlimCD. I use a small VIA-based fanless nano-ITX machine with SlimCD installed on a 1 GByte IDE flash card, with 256 mbytes of RAM. Attached via USB I have a 750 GByte HDD.

In the attached photo, the HDD on the left is the Seagate 750 GByte drive, the nano-ITX machine is in the middle, and my Netgear wireless router is on the right. Anything making use of the server reaches it via the wireless router.

The small device on the top of the server is a broadband cellphone data modem. It is connected to the server via USB, and it serves as a PPP connection to my cellphone carrier. It is active semi-permanently, and I have activated the Linux firewall in SlimCD, so it is also serving as an internet gateway for everything else I have, including when I connect my SB3 to Squeezenetwork, or surf the web with my wireless laptop.

The whole thing is completely self contained and headless, and plugged into a cheap UPS - which has already been used successfully in a power failure:) I use putty/ssh for administration and smbfs to move newly ripped files to the HDD. I rip CDs on my wireless laptop.

I have been running SlimCD on this hardware as my music server for a couple of months now without rebooting. I have had this SlimCD setup driving as many as 3 SB3s at once, with a different stream to each one - no sweat. I am very happy with this music server.

-Ron

jhenderson010759
2007-07-22, 10:25
Currently, I am running SlimServer under WinXP home on a dedicated server and everything works well. I maintain my music collection as FLACs. However, my kids have a lot of music stored as MP3s, and I don't like to intermingle their music collection with mine.

Initially, I used the SlimServer on my Infrant NAS to serve up the kids files, but it is so unbelievably, fantastically slow that it is virtually unusable.

So, I thought I'd use SlimCD under VMWare to implement a second
SlimServer. SlimCD boots fine, but I can't see figure out how to mount the NAS into the SlimCD environment.

As I understand it, I must edit the /etc/fstab file to add a reference to the NAS, but the only editor I see is sed, which seems clumsy to use. Is there an easier way to configure the system to mount my network NAS?

Secondly, must I first save the SlimCD configuration to the VM hard disk in order for any of my config changes to be retained?

mherger
2007-07-22, 13:44
> So, I thought I'd use SlimCD under VMWare to implement a second
> SlimServer. SlimCD boots fine, but I can't see figure out how to mount
> the NAS into the SlimCD environment.

You'll have to use smbmount. Something like
smbmount //myserver/yourmusic /mnt/music -o username=abc, password=xyz

....where abc is the user who is allowed to mount the yourmusic share on
the NAS.

> As I understand it, I must edit the /etc/fstab file to add a reference
> to the NAS, but the only editor I see is sed, which seems clumsy to
> use. Is there an easier way to configure the system to mount my
> network NAS?

Just run the above command. Once it does its job fine, add the line to
/opt/bootlocal.sh using "nano /opt/bootlocal.sh". nano is a basic text
editor, but much easier to use than sed :-).

> Secondly, must I first save the SlimCD configuration to the VM hard
> disk in order for any of my config changes to be retained?

If you're running it in a VM, I wouldn't even bother installing it. Just
mount slimcd.iso as your CD drive, create a small disk of a few hundred MB
on which to backup the machine's configuration. Then add the disk's
partition to /opt/backup. This will make SlimCD backup all your
configuration, additional plugins etc. to your virtual disk when shutting
down the machine.

Michael