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Ashy72
2007-10-01, 11:30
Greetings everybody.

I am interested in buying a cheap small form factor pc to act as a silent server for slimserver 6.4 Is the following spec good enough to run slimserver and serve the music?

Via Eden EPIA MC6000E motherboard
600MHz Processor
512Mb Of Ram

Running Ubuntu linux 7.0 operating system.
I am not bothered about ripping music on it i will do that on my windows pc and transfer to a hard disk in the linux server pc via the network can this be done? I am no expert on mixed op system networks.
I would be a complete newbie to Ubuntu linux is it difficult to learn? Is there a pain free idiots guide to setting up, installing and running sliserver available?

Any advice would be gratefully received thanks, Mark.

nicketynick
2007-10-01, 11:46
From what I've read, those specs should be fine, particularly with a Linux OS.
If you're going to dedicate a machine to Slimserver, you might want to check out mherger's excellent SlimCD - look in plugins for the link. Folks have also been very successful with ClarkConnect. Search the forums for "mini-itx" or Clarkconnect, you should find some excellent resources.

Ashy72
2007-10-01, 12:07
Thanks nicketynick for the quick reply i will browse the above resources before i decide to take the plunge.

Mark Lanctot
2007-10-01, 12:14
I am not bothered about ripping music on it i will do that on my windows pc and transfer to a hard disk in the linux server pc via the network can this be done? I am no expert on mixed op system networks.

Set up samba.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=202605&highlight=howto%3A+samba


I would be a complete newbie to Ubuntu linux is it difficult to learn?

The setup operation itself is painless. The only additional things you'll need are samba and slimserver. There are extensive online resources - Linux's most active forum is the Ubuntu forum.

Since this machine will be operating headless (i.e. no monitor required past the installation stage) you will be wasting resources with the GNOME GUI that comes with Ubuntu. Ideally you should use Ubuntu Server for such a machine because it has no GUI, command-line only, but since you're a newbie you'll need some sort of GUI. You may want to look at Xubuntu, it's nearly the same as Ubuntu but uses a GUI that's lighter on resources (Xfce rather than GNOME).


Is there a pain free idiots guide to setting up, installing and running sliserver available?

http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.cgi?DebianPackage


Any advice would be gratefully received thanks, Mark.

There are a few extra steps you need to do to get ALAC and AAC working: http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.cgi?AppleLosslessUnix

mherger
2007-10-01, 12:37
> If you're going to dedicate a machine to Slimserver, you might want to
> check out mherger's excellent SlimCD - look in plugins for the link.

No, no, no. SlimCD is not to be installed by Linux newbies. Full stop.
SlimNAS is much easier to install.

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Michael

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nicketynick
2007-10-01, 13:32
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No, no, no. SlimCD is not to be installed by Linux newbies. Full stop.
SlimNAS is much easier to install.



Huh, silly me... I always thought the whole idea of SlimCD was that it provided Linux newbies with a Slimserver running on Linux (no WinXP overhead), in one easy step. I think it would be perfect for that, if the OS could be hidden away from the uninitiated, who would only interface with the Slimserver.

mherger
2007-10-01, 13:59
> Huh, silly me... I always thought the whole idea of SlimCD was that it
> provided Linux newbies with a Slimserver running on Linux (no WinXP
> overhead), in one easy step.$

While many have done this, it's not easy to eg. set up samba, cron etc. to
have a working system for "real live". It's great to test or demo
SlimServer, but needs quite a bit of work if you want to install it as an
every day's solution. But as I said: I'm disagreed over and over again by
folks who manage to install it anyway :-)

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Michael

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http://www.herger.net/SlimCD - your SlimServer on a CD
http://www.herger.net/slim - AlbumReview, Biography, MusicInfoSCR

Ashy72
2007-10-02, 08:52
Thanks Michael, i think from the above posts i am decided on installing XUbuntu and Samba and slimserver for linux, take the plunge and see how i go.

One more thing what about plugins? Are they universal or do they have versions for linux?

I currently have the following plugins installed.

Remove played tracks, Multilibrary, CustomBrowse., Bookmarks 2.0,Dynamic Playlists, Lazy Search, MusicinfoScr, SQL Playlists, Trackstat and AlienBBC.
I would like all of these on my linux machine if this is possible.

Also as well i sometimes use musicip i think i have seen somewhere there is a linux install for this.

Thanks Mark.

cliveb
2007-10-02, 09:03
Is the following spec good enough to run slimserver and serve the music?

Via Eden EPIA MC6000E motherboard
600MHz Processor
512Mb Of Ram

Running Ubuntu linux 7.0 operating system.
Just to put your mind completely at ease, I run SlimServer 6.5.1 on a Via EPIA5000 (533MHz Eden CPU) with 512MB RAM. This machine runs Windows 2000, which requires considerably more resources than Linux.

What's more, it is also the household general server, and as well as running SlimServer also runs an Oracle database, Xitami web server, VPOP3 email server, various custom-built monitoring services, and two printers. It never misses a beat.

Ashy72
2007-10-02, 09:35
Just to put your mind completely at ease, I run SlimServer 6.5.1 on a Via EPIA5000 (533MHz Eden CPU) with 512MB RAM. This machine runs Windows 2000, which requires considerably more resources than Linux.

What's more, it is also the household general server, and as well as running SlimServer also runs an Oracle database, Xitami web server, VPOP3 email server, various custom-built monitoring services, and two printers. It never misses a beat.

Thanks for that the machine i am thinking of aquiring should be more than enough for what i want. I am probably only going to run slimserver on it for the time being.

AMRoberts
2007-10-02, 11:49
FWIW, if your goals include minimizing power consumption and you have a significant part of the day when no one will be listening, it might be worthwhile to make certain your Via system has, "wake on LAN" functionality, and then look around for how to make your Ubuntu variant hibernate (aka S4, suspend to disk). I think I've read that most modern Linux distros support it, but you might need some additional packages.

I believe your SqueezeBox can wake the SlimServer when it is told to power-up via the remote.

I haven't gone that route myself because like cliveb my slimserver is also the household file server. Instead it donates background time to Rosetta@Home (http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/). I did do a bit of monitoring and throttled Rosetta load on my server (http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/show_host_detail.php?hostid=558481) (an old P3 laptop) to make sure the system doesn't overheat on hot days.

No playback problems even while concurrently doing background work and extraction with EAC (with wired server and wired SB3, I've never tested wireless, don't know if it would still be trouble-free).