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Eric Lyons
2004-04-04, 11:51
> Actually one enhancement that should be considered by someone to
> really
> get mass market with the Squeezebox is a complementary server
> appliance
> for the people who don't want to setup and fool around with a 'PC'
> server. I.E. a headless box with a 200GB HDD that any techoidiot can
> put a CD in and add to their 'jukebox'.

For those interested, I have a Linux distribution that creates a
"device" exactly as described. Once the o/s is installed (a single CD
with no configuration options), you have a box which automatically
rips, encodes and organizes CDs by simply putting them in the CD-ROM
drive. It downloads cover art, and also has a web-based tag editor for
cleaning up the inevitable errors in FreeDB. Naturally, slimserver is
also pre-installed.

I've built several of these boxes for friends, and use the same case as
the former Martian product (cf
http://www.caseoutlet.com/common/products/Cases/PCcase/mini-ITX/CS-2677r/2677R-Images/2677-600x450.jpg).

Like the Martian, it also runs Samba so looks like another PC to your
network.

If anyone is interested in building / testing one of these, let me
know. I'd be happy to send you an installation CD or even a
pre-configured machine.

Eric.

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