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What's the latest with this? Any further development with front ends?
What exactly do mean by front end? The server?
Any way to get this thread put up as a sticky?
Sorry, should have been more clear. I was referring to the Web-based gui front end used for installing.Also, curious about the latest in boards. looks like there is a new(er) ALIX out, the 2D3.
nyc_paramedic,Have you looked at the Network Media Tanks as an alternative to buying the bare boards? I have an egreat unit that I am using MPD with but it is only configured for the optical out now and I dont have the Linux knowledge to change it. The nice thing about the NMTs are that they come with an enclosure, power supply and remote control. I am currently using a plugin called MPD Jukeox which allows me to control it with the remote while viewing my library in list or album view to a monitor connected to the NMT. I know that the NMT is not using ALSA and I don't know what impact that has on the sound, this is a potential negative to this setup.Any insight or comments regarding the NMT as a music server are appreciated.
How come no one mentions the already existing Vortex Box Appliance - fanless:http://shop.smallgreencomputer.com/VortexBox-500GB-Micro-NAS-vb500m.htmyes, it costs a bit more, but comes pre-configured with all the software you need, and the OS (vortexbox.org) is constantly being updated and improved. BTW, it uses only 5-6 watts running.
If you wanted to, can you attach a local, quiet hd via usb to the alix box and grab the tunes from there? I just got a nice, super quiet WD Passport elite usb powered HD that is sounding spectacular with my Asus EEE box, and it would be (hopefully) a real easy experiment to swap the alix machine for the Asus if I could use the local usb drive for the music files.
Earlier in this thread there was speculation that a SPDIF output was available on the alix3d3 board.Wondering if anyone has tried this and/or found a driver to enable MPD to output through this (SPDIF) output. @ $111 for the board and a few more for a case and power supply, this would be an alternative that would fit my needs better.
Currently I either use a Nokia N800 tablet via WiFi, but I can also have a client running on the bedroom computer, or my Thinkpas laptop, all running at the simultaneously.
Very interesting, I recently got an iPod based audio setup in my living room and I'm researching options to access external storage with iPod compatible files (1 TB would hold about 3000 audio CD's in lossless format)The mentioned PC Engine is member of the mini-ITX class boards, and there are many more brands available:http://www.mini-itx.com/http://www.mini-box.com/http://www.itxdepot.com/http://www.ewayco.com/My question: Which size storage did you use, hard drives do generate heat?Is my understanding correct that you listen on computers/laptops, as opposed to a dedicated audio system?
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