Originally Posted by jarthel
what media center is recommended for Linux? It seems myth is targeted to DVR/PVR users which I'm not included.
all I want is to have a good library for my music collection and Play DVDs.
I only use Myth for DVR/PVR tuner card control. I say "only" but with the schedulesdirect program guide info and the Mythweb interface, it's *really* nice for tuner card control- ATSC/QAM digital and analog cable.
For "front end" style media playback, the top runner at the moment is probably XBMC. I plan to do a combo Myth/XBMC setup- myth for tuner card control, and XBMC for front-end style media playback.http://xbmc.org/http://xbmc.org/download/http://xbmc.org/forum/showthread.php?p=185738http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1067758
Geexbox is a fun quick and dirty media player distro, turning any PC into a set top box:http://www.geexbox.org/en/index.html
The cool thing about Geexbox is its ridiculously low hardware requirements- no hard drive required! Perfect for making network/wifi/DVD-ROM only set tops/front ends. The development versions support HDTV resolutions:http://www.geexbox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9932http://www.geexbox.org/forum/viewfor...40dc1eaf3aa1a1
No excuse not to try Geexbox- boots from CD/USB without touching your OS drive.
Another alternative is Freevo, but its focus is also PVR/DVR-http://freevo.sourceforge.net/
A commercial option is SageTVhttp://www.sagetv.com/download.html
If you don't need a 10' interface/set-top-like interface, the best media players for a desktop environment are VLC for DVD playback (VLC supports remotes via lirc)http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
and SMplayer/mplayer for all other video files/formats (VLC doesn't play HD mkv's well yet)-http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/downloads.php
KMplayer is also nice to have in your media player repertoire, since it is a multi-purpose front end for xine and ffmpeg in addition to mplayer:http://kmplayer.kde.org/screenshots.php
For desktop audio players, there's Amarok/Exaile, Rythmbox, Banshee, Songbird for music manager style, and Audacious or XMMS for Winamp 2.x style. VLC and SMplayer do audio playback, of course, as well as the front end/media center style stuff mentioned above.
Other audio/music options:http://www.ubuntugeek.com/ubuntu-med...-overview.htmlhttp://www.anewmorning.com/2008/05/2...audio-players/http://www.listen-project.org/
Aqualung is looking interesting-http://aqualung.factorial.hu/home.html
This is a *very* exciting time to be using/switching to Linux. The year-year adoption growth rate over the past 2-3 years has been astounding. Yes, the absolute usage numbers of Win/OSX are obviously higher at the moment- it's the relative growth rates that matter now:http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=9
Linux is on the cusp of "breaking out". Think exponential growth curve shape- we've been on the "flat" part up until recently- now Linux adoption is moving onto the "nose" of the curve. I think most converts are not as much "Windows refugees"/"MS haters"/"FOSS fanboys" as they are "DRM refugees" and "closed/proprietary-ness refugees", which means converts from both Apple and MS...