30 Oct 08 About VortexBox
VortexBox is a free, open source (GPL v3), quick-install ISO that turns your unused computer into an easy-to-use music server/jukebox. Once VortexBox has been loaded on an unused PC, it will automatically rip CDs to FLAC and MP3 files, ID3 tag the files , and download the cover art. Vortexbox will then serve the files to network media players such as Logitech Squeezebox, Sonos, or Linn. The music files can also be streamed to a Windows or Mac OSX system.
* Convert an old PC to a CD ripper / jukebox / NAS in 15 minutes.
* Based on Fedora so it's easy to modify.
* Automatically tags all files from online music database.
* Automatically downloads the cover art.
* Automatic sharing of file to SMB (Microsoft) file shares.
* Automatic re-indexing Squeezebox Server after every CD is ripped.
* AppleTalk - for OSX or Bonjour for Windows.
* DAAP - Automatically shares all MP3s for streaming to iTunes and Roku Soundbridge.
* NFS - For Linux boxes and almost anything else, Solaris etc.
* DLNA - ushare pre-installed to support DLNA players, XBOX 360, etc.
* Easy installation of mplayer for AlianBBC support.
* Good support for Sonos.
* Works well as a backend server for XBMC (XBOX Media Center) running on XBOX, Widnows, OSX, AppleTV, or Linux.