6 Best Free Linux Media Centers
The majority of Linux distributions come supplied with a wide
range of software that lets individuals use their PC to watch movies and
television programs, listen to a music
collection, and view photos. However, if you are
looking for a more harmonious approach, turning your Linux box into a
state of the art media center with an integrated easy-to-use interface,
media center software will be just the ticket.
In the media center department, Linux has a fairly narrow
range to choose from. Fortunately, the software featured in this
article ticks all the boxes. We have also chosen to include some
distributions which are dedicated media centers, as they significantly
simplify the installation process. At the heart of each of these
distributions is XMBC.
One media center application that is not included in this
article but is worthy of a mention is Boxee. Whilst this application
has won many plaudits, it is unfortunately no longer being supported
for computers. Instead, the developers of Boxee believe that the future
lies with connected televisions and secondary devices.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of 6 impressive free Linux media
centers. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone
who wants to turn their Linux computer into a multimedia hub.
Now, let's explore the 6 media centers at hand.
For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description
with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with
links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Media Centers Applications
||Award-winning, free and open source digital media hub
Theatre convergence box
||Manage your entire digital media collection
|Media Center Distributions
||XBMC software bundled with an embedded
room PC for everyone
||Media center centric Linux distribution for embedded
devices and desktop computers
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Last Updated Sunday, February 26 2012 @ 03:11 PM EST