VortexBox 2.3

A minimal and freely distributed music server and jukebox Linux-based operating system
VortexBox is an open source, minimal and free distribution of Linux based on the well known and highly acclaimed Fedora operating system. It has been designed from the ground up to transform an old, low spec computer into a feature rich media server.

Availability, boot options, installation

It is distributed as a single, CD-size ISO image that supports both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms. It’s not a Live CD, which means that it has no graphical interface and can only be installed.

There are two installation options on the boot prompt, one for installing the operating system on a local hard disk drive and a second one for deploying it onto a USB flash drive or any other portable storage device.

The installation process is text-based only, but fully automatic. At first, it will download a few GB of packages, a process that will take some time, depending on your Internet speed. After that, it will start the main processes, configure network connections, set the timezone, and partition the drive.

The third step in the installation process is to install all the packages, which should be around 300-400 hundreds on a minimal install (2GB - the second option on the boot prompt).

Features at the glance

Key features include the ability to rip Audio-CDs to digital formats, such as MP3, Ogg Vorbis or FLAC, automatically tag converted files using the CDDB (Compact Disc Database) service, and automatically download album artwork.

In addition, it allows users to share and stream files to Windows or Mac OS X computers via the Samba protocol, as well as to any other DLNA compliant device, including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Sonos, and Apple TV.

Bottom line

Summing up, VortexBox is an interesting project that will transform any machine into a dedicated NAS (Network-attached storage), jukebox or Audio-CD ripper system in less than 20 minutes.

Reviewed by Marius Nestor on April 10th, 2014


last updated on:
April 10th, 2014, 7:36 GMT
price:
FREE!
developed by:
vortexbox.org
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
category:
ROOT \ Linux Distributions

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VortexBox
What's New in This Release:
  • SqueezeBox Server 7.8.0 the latest release from Community Squeeze
  • Fedora 20 with better hardware support for new DACs, motherboards, etc
  • Squeezelite as a built-in player
  • Full DSD support - play DSD direct to a DSD capable DAC or transcode to PCM in-line for non DSD DACs
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VortexBox is a free, open source, quick to install and easy to use Linux distribution that turns any computer into a f...

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