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I have a random assortment of hardware laying around so I was thinking of setting up a media server that's accessible from just about anywhere (preferrably) does anyone have any good suggestions for going about doing this or what kind of software to setup on it? (I prefer variations on Linux, but all suggestions welcome)

EDIT1: Should've specified - I'd love the basic samba sharing but I'm mainly focusing on the media streaming for videos or music.

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That all depends on what you want from your media server.

If it's just windows-esque file shares then any linux with samba will do.

If you're looking for UPnP media streaming then TwonkyVision is possibly the best software out there for that kind of thing (it's not free, but very inexpensive all the same).

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Yes looking more so for the second one - the samba sharing I may experiment with but I'll definitely be looking into Twonky Vision – jphenow Feb 26 '11 at 21:11

Have a look at Serviio.

"Serviio is a free DLNA media server. It allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to any DLNA-certified renderer device (e.g. a TV set, Bluray player, games console) on your home network."

I have it running on a CentOS server and working fine to a Sony Bravia TV, XBMC, Media Player/VLC app and a D-Link media player.

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I like free :) looks like a nice setup. Looks like I'll have some new stuff to test out soon and see what I like – jphenow Feb 26 '11 at 21:17
I Love Serviio! – Max888 May 27 '11 at 11:48


Works natively with samba, nfs, upnp, etc. Follow the link below to install XBMC.

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