MINIX 3 and Music server

April 11, 2007

The latest release of Minix looks to be quite an interesting operating system. I’m sure we don’t need the history lesson on Minix’s relation to Linux as well as it’s extensive use in the teaching of operating system concepts, I’d do a bad job and would reccomend Google!

I’m going to try Minix 3 out in a virtual machine over the next couple of weeks and would like to see if it is capable of being set up as a music server, I don’t see why not.

I’m starting on a centralised music server which will be used by me and my flatmates to listen to a music stream. The goals being:

  • Easy to upload to; As it will be albums at a time I think I’ll go for a FTP solution and have some kind of file system structure (genre – artist – album?) Which will be reflected in the database.
  • Allow anyone with a network connection to the box to listen to streams.
  • Web based operation to change the playlist order etc (not too sure about skipping songs as that’d be annoying!)
  • XML Feed to see new uploads.
  • LAMP/ Open Source based (Goes without saying really), or could be MAMP? This will depend on compatibility.

I’m going to keep an eye out for something that fits this, I think I have an old box I could use.


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