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joen
August 14th, 2008, 08:56 AM
Hey Boxee team and alpha testers,

i am planning to run boxee as a standalone box in my living room. In a few days i will have some "new" hardware (old hardware from a friend - specs will follow) to run this delicious piece of software on.

Ubuntu Hardy is the OS of choice.

In preparation to do so, i need some hints/tips on the following topics:

- running boxee without a window manager (is that possible?)
- auto starting boxee

I will post the specs of the box in a few days and my progress on this from time to time.

Gamester17
August 14th, 2008, 10:01 AM
FYI; quite a few hints and tips about this is posted in the XBMC Community Forum for Linux End-Users.

tsella
August 16th, 2008, 01:39 AM
it is possible. you will X as bare minimum, and the can run boxee under xinit (xinit ./Boxee when under the proper path). you will need to set the X resolution, so your script should use xrandr as well (so now, it xinit my_script, where myscript does xranr and then runs boxee). autostarting means you should symlink your script under your /etc/rc3.d scripts dir to start.

joen
August 16th, 2008, 12:00 PM
Thanks guys, i will do some more research on that.

As i do not have "the box" here by now, i am working on an usplash theme for boxee.
Anyone interested may drop a note or PM.

tsella
August 16th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Thanks guys, i will do some more research on that.

As i do not have "the box" here by now, i am working on an usplash theme for boxee.
Anyone interested may drop a note or PM.

i'll show you mine if you show me yours ;)

i can send you something if you're using gutsy.

joen
August 19th, 2008, 07:28 AM
Here it is. Eventually i will integrate the letters "BOXEE" into the circles.
For now just a resolution of 800x600 works correctly. If one wants to try it, here is the .so-file: usplash-theme-boxee.so (http://www.abwaerts.org/media/usplash-theme-boxee.so)

EDIT: i am using hardy, btw

tsella
August 19th, 2008, 12:40 PM
cool!

get our .so at http://apt.boxee.tv/dropbox/usplash-theme-boxee.so

looks very much like yours. with a twist (literally) ;)

p.s. built this on hardy.

ajb6077
August 20th, 2008, 05:22 PM
I was wondering what hardware would be best to use in bulding a stand alone box. I would like to have 1080i output, what should I use to output that to a tv. Also I will be building the box on my own so as to keep the cost down, I want it to be cheep but also be able to output at 1080i.

Gamester17
August 21st, 2008, 10:19 AM
I was wondering what hardware would be best to use in bulding a stand alone box. I would like to have 1080i output, what should I use to output that to a tv. Also I will be building the box on my own so as to keep the cost down, I want it to be cheep but also be able to output at 1080i.Again, quite a few discussions about this is posted in the XBMC Community Forum for Linux End-Users.

Basically all graphic hardware will be able to output 1080i, the questions is if you want to be able to playback native 1080i/1080p videos encoded with H.264 or not, if that is the case then you will need a fairly fast CPU (most prefer a Intel Core2 Duo 2.4GHz processor and NVIDIA 7 or 8-series Gforce graphics)

tsella
August 21st, 2008, 12:49 PM
"it's all about the bitrate, dum dum dum dum dum (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6JAJVAGC9M)".

1080 output, small and nice form factor, included remote, price = go with the mac mini. upto 10MB bitrate would work. format to use ubuntu, and i'll give some wrapper scripts to run boxee as standalone app.

clarkee
August 31st, 2008, 06:15 PM
why move to linux over osx?

Biornus
August 31st, 2008, 06:26 PM
why move to linux over osx?

Freedom to configuring.

clarkee
September 2nd, 2008, 05:40 AM
I've got the freedom to configure OSX as I want. If the guy is looking for a stable standalone media centre type box, what kind of 'configuring' do you think he'll need to do other than auto-login and auto-launch?

skywise
September 2nd, 2008, 09:26 AM
my choice is linux over os x
the why is $$, i've been able to build my boxee system out of spare parts laying about the house, the only $$ i've had to spend are for a 35' component cable ($35) and a ati rf remote ($19) $55 beats $650 hands down. :)
the biggest plus of going mac would be the ability to put it in the living room with the tv, my linux box is way too loud to leave in the same room. (which is where it is at the moment till i can get down to the border to fetch above mentioned cable & remote)

one thing going pc/linux has for me is component video, i'm pretty sure mac is limited to digital video (yeah, not normally a limit, i know :) and my tv does component at best, but even at 1080i it looks good.

as for power, i'm running a non core anything p4 at 3ghz and playing 720p (the best i happen to have laying about the house at the moment) video takes about 50% cpu.
i'll grab some 1080i stuff sometime just for testing and let everyone know how it goes.

sky

clarkee
September 3rd, 2008, 06:50 AM
well, i was wondering why he said to get a mac ($650+) and THEN put ubuntu on it...

either way, you've pointed out the best part of the mac mini is the footprint, aesthetics and noise! it's a blessing to have a silent media centre PC.

ps - there is an adapter available from apple to convert from DVI -> svideo/component, DVI -> HDMI adapters (without sound) and DVI -> VGA adapters too. it's pretty flexible! Another benefit worth mentioning is the Mac Mini also has optical audio output ;)

candrist
November 19th, 2008, 08:31 PM
cool!

get our .so at http://apt.boxee.tv/dropbox/usplash-theme-boxee.so

looks very much like yours. with a twist (literally) ;)

p.s. built this on hardy.

I know that this post is somewhat dead, but i have searched the ubuntu threads and tried many things, but still cannot get this to work?

this is what I was looking at:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/USplash

agentlame
November 19th, 2008, 09:31 PM
I know that this post is somewhat dead, but i have searched the ubuntu threads and tried many things, but still cannot get this to work?

this is what I was looking at:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/USplash

i assume you're running on intrepid... this is not going to work until one of the boxee guys re-compiles it for 8.10.

as a side note... you don't need that guide. you could just install startup manager.

it's in the universe repo:
sudo apt-get install startupmanager

candrist
November 20th, 2008, 12:12 AM
Thanks That worked like a charm!

I am still using 8.04.1 until boxee gets official 8.10 support. I would hate to have something not work and my wife get upset. I tend to stick with stable with her.

oliv
December 7th, 2008, 01:33 PM
wow imagine this http://www.hdtvlounge.net/news/asus-eee-box-b204-b206/
with boxee as stand alone!
Maybe wait one more version of the eeebox so that they have blue ray and dolby :D

How fast can boxee boot as stand alone?
Are there any plans to release an official boxee version as stand alone ?


That would just be amazing! :D

oliv
December 9th, 2008, 04:41 PM
Is the boxee team planing to release media center hardware themself after boxee reached gold?

would be great

oliv
December 11th, 2008, 01:30 PM
anybody...?

agentlame
December 11th, 2008, 01:54 PM
anybody...?

i don't think the team is openly discussing that aspect of their business plan.

DGMurdockIII
December 11th, 2008, 04:05 PM
yes they are they want boxee to be able to be used on STB so why not as a standalone box

oliv
December 15th, 2008, 07:56 PM
is there no boxee stand alone version, official or not, that I could download somewhere?

agentlame
December 15th, 2008, 08:10 PM
is there no boxee stand alone version, official or not, that I could download somewhere?

i don't know what you are asking for.

chenn
December 16th, 2008, 10:50 AM
wow imagine this http://www.hdtvlounge.net/news/asus-eee-box-b204-b206/
with boxee as stand alone!
Maybe wait one more version of the eeebox so that they have blue ray and dolby :D

How fast can boxee boot as stand alone?
Are there any plans to release an official boxee version as stand alone ?


That would just be amazing! :D

im using boxee on a b202 right now with full intrepid and a wiimote, i love it!

Almighty
December 16th, 2008, 02:39 PM
i don't know what you are asking for.

I believe he is asking if there is a way to solely install boxee onto a machine. Or when the computer boots, Boxee is the only program that runs. No need to boot an entire operating system.

I too am very interested in having this as an option to use on a STB. I think I will look into Linux From Scratch(LFS) to see if I can do it. Provided I don't get too lazy to do it.

agentlame
December 16th, 2008, 03:18 PM
I believe he is asking if there is a way to solely install boxee onto a machine. Or when the computer boots, Boxee is the only program that runs. No need to boot an entire operating system.

I too am very interested in having this as an option to use on a STB. I think I will look into Linux From Scratch(LFS) to see if I can do it. Provided I don't get too lazy to do it.

oh, you don't need to do all that... it can be done with ubuntu:
http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=2046&highlight=minimal

robbiet480
June 24th, 2009, 10:16 PM
Can someone update the USplash theme for 9.04? Please?