Convert your Ubuntu (Lucid Lynx) box into a media center with Boxee.
Boxee is a cross platform home theater PC (HTPC). It brings the power of social media center to your machine. It’s pretty neat and I sort of like it. There really is quite a lot that you can do with this. You can play back and record scheduled TV shows. Music wise it orders and displays the music on your computer. You can often integrate this system with your mobile phone, so if you are travelling home from work and see there is a programme on that you want to watch you can send a message to your TV via your phone. It would be advisable to make sure you are using the most up to date phone and SIMS though if you wish to do this.
Coming back to Boxee, I was trying to see if it’s available for Lucid and it’s officially not available at least not the PPAs. So I tried to install it using the Jaunty Repo. Following is how you can install Boxee on you Lucid Lynx box.
1. First we’ll add the Jaunty Boxee repos to the software sources list. To do so open the software sources list of Lucid. You can open it by typing the following command at the terminal:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
2. This will open up your text editor with the file sources.list. Add the following line to the software sources file:
deb http://apt.boxee.tv jaunty main
3. Save the file and close it.
4. Now we have to install some dependencies. Depending on your machine and what dependencies your machine already satisfy you might have to address few or many dependencies. I am going to show here the one’s that my machine required.
Click on the links to download the deb files and double click them to install. If you get other dependencies error, Google them and download them to install.
5. Now we are just left with installing Boxee. To do so type the following command in the terminal.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install boxee
This should install boxee on your machine. Enjoy the media center experience on Ubuntu 10.04.