Convert your Ubuntu (Lucid Lynx) box into a media center with Boxee.

By on Mar 3, 2010 in How-to, Linux, Ubuntu | 18 comments

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.

libdirectfb-1.0-0

libcdio7_0.78.2+dfsg1-2ubuntu1_i386.deb

python2.4_2.4.3-0ubuntu6.4_i386.deb

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.

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  • http://mikechelen.com Mike Chelen

    Instead of using the graphical editor, the Boxee repo can be added entirely through the command line:

    sudo sh -c “echo ‘deb http://apt.boxee.tv jaunty main’ >> /etc/apt/boxee.sources.list”

    • http://twitter.com/rduplain Ron DuPlain

      +1. Create a new .list file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
      Also, you can use ‘lucid’ instead of ‘jaunty’ for Ubuntu 10.04. That worked for me.

      deb http://apt.boxee.tv lucid main

      It doesn’t look like boxee has an apt-key set up yet, so `apt-get install boxee` will complain about the boxee package not being signed. (Yes, you can still install.)

  • http://mikechelen.com Mike Chelen

    Instead of using the graphical editor, the Boxee repo can be added entirely through the command line:

    sudo sh -c “echo ‘deb http://apt.boxee.tv jaunty main’ >> /etc/apt/boxee.sources.list”

    • http://twitter.com/rduplain Ron DuPlain

      +1. Create a new .list file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
      Also, you can use ‘lucid’ instead of ‘jaunty’ for Ubuntu 10.04. That worked for me.

      deb http://apt.boxee.tv lucid main

      It doesn’t look like boxee has an apt-key set up yet, so `apt-get install boxee` will complain about the boxee package not being signed. (Yes, you can still install.)

  • http://mikechelen.com Mike Chelen

    That should be:
    sudo sh -c “echo ‘deb http://apt.boxee.tv jaunty main’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/boxee.sources.list”

  • http://mikechelen.com Mike Chelen

    That should be:
    sudo sh -c “echo 'deb http://apt.boxee.tv jaunty main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/boxee.sources.list”

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  • vader189

    64 bit please

  • vader189

    64 bit please

    • http://twitter.com/rduplain Ron DuPlain

      You can install on a 64-bit system using the same instructions.

  • vader189

    64 bit please

  • vader189

    64 bit please

  • http://twitter.com/rduplain Ron DuPlain

    You can install on a 64-bit system using the same instructions.

  • http://twitter.com/rduplain Ron DuPlain

    You can install on a 64-bit system using the same instructions.

  • http://www.the-broken-link.com Jason

    If you change the line to “deb http://apt.boxee.tv lucid main”, and then update and run “sudo apt-get install boxee”, all works fine.

  • http://www.the-broken-link.com Jason

    If you change the line to “deb http://apt.boxee.tv lucid main”, and then update and run “sudo apt-get install boxee”, all works fine.

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  • http://www.computerplanet.co.uk/systems/media_center/ Mike W

    Great tutorial mate, didn’t know this could be done! :) Loving Boxee at the moment.

  • http://www.computerplanet.co.uk/systems/media_center/ Mike W

    Great tutorial mate, didn’t know this could be done! :) Loving Boxee at the moment.