[TriLUG] prowling for a small form-factor Linux box
gregbrown at mindspring.com
Thu Feb 5 08:46:01 EST 2004
Hey all. I'm starting to search for a small form-factor linux box.
The purpose of this server is going to be the front-end of my home
audio system. I've been ordered to get the 400 or so CDs digitized,
organized, categorized, etc. So, my thoughts here are to rip
everything to MP3 (to allow for portability between the Macs) and place
all the files on my upstairs disk server.
I'm looking for a small form factor *with excellent audio* (as I'd like
to plug this into my existing home audio system via RCA jacks) and an
PHP/Apache web server to sit downstairs on a 100 meg link. All the CDs
and tracks will be organized in a MySQL database residing on the disk
server. The user interface will be the PHP/Apache interface on the
small form factor box. The idea here is the little, and hopefully
quiet, box will pull songs off the disk server and cache them on the
audio server to be played over the stereo.
Does anyone have any idea what might fit this bill? Audio quality and
noise are the highest factors followed by appearance and power draw.
I'm hoping to find something that sounds great, looks great, and uses
little power. Heh.. if only it were that easy!
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