VortexBox - open source NAS media server with Auto CD/DVD Ripper & BitTorrent Client

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agillis Offline
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I would recommend connecting the VortexBox directly to your router. But it will work over wireless as well
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Haha, I've been a Newbie for 10years. I just refuse to learn VI because well I'm a newbie. Wink
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agillis Offline
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Did I say nano. I meant pico. That's the easy to use file editor. We try to have something for everybody Smile
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A few month ago I released VortexBox to this forum. VortexBox is a free open source Linux based Media server distribution. VortexBox will automatically rip your Audio CDs to FLAC and MP3 files and then server them up to any media player including XBMC, Windows media player, Logitech Squeezebox Media players, iTunes etc. Vortexbox also has experimental support for ripping DVDs to its hard drive.

Now it's time for the next release. The latest version of VortexBox also has a web based bittorrent client you can install. If you have a server on all the time anyway it manage well be serving and getting files from the net. If you have any questions or comments please respond to this post.

http://vortexbox.org
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Lightbulb  TorrentFlux-b4rt WebGUI?
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This looks like a VERY promising project! ...though I would prefer to have TorrentFlux WebGUI intead as I suggested here:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=37861
Gamester17 Wrote:TorrentFlux (or more specifically the TorrentFlux-b4rt fork) would be great for controlling the included BitTorrent client via a web browser.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TorrentFlux
http://tf-b4rt.berlios.de/

I am not suggesting to include the whole TorrentFlux BitTorrent client, (though that could be possible too instead of rTorrent, TorrentFlux comes with BitTornado by default but it is possible to use other BitTorrent clients as back-end, it even supports Usenet NZB download clients), what I am suggestion is to copy only the web interface client part (the website so to speak) from the TorrentFlux-b4rt fork.

"TorrentFlux is an web-based system for managing BitTorrent file transfers. It is an GPL open source package. Manage all aspects of your torrent transfers through the secure and convenient web interface from anywhere you can get internet access! You can even set your system up to subscribe to (& auto-download) RSS torrent feeds and start your transfers while you're away (during the night, as other transfers finish, or however else you like if you write script!). The transfer themselves are performed on top of a third-party developed BitTorrent client as the back-end downloader, TorrentFlux provides a web interface for these scripts and the ability to manage multiple transfers, users and even protocols (receive completed files via http) all from the Web GUI"

Good idea? Confused

althekiller Wrote:Something like Transmission would be far to heavy for the live cd.
I though Transmission was a very efficient BitTorrent client with a very small memory footprint? I read that rtorrent has more dependencies than transmission, is that correct?

Note though that TorrentFlux can be made to use rtorrent as the back-end:
http://tf-b4rt.berlios.de/forum/index.ph...869.0.html
http://tf-b4rt.berlios.de/forum/index.ph...789.0.html
http://tf-b4rt.berlios.de/forum/index.ph...114.0.html

"rTorrent can be controlled via XML-RPC over SCGI"

PS! I having problems registering on vortexbox.org forum, don't get e-mail with password.

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agillis Offline
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I glad to hear you like my project. I think my web hosting provider is blacklisted. I notice e-mails from my site always end up in my SPAM bucket. So check there for your confirmation email from vortexbox.org.

I tested torrentFlux and I could never get good transfer speeds out of it. It always topped out at 200K. I get 1.7mb transfers using the new system all the time.
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I am not suggesting to include the whole TorrentFlux BitTorrent client, what I am suggesting is to copy only the web interface client part (the website so to speak) from the TorrentFlux-b4rt fork. It is the TorrentFlux-b4rt WebGUI that I think is superior to others.

The TorrentFlux-b4rt fork is client-server based so it supports using many different BitTorrent clients, so you do not have to go with their default BitTorrent client, TorrentFlux-b4rt can control most third-party BitTorrent clients via command line interface or other API they provide. I highly suggest you check it out again:
http://tf-b4rt.berlios.de

...and again, it is the TorrentFlux-b4rt fork and not the original that is really great Wink

PS! Yeah, I now noticed that it ended up under spam Rolleyes

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@agillis, if they add a WebGUI then this might be a development that could be of interest to you:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=50388

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Is the site down for anyone else?...I cant load the website, (DNS lookup error)

I wanted to try this Media Server on an old pc,


2nd'd for Gamester17 - a Torrent WebGUi would be rly cool to control everything from a main desktop/laptop
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nice setup...kind slim on drive space for a nas tho.
can it be used on any system or just the vortexbox appliance?
ive got 4+ TB of media so i dont think it would work to well for me but for those that delete seasons as they watch them or that have a select collection of just their fav media it would work pretty well.
(This post was last modified: 2009-05-16 03:17 by Vampirebat.)
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agillis Offline
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Vampirebat Wrote:nice setup...kind slim on drive space for a nas tho.
can it be used on any system or just the vortexbox appliance?
ive got 4+ TB of media so i dont think it would work to well for me but for those that delete seasons as they watch them or that have a select collection of just their fav media it would work pretty well.

It works really well for large collections. It has an install option that will automatically span 3 drives. You could do a custom install that spans more. It uses XFS by default so VortexBox works very well with large files and large file systems.
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Would it be possible to package/install the software used in this distro/live cd for an install on an already existing linux server?
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karatekickz Wrote:Would it be possible to package/install the software used in this distro/live cd for an install on an already existing linux server?

No, VortexBox is a clean install iso.
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Hi,

this sounds like the perfect setup for me to rip my entire collection of CDs and DVDs. Great work!

However, before I search my basement for appropriate hardware:

1) Is it possible to rip using multiple drives (e.g. three drives ripping CDs simultanously)? This would reduce the time enormously...

2) Are non-Unicode (UTF8) characters supported (I have a lot of Chinese CDs)?

Best
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agillis Offline
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1. no it only supports one drive at a time. You can run it on more then one machine or in a VMware session.

2. I'm not sure if it's supports UTF-8 it should be you should test it first.
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