dlna server on Raspberry Pi

This is too easy!

Just do:

# apt-get install minidlna

And then edit /etc/minidlna.conf. Look for the line:

media_dir=

(probably line 26)

And write there the directory of your choice. Then:

# /etc/init.d/minidlna force-reload

And it should work (if you have a dlna client, of course). In my case, I have a Samsung TV with a RJ45 interface, capable of discovering DLNA servers on the network.

You can also have different directories for Music, Movies and Pictures, I recommend to read the manual of minidlna.conf:

$ man minidlna.conf

I have to say that the performance of RPi so far is quite good, I am watching a video perfectly while compiling Quake3 (my next task).

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Projects for Raspberry Pi

I have several projects for my next computer (Raspberry Pi):

– DLNA server for my living room. I already have an OpenSuSE based DLNA server, but it is a x86 PC that consumes a lot of power, and electricity is getting higher everyday, so I need a greener thing. I think Raspberry Pi will have enough speed to serve files through DLNA.

– Web browser connected to the TV set, so I can rent movies or browse YouTube. This is very ambitious from a computing power point of view, because of the 700MHz of the Raspberry Pi. I’ve heard of overclocking and warranty voiding…

– Ultragreen web server connected all day long.

– Irrigation controller, using the GPIO as an input/output interface to moisture sensors, relays, etc, so I can have all my plants happy all along the year.

If I only had more time…