new user, wanting to build a multimedia computer

John G. Heim jheim at
Fri Mar 8 16:09:03 UTC 2013

Well, you're going to have a problem in that your questions are too 
broad. I think it will be hard for anyone to tell you exactly what to 
do. I think you should start by installing linux (obviously). I 
personally use nothing but vanilla debian.

My home Linux machine died Sunday night  and  I just replaced it Monday. 
I used the debian stable release candidate.  This means it's not 
technically debian's current stable release. But I think at this point, 
you don't want to install the true stable version. You'd just have to 
upgrade in a few weeks/months anyway.  The current stable version is 
version 6 (code named squeeze) and the release candidate is version 7 
(code named wheezy).

Wheezy  seems to work fine. The one problem I've had is that it doesn't 
start orca automatically. The current stable version does that.

On 3/7/2013 7:38 PM, reinhard stebner wrote:
> This is what I would like to do but do not know where to start.
> I have an older Dell (about 6 years old) that currently has windows 7
> installed. I would like to take this machine and turn it into a multi
> media  server. I would like to hook up a NAS, run my music through it
> (mp3 / m4a) movies, display movies if possible, hook it to the net and
> be able to do normal computing tasks. I am very new to Linux (have been
> reading the messages here) and I figured that it would be a good idea to
> have someone help with this. Remembering that I am new to this and do
> not know where to start and need a simple approach. I have compiled and
> written code  C and C++ in Unix. I played around briefly with Speakup
> but I lost enters when the machine I was using stopped working (mother
> board was friend). Now that I have a computer to play with again, I need
> help setting it up and hardware that I would be able to do this.
> So let’s start with sound card. It has a Sound Blaster xfy. One network
> card and two hard drives. It has plenty of processing power.
> What flavor of Linux would work for this?
> How do I get started?
> I do not have hardware speech and would need to use software speech.
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