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Entries Tagged as 'Linux'

How to run MythTV on Windows using andLinux

February 24th, 2008 · 2 Comments

In a previous post I’d talked about how to run MythTV, the very popular multimedia software, under Microsoft Windows (you can find that post here). The basic problem is that MythTV only runs under Linux — there’s no such thing as a port of that application to Windows. That previous post talks about how it’s […]

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Tags: Computer Software · Home Theater · Linux

andLinux — an easy way to run Linux applications right on your Windows desktop

February 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

In the past I’ve shown how easy it can be to run a full Linux operating system from inside of Windows (see my previous posts VMWare: See How the Other Half Lives and How to Create Your Own Virtual Machine Using VMWare Player). In both of those examples the Linux OS runs inside of a […]

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Tags: Computer Software · Linux · Virtualization

How to run MythTV on Windows

January 3rd, 2007 · 11 Comments


You may have heard of MythTV, the free TiVo-like application that can handle just about all of your multimedia needs. It can record and play back TV shows, including HDTV programming. It can be used to view your pictures, your weather forecast, and your favorite RSS feeds. It can rip and play back your music CD’s and your DVD’s. It can even display the list of movies you have in your NetFlix queue.

And it only runs on Linux.

So what if you’re a Windows user who wants to find out what MythTV is all about? Up until recently your couldn’t, but now you can. Here’s how.

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Tags: Computer Hardware · Computer Software · Home Theater · Linux · Virtualization

How to Create Your Own Virtual Machine Using VMWare Player

November 22nd, 2006 · 12 Comments

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The free VMWare Player is a very powerful and simple way to run virtual machines on your PC. You install the VMWare Player software, download some pre-configured virtual machines, and can run just about any other operating system from the comfy confines of your favorite operating system (Windows or Linux) without ever having to worry about messing up your favorite operating system. (You can read a more in-depth description of the VMWare Player from one of my previous posts, “VMWare: See How the Other Half Lives“)

VMWare also makes the VMWare Server software, which gives you a lot more control over your virtual machines, including a wizard that you can use to create your own virtual machine. VMWare Server is also free but may be a bit too complex for the user who simply wants to try out a different OS.

That leaves us with the choice between the simple VMWare Player, which you use to run pre-configured virtual machines, and the more complicated VMWare Server, which allows you to create your own virtual machines. But what if a user wants the simplicity of the VMWare Player and the ability create their own virtual machines from scratch? It’s actually quite easy to do.

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Tags: Linux · Virtualization

Need a small server? Unleash the Power of the Slug

May 30th, 2006 · No Comments

NSLU2 LogoAnyone who’s wandered the aisles of their friendly neighborhood big-box computer store has seen the shelves full of hard drives. These basically come in two flavors: internal hard drives, which get mounted inside of your computer, and external hard drives, which connect to your computer through a USB (or FireWire) cable.

You’ll also find small devices that allow you to connect your external hard drive to your home network instead of connecting it directly to your computer. One of these devices is made by Linksys, and it goes by the official name of “NSLU2”. It’s more commonly known by its unofficial name: “The Slug”.

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Tags: Computer Hardware · Linux