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Ubuntu desktop 13 for media server

I just installed Ubuntu desktop 13 and Id like to know what is the best option for intended purpose. I currently have on windows 8 filezilla ftp server and I am able to share media with friends and family. Id like to have similar setup on Ubuntu where i can share media and have different content available to different users with password login. and they are able to access from other OS such as windows and android
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  1. There are several ftp servers available to you, depends on the features you need.
    proftpd
    pure-ftpd
    vsftpd
    are a few.
  2. Here are the features I need. I want to be able to add multiple users. And setting access to different folders. Also I noticed ftp only streams to android where as on windows file have to be downloaded. Isn't there an option that would allow windows to stream rather than download. This is very important.
  3. What you are looking for is DLNA server. Have a look here http://elinux.org/DLNA_Open_Source_Projects. MediaTomb and MythTV are two polular choices.

    You can also install Samba on your Linux machine and enable Windows Sharing. This way, your Windows clients will see your Linux PC as another Windows PC. You can set up users and access restrictions here as well.
  4. I've considered DLNA,however I don't think DLNA supports out of network access. That is i don't think users out of the network can access a DLNA server
  5. Yes Samba is good option for this application and will fit at least those specific needs.
    "Samba is a re-implementation of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol, it facilitates file and printer sharing among Linux and Windows systems"
    *access outside of network
    *set permissions for different users
    *stream to anything
    *printer sharing

    Some good Samba documentation here:
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/samba
    https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Samba/HOWTO
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Samba
  6. @GtMasterPiece,

    What you define as "out of network"? Give us an usage scenario.

    If you want to give access to your server over the Internet, and being able to stream videos, you're looking at something more powerfull than simple Samba or DLNA server. You have to build a website with streaming video server (mini-Youtube), and I am not sure your Internet connection is going to sustain that.
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    Thats not entirely true, samba protocol can work just fine over WAN. Performance may be an issue but it does work.

    MediaGoblin is good free/opensource software from GNU to set up streaming video website.
    http://mediagoblin.org/
    Example of media goblin site: http://media.libreplanet.org/
  8. Alabalcho said:
    @GtMasterPiece,

    What you define as "out of network"? Give us an usage scenario.

    If you want to give access to your server over the Internet, and being able to stream videos, you're looking at something more powerfull than simple Samba or DLNA server. You have to build a website with streaming video server (mini-Youtube), and I am not sure your Internet connection is going to sustain that.


    I get 85 down and 38 up would that be enough. Also is it possible to the just have the "back-end" of the website so to speak handle all streaming rather than building an entire site altogether
  9. skittle said:
    Thats not entirely true, samba protocol can work just fine over WAN. Performance may be an issue but it does work.

    MediaGoblin is good free/opensource software from GNU to set up streaming video website.
    http://mediagoblin.org/
    Example of media goblin site: http://media.libreplanet.org/


    Ill take a look into this. Ive never heard of this one
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