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January 18, 2014 1:19:53 AM

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
January 18, 2014 2:22:00 AM

There are several ftp servers available to you, depends on the features you need.
proftpd
pure-ftpd
vsftpd
are a few.
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January 21, 2014 8:21:37 AM

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.
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January 21, 2014 9:03:00 AM

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.
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January 21, 2014 9:28:49 AM

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
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January 21, 2014 9:40:58 AM

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
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January 22, 2014 9:09:25 AM

@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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January 22, 2014 9:34:55 AM

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/
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February 2, 2014 10:18:14 AM

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
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February 2, 2014 10:19:15 AM

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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