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Video Reel – A Visual Guide To Playing Blu-ray Discs on Linux

Note: I meant “Avatar” instead of Pandora in the voice over.  Pandora was the planet the action took place on.

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A Guide To Playing Blu-rays On Ubuntu Linux
30 Days of Linux: Day 6 – Blu Ray ripping time with MakeMKV and Handbrake
By The Beard Of Zeus! – VLC and libbdplus for Blu-ray Playback
How To – Making a Media Center Using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

By The Beard Of Zeus! – VLC and libbdplus for Blu-ray Playback

Thanks to the fine folks at phoronix, I caught wind of the VIdeoLAN project making an update to their Blu-ray library, enabling new features such as BD-J Java and more.  Just around this time as well, is another project making a splash, libbdplus.  This library bounced in and out of obscurity, but finally has seen the light of day.  Could this mean live play back for moves you acutually own (see infographic below)?

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30 Days of GNU\Linux: Day 9

Today was my birthday, so I did a little bit of Linux work, wait no… A LOT!  I purchased a Roku to fill the void for online services I can’t get currently running under Linux Mint *cough* *Amazon Instant*  So far the Roku + Plex Media Center for my network files is boding rather well.  Initially, Linux Mint could see no far past the root directory of my share drive, but after converting the drive to Ext4, and fixing the permissions, I was all set.  If there is one* media center I would have to recommend Linux users with a Roku box, it would be Plex.  Setting up an Apache2 server is much too much work, but yes, that works well too with Roksbox.

On the Remote support side, I was very pleased with the Linux support for TeamViewer.  TeamViewer is a cross-platform, free (in price), and versatile application to remote into ANY of your machines from home or afar.  I highly suggest it.  If you still prefer VNC, then by all means, but for others, this is the ticket.

Also, got the additional Blu Ray drive to rip and transcode my Blu Ray collection.  It will take some time to convert it over (I only have about 50 Blu Rays , give or take), but it’s something us Linux users have to live with, unless you stream with MakeMKV, which to be honest I have not tried seeing if the UPnP stream of MakeMVK shows up on my Roku…maybe!!!

That’s it for today.  Till tomorrow,


Happy father’s day folks!

Be on the lookout for my present findings on Blu Ray playback tonight, as well as some other nice tidbits.  Thoughts as well on cutting the cord under Linux and how to customize your Linux htpc.  Hopefully all of of that if time allows!

30 Days of GNU/Linux: Day 4, 5

Late post, yea yea yea.  I have a TON of information coming later on tonight or tomorrow regarding many of the media capabilities of Linux, in particular Linux Mint.  Of most interesting is my Blu Ray playback support findings, including ripping and encoding…as well as streaming!  Many of those things are in the early stages and I will go into detail on what is involved with each.

Coming your way as well, is details on what programs can make your Linux HTPC experience fly on the Debian/Mint/Ubunutu side of things.  I will also go over what is involved with sharing networked drives, as well as mounting them from startup.  Just keep your eyes peeled in the coming days.

Well, it’s back to watching American Gangster, on Blu Ray, streaming, on LINUX… 🙂

Till next time