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Linux Toys II: 9 Cool New Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment

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  • Builds on the success of the original Linux Toys, with new projects you can build using different Linux distributions
  • All-new toys in this edition include a MythTV entertainment center, eMoviX bootable home movies, a BZFlag game client and server, and an Icecast Internet radio station, plus five more.
  • Companion Web site, LinuxToys.net, provides information for further ...
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Overview

  • Builds on the success of the original Linux Toys, with new projects you can build using different Linux distributions
  • All-new toys in this edition include a MythTV entertainment center, eMoviX bootable home movies, a BZFlag game client and server, and an Icecast Internet radio station, plus five more.
  • Companion Web site, LinuxToys.net, provides information for further enhancing your Linux Toys II projects
  • Includes a CD-ROM with scripts, packages, and code for the projects
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We loved the projects Chris Negus brought us in 2003’s Linux Toys: everything from music jukeboxes to answering machines. Well, he’s back. In Linux Toys II, Negus offers nine all-new projects that’ll entertain you, protect you, even support your small business.

Before you spend hundreds of dollars on a personal video recorder, consider whether it makes sense to build one from a spare computer, using open source MythTV software. Negus walks you through the process, from choosing tuner cards to configuring the impressive (albeit complex) software. Or how about creating “bootable movies”? Combine your video files with eMoviX, a tiny Linux distro that can be embedded on a CD-ROM. Put your disk in a PC, reboot, and voila: movies.

Need to provide networked office workstations on the cheap? Set up an LTSP thin client server (think Windows Terminal Services with no licensing fees). Want to take your Linux system anywhere? Add a fully customized, bootable version of Linux to a cheap USB pen drive: plug it into a PC, reboot, and within minutes you’re working at your comfy, familiar Linux desktop.

With electricity costs rising, maybe now’s the time to invest in X10 home automation to control your lights and appliances? The hardware’s cheap. The controller? Linux, of course. Firecracker hardware and BottleRocket software offer a simple, relatively low-tech approach. ActiveHome hardware and Heyu project software support more X10 features. Negus covers both.

As we said last time, Negus’s projects offer a great way to pick up Linux skills you’ll never learn by puttering around GNOME or KDE. Even better, you’ll also imbibe the Linux community’s spirit of exploration. You might even find new ways to extend these projects: ideas you’ll want to share, for everyone’s benefit. Bill Camarda, from the December 2005 Read Only

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“…will be a hit with all those Linux geeks out there that bought (and loved) the first one.” (Publishing News, 25th March 2005)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764579950
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/24/2005
  • Series: ExtremeTech Series , #33
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 397
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Negus is the bestselling author of all editions of Red Hat Linux Bible and coauthor with Thomas Weeks of Linux Troubleshooting Bible. Chris's hands-on approach has helped thousands of people get up and running quickly with Linux. He has provided instructions on everything from "Toys" projects to enterprise-level servers.
Special contributing author: Thomas Weeks, Rackspace.com
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I: The Basics.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Linux Toys II.

Chapter 2: Finding What You Need.

Part II: Multimedia Projects.

Chapter 3: Creating a Web Photo Gallery.

Chapter 4: Creating a Personal Video Recorder with MythTV.

Chapter 5: Making Bootable Movies with eMoviX.

Part III: Home Projects.

Chapter 6: Customizing a Live Linux Pen Drive.

Chapter 7: Automating Home Lights and Gadgets with X10.

Chapter 8: Setting Up a Game Server with BZFlag.

Chapter 9: Building a Dedicated SOHO Firewall.

Part IV: Small Business Projects.

Chapter 10: Running an Internet Radio Station with Icecast.

Chapter 11: Building a Thin Client Server with LTSP.

Part V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Using the Linux Toys II CD.

Appendix B: ABCs of Using Linux.

Appendix C: Installing Linux.

Index.

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