Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Fluendo Media Center Incorporates Moovida and Other Fluendo Products

I've blogged a few times about Elisa cum , Fluendo's ten-foot interface for a media center. Moovida has been available in the Karmic repositories and in a PPA for folks who want to stay current. I have found it to be an excellent replacement for XBMC, and MythTV if you don't have a TV tuner. Here's a montage and a video of it in action.


Until now, though, you've had to set everything up yourself. Admittedly, this isn't too difficult, but Fluendo has released a full media center version of Moovida which includes Fluendo's DVD player and full codec pack, meaning that you don't need to be concerned about the legality of installing DeCSS or restricted and Medibuntu codecs. It plays just about everything, as you can see below.

Fluendo describes the features:

  1. Photos:
    1. Slideshows
    2. Previews
    3. Album handling
  2. Video:
    1. Support for all major video formats
    2. Fluendo DVD Player integrated with all capabilities.
  3. Audio:
    1. Support for all major audio formats
    2. Organize music in playlists
    3. Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound System
  4. Others:
    1. Remote control support
    2. Automatic Media Detection using GStreamer
    3. Autodetection of media on your network
    4. Play Media over Samba & UPnP and DAAP shares
    5. Touch Screen support
    6. Search
Packages are available for all major Linux systems: DEB, RPM, and generic tarball. Because the product includes license DVD playback and codecs, it isn't free -- it's 40 Euros -- but the price includes a year of support, and longer support contracts are available for relatively little money.

Visit the Fluendo Media Center page to find out more and test drive the interface.


  1. Looks interesting, but at €40 its not so cheap to try out.

    > Packages are available for all major Linux systems:
    > DEB, RPM, and generic tarball.

    So is that a proper Debian DEB, and Red Hat RPM?

    Because package types doesn't mean they'll install on a distro that uses that package type, you know.

    Which is why Ubuntu should rebrand their installer and packages to .ubu, to avoid the headache that currently exists with Fedora/RedHat/SuSE/CentOS/PCLinuxOS and the RPMs on those distros. Keep DEB for Debian.

  2. The media center is available in both 32 and 64-bit versions. The RPM works with Red Hat, Suse, and Mandriva. The DEB works with Ubuntu and Debian. Since the package is a single download, it's obviously an all-in-one archive (perhaps installing to /opt, though I can't be sure). I'm going to ask for a review copy so that I can get detailed information.

    This is an example of how third-party software should be distributed. I don't think that creating another packaging format is going to help the problem.

    If you need a good media center and want it to be 100% legal, Fluendo is a good way to go, even for 40 Euros.


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