October 25, 2008

Elisa : Turn your Linux Box into a Media Center

Jealous with that Jaw-dropping Front Row or Windows Media Center ? Checkout Elisa, an open source cross-platform media center with simple looks and stable performance.

The Elisa Media Center boasts of many advanced features that will help you turn your Linux Box into a Media Center. Everything is packed in a simple interface with a professional look and feel.


Movies - Watch your Video files and Movies, you can even watch your favorite videos from youtube and other sites.

Music - Listen to your Favorite Songs and organize your music collection by artists or album covers.

Photos - Entertain your friends with your animated slideshows and image previews.

Peripheral Devices - Let it be an iPod,External Hard Disk or a Digital Camera, Elisa Automatically detects them all.

Internet - Let it be Youtube, Flicker or other popular sites. You can have all of them at your fingertips.

Click here for a more detailed list of features.

Installing Elisa in Ubuntu

  • Installation of Elisa in Ubuntu and its Variants (Xubuntu,Kubuntu) are as simple as plucking a flower, just type sudo apt-get install elisa in the terminal.

Configure Your Media Directories
  • If your music and movies are already in the music folder and movies folder in the home directory, you need need not worry about this step.
  • Most probably you will have your music and movies located in another drive, in that case you can simply create a symbolic link.
  • consider you have all your music located in /home/user/Desktop/Test/ all you have to do is just create a shortcut of that directory and place it in the music folder. You can either use ln -s (from terminal) or Graphical User Interface for creating a link.

Pros and Cons
  • The Elisa is simple to install, configure and use.The interface is very good and clutter free.
  • There are a few problems occured occationally while playing video files, other than this there were no serious disadvantages.
Downlaod Elisa

Obtain your copy of Elisa from http://elisa.fluendo.com/

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