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Image:GeeXboX Logo.png
Company / developer Aurelien Jacobs and Benjamin Zores (Core Maintainers)
OS family Linux
Latest stable release 1.2 / 31 January 2009
Latest unstable release 1.2-beta3 / 28 December 2008
Kernel type Monolithic
License Various

GeeXboX is a free Linux distribution providing a media center software suite for personal computers. GeeXboX uses MPlayer for media playback and is implemented as a Live CD. As such, the system does not need to be permanently installed to a hard drive, as most modern operating systems would. Instead, the computer can be booted with the GeeXboX CD when media playback is desired. This is a reasonable approach for those who do not need media playback services while performing other tasks with the same computer, for users who wish to repurpose older computers as media centers, and for those seeking a free alternative to Windows XP Media Center Edition. An unofficial port of GeeXboX also runs on the Wii.

GeeXboX comes with a utility called generator, which allows the user to customize the GeeXboX discs. The following options are configurable:

  • Include your movie(s).
  • Add non-free extra codecs.
  • Add non-free firmwares for your drivers.
  • Add extra fonts for Asian users.
  • Add extra themes.
  • Configure the network settings.
  • Configure audio related options.
  • Configure video related options.
  • Configure the remote control and receiver to be used.
  • Configure an LCD display.
  • Change theme, fonts and charset encoding.
  • Choose the services to be started with GeeXboX (like UPnP and SHOUTcast).
  • Modify MPlayer's startup options.

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