Sun Ray as a Digital Audio Player


        
Find a few used Sun Ray 1's off eBay
Find some good cheap speakers
Download the free SlimServer (Runs on Solaris, Linux, etc)
Configure Sun Ray Server in CAM mode, have it run the Softsqueeze Player (extract to /opt/SoftSqueeze to follow how to guide)
Add your MP3 collection

Shake gently...and voilà you have instant digital audio player in every room in your house.

Follow this easy how to guide.

Not wired?  Just add WiFi Ethernet Bridge (11b is fine) or use an electrical outlet solution.

No need for Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor on each Sun Ray as you can control the music selection for each Sun Ray via the SlimServer web page. 

Want to take your music with you from room to room?  Just run this with smart cards and as you hot desk, your music will follow.

Note while this example is for CAM, it could easily be done for normal Sun Ray deployments as an application for users to run.  Imagine that instead of music, your SlimServer served up Podcasts or other digital audio formats.

Comments:

Dude - why would you recommend SlimServer/Softsqueeze when Solaris already ships with xmms - a fine MP3 player that isn't tied to proprietary/pay-for-service parasite technologies like Slim? You don't need Slim when you have Sun Rays. Don't like keybd/mouse on all your SRs? Just hotdesk to where you do have one and control your music. I like to see our attention and efforts go into opensource offerings already bundled with our products, so we can make them as full-featured as possible and everyone gets the value.

Posted by BobD on March 06, 2006 at 01:54 AM PST #

Slim is open source.

SoftSqeeze is open source.

Have you read about or used either?

Using xmms, can i control each Sun Ray from a web page and tell it what to play? It's kind of funny for a Sun Ray person to call Slim proprietary.

Perhaps the actual physical Squeezebox player is, but aren't they all?

Posted by ThinGuy on March 06, 2006 at 02:02 AM PST #

So, ThinGuy, did you use the Perl version for Solaris? I have a spare SR1 and a V250 that's idle at the moment so I thought I might give this a go. Art

Posted by ArtP on March 11, 2006 at 03:53 AM PST #

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