This article assumes you have basic knowledge of how to install and manage Linux. If not, you should probably have a look at our free Plug'N Play software which is a preconfigured version of Linux.
When you have chosen a Linux distribution, you can start with the basic installation:
ttf-mscorefonts-installeron most distributions. If this package cannot be found search for Microsoft fonts.
Depending on the distribution, Chromium (the open source version of Google Chrome's browser) is probably already included and Chrome probably not. It is recommended to install and use Google Chrome instead of Chromium (although Chromium should also work). Firefox in many cases does not perform as well as Chrome when it comes to video and animations.
First see if your distribution has a package for Chrome that you can use to install. If not do the following:
To make Google Chrome start automatically when the player user logs into Linux, do the following:
playr_loader.htmlin your user's home folder.
start-chrome-for-playr.shfile work for your computer you will need to change one line (around line 21) in the file: change the webc in the line
playr_loader_file="/home/webc/playr-loader/playr_loader.html"to your the username used on this computer, e.g. player.
chmod +x start-chrome-for-playr.sh
start-chrome-for-playr.shon startup also on the Linux distribution and its window manager. When you use Gnome, go to System > Preferences > Startup Applications and add this file right there. If you use another distribution or window manager, please refer to its documentation on how to do this.
How to log the player user in automatically, heavily depends on the chosen Linux distribution. On Ubuntu derivatives it can be as simple as:
To make sure that the screen does not turn black after a few minutes, do the following (in generic wording, since the exact settings depend on the chosen Linux distribution):
These settings can be found under the energy/power and monitor/screen settings of the different Linux distributions. The support forums for the different distributions can be very useful to find the details needed to set this up correctly.
If you like to save some energy, you can set the computer to go into sleep mode when you like your channel to stop playing. An easy way to do this is with cron.
This this will shutdown the computer at 19:00 (7 PM).
00 19 * * * sudo shutdown -P now
Automatic player startup cannot be configured in Linux. Instead, you will have to check the BIOS of your computer if that allows you to configure auto-startup at a specific time.
The clock that is used by the BIOS does not take daylight saving time into consideration. So any scheduling needs to take into account that the clock will run early or late for half the year.
You need to check the documentation of your computer's BIOS on how to do this. Here's an example of how it works on most Intel NUC computers: