Install Boxee in Ubuntu Server

Install Boxee in Ubuntu Server

This short tutorial will help you install Boxee HTPC software in Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS 32-bit

The target machine is an HP T5725 Thin Client, 256MB ram, modified 4GB CF storage attached with a 2.5″ IDE to CF adaptor. It has a AMD Geode MX1500 1GZ processor.

I used two tutorials for this, the main one is I didnt use Unetbootin, instead I used the installed Startup Disk Creator bundled on my Ubuntu Laptop. The install went fine, once you get all the dependencies.

I have to say it is rather a choppy experience, so may benefit from some further research into video drivers or perhaps expand the 256MB ram. The following should also help in reducing the CPU overhead

If you want to use VDPAU on ubuntu linux firstly install the propriety drivers. Check this by (from a terminal) giving the command: glxinfo. At the top, it should say:

direct rendering: Yes
server glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
server glx version string: 1.4

Also, make sure you install the libvdpau1 (sudo apt-get install libvdpau1) package.

For best performance, don’t run Boxee from the start menu, but make a Boxee session from the logon screen. To do this, create a file:


with the following contents:

[Desktop Entry]

Now log out of your current session and while logging back in, choose Boxee as the session (right at the bottom).

These steps helped bring CPU usage down from over 150% to about 10% while playing the same video.


If that doesnt work try this

Oliver Partridge

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