The first release candidate of GeeXboX 1.1 is ready for testing: “GeeXboX 1.1-rc1 released: call for test. While the team is working on 2.x series achievement, the 1.x series has continued to evolve and here is the first release candidate of the upcoming 1.1 version. In order for us to discover the remaining nasty bugs and help us release 1.1 as soon as possible, please test this version and report problems on the forum.” What’s new? “Linux 2.6.20-rc7 kernel; support for BusyBox 1.4.1; better CPU frequency scaling capabilities; added optional support for GNU glibc 2.5 in toolchain for debugging purpose; upgraded to MPlayer 1.0rc1; added support for NVIDIA cards on PowerPC machines….”
GeeXboX is a full operating system, running under Linux and based on the excellent MPlayer. No need of hard drive, you just have to put the GeeXboX bootable CD into the CD-Drive of any pentium-class computer to boot it. Moreover, GeeXboX is a free software, created thanks to many open-source software. This means that everyone can modify it and build his own release of the GeeXboX. You may wonder why you could have to boot on another operating system to play your media files, but just think about the Mini-ITX plateforms like VIA Epia/Eden or Shuttle barebones. It’s now affordable to bring DivX to your home cinema, pluging this kind of computers directly to your TV. At the time of the first development release (December 2002), it was only able to play DivX movies, but for now, nearly every kind of media files can be played from GeeXboX.