Turn Old Unused Computer into a Jukebox or Music Server w/ VortexBox Linux – ‘Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes

(8/04/2021 – Some links had expired and were removed for this transfer)

Lots ‘n Lots of Windows users love music, and the Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes page was created wid Windows users in mind in order to point out the many ‘Specialized’ OS options offered by Linux ‘n Linuxes. Linux makes a great secondary OS and/or an excellent tertiary OS – or how about a ‘quaternary, quinary, senary, septenary, octonary, nonary, and denary’ OS in support of your primary Windows OS? 😎

VortexBox Linux is:

Based on Fedora Linux VortexBox is a free quick-install ISO that turns your computer into an easy-to-use music server/jukebox/player. Once VortexBox has been loaded on a PC, it will automatically rip CDs to FLAC and MP3 files, ID3 tag the files , and download the cover art. Vortexbox will then serve the files to network media players such as Logitech Squeezebox, Sonos, or Linn. You can also play files directly to a USB attached DAC.


Have tested hundreds of Linux Distros, but have never tried VortexBox. There are over 2000++ Linux Distros/DE’s/Flavors/SPINS/etc. when you start adding up what all the options are, and I’m simply not going to try and/or review them all.

I was in high school when the Beatles first came to America, and had/have enjoyed music before ‘n after ‘n since; however, haven’t done much listening for the past 5 years or so, and have no clue what a “network media” player can do.  😳

When I was looking for a logo to add to this post, I noticed that VortexBox had a sponsor (see above pic) – Small Green Computer. Know nothing about them, but “Small Green Computer” reminds me of all the old unused computers that music loving Windows users might have buried away in a closet.

If you don’t have any old unused computers laying around, then try doing a full install onto a USB (SanDisk & Samsung are ext4 compatible). If you know what your Boot Menu key is, then you can use Linux on a USB, SD card, CD, DVD, or a spare HDD/SSD drive without disturbing your Windows primary installation.

Will add this post to the Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes page.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!

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