Install the New Plex Home Theater On Linux Mint 15!
Plex Home Theater is the new Linux port of their flagship app, Plex Media Center, which is a fork of XBMC. Since using Plex Media Server on my Linux based [Flawless] Cloud Media Server, I have become a huge fan. Plex provides a complete media ecosystem by not only building a great back end server, but by also creating front end clients for all the major operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Roku, and now Linux!) that all talk and integrate seamlessly with each other allowing you to store your media library and metadata all in one central place. Not only is the Plex media ecosystem robust, but it's easy to use, and I mean easy. One of the biggest challenges I have faced with different front end media clients is the overcomplexity of the interface. The only front end device that has gone the distance in my house and remained the primary front end client is Boxee Box. This is due to Boxee Box's extremely easy to use interface (another XBMC port), which is absent of the endless options and configurations that I feel are currently plaguing the XBMC product. Plex Home Theater on the other hand, while being a fork from XBMC, has decided to put simplicity at the forefront creating an smooth user friendly interface, allowing more that just tech enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a truely increadible media experience.
Lets get started
What you'll need:
- HTPC hardware strong enough to run Plex/XBMC @1080p (like the Zotac ZBOX-ID41-U)
- Linux Mint 15 (Cinnamon)
- PlexPass Membership (Plex Home Theater is currently a closed beta only open to PlexPass Members. Get yours for only $3.99/mo)
Steps to install Plex Home Theater on your HTPC runing Linux Mint 15 (Cinnamon)
- Download the Linux Mint 15 ISO
- Install Linux Mint 15 on your HTPC
- Now let's install Plex Home Theater
- Open the terminal
- First we need to add the Plex repository as well as some dependency repositories.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:plexapp/plexht sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jon-severinsson/ffmpeg sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pulse-eight/libcec
- Next we need to refresh apt to pull in the new repositories
sudo apt-get update
- Now we're ready to install Plex Home Theater as well and some enhanced pulse audio settings and controls
sudo apt-get install plexhometheater paprefs pavucontrol
- That's it. Your now ready to rock and roll with the full featured Plex client, now for the first time on Linux!
If your having audio problems over HDMI using AMD hardware (no sound or playback is too fast), it's due to the HDMI audio being disabled by default on Ubuntu based distros. Follow these quick steps to enable HDMI audio fix.
- Edit grub
sudo nano /etc/default/grubChange the following line to
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash radeon.audio=1"
- Now reload grub
- and reboot
sudo shutdown -r now