Yesterday, July 24th, Andrew Gillis announced the release of VortexBox 2.1, a Fedora-based operating system that turns any computer into a music server or jukebox. The new version comes after six months of hard work and includes important updates and various neat features.
VortexBox 2.1 is now based on a recent kernel version of the Fedora operating system (with upgraded audio drivers), it includes Logitech Media Server 7.7.2, and it brings support for more than 2.2 TB drives for backups, which is great for 3 TB+ VortexBoxes.
Moreover, the new ALSA audio system implemented in VortexBox 2.1 offers better support for USB audio devices. Also, FLAC to mp3 mirroring now uses ALBUMARTIST instead of BAND tag.
Last but not least, VortexBox Player comes with support for DSD, support for Bluetooth audio devices, Blu-Ray ripping support, and Plex Media Server has been added.
"It's been a while since we had a release. This release is a roll-up of a lot of features and fixes we have been working on since the last release."
"It's been over 6 months since 2.0 was released so there are a lot of new features and fixes in this version. This release includes Logitech Media Server 7.7.2. [...] We have experimental support for some leading edge features," Andrew Gillis said in the official release announcement.
VortexBox is a Fedora-based Linux distribution that turns any computer into a music server or jukebox. It automatically rips Audio CDs to MP3 and FLAC files with ID3 tags and cover art, then it streams the music files to a network player such as Logitech SqueezeBox, Linn or Sonos, and even to a Windows or Macintosh system. For installation, VortexBox requires an empty hard drive. It doesn't work on a hard disk partition.
Download VortexBox 2.1 right now from Softpedia.