Build fun projects with a PC,
Linux, some free software,
and a few extra parts
for Linux books by
|Linux Toys II
(Wiley Publishing, November 2005) is the latest book in the Linux Toys
series. The original intent of Linux Toys was to help people use
PC hardware with free and open source software to create fun,
interesting and useful projects. Many of the projects described
in Linux Toys II (such as Linux
Terminal Server Project) will run on a
10-year-old Pentium or even a 486, while other projects (such as the MythTV
get best results from the hottest PC you can afford.
The nine projects in Linux Toys II range from fun multimedia projects (bootable movies with eMoviX) to setting up a server (Gallery digital photo gallery) to creating a whole computer lab with inexpensive thin clients (Linux Terminal Server Project). Each project includes step-by-step instructions for gathering parts, then installing and configuring software.
Unlike the original Linux Toys, where my co-author Chuck Wolber and I tried to piece together software from various sources to create our projects, nearly every project in Linux Toys II is based on established, thriving open source initiatives. Most projects in Linux Toys II are software oriented, with the exception of chapters on MythTV and Devil-Linux. My friend Tom Weeks wrote those chapters and put together some excellent custom home entertainment and firewall PCs, respectively.
The projects in Linux Toys II include:
Project 1: (Chapter 3) Creating a Web Photo Gallery
Build a server to display and share photos on the Web using the Gallery project.
Project 2: (Chapter
4) Building a Personal Video Recorder with MythTV
Project 3: (Chapter ) Make Bootable Movies
Project 4: (Chapter
6) Customizing a Live Linux Pen Drive
Project 5: (Chapter
7) Automating Home Lights and Gadgets with X10
Project 6: (Chapter
8) Setting Up a Game Server with BZFlag
Project 7 (Chapter
9) Building a Dedicated SOHO Firewall
10) Running an Internet Radio Station with Icecast
Project 9 (Chapter
11) Building a Thin Client Server with LTSP
Some of these projects will be challenging for Linux enthusiasts, others can be done by anyone with basic computer skills (and the Linux primer at the back of the book). Because Linux Toys II projects are based on existing, on-going initiatives, you can go directly to forums, Source Forge sites, and mailing lists to get further information, updated software or to become a contributor yourself.
The LinuxToys.net site is here to provide more information about the projects covered in Linux Toys II, as well as the original Linux Toys.
-- Chris Negus, November, 2005 (chris - at - linuxtoys.net)
Toys II Projects:
Web Photo Gallery
eMoviX Bootable Movie
Damn Small Linux
on a Pen Drive
X10 Home Lighting
BZFlag Gaming Server
Icecast Internet Radio
Linux Terminal Server
Contributing author Thomas Weeks for
MythTV and Devil-Linux