I'm glad to announce the release of the MediaBrowser Server plugin for OpenMediaVault.
Media Browser Server it's a media content manager for your media files. As for the moment, apart from the normal app fees it stays completely free and open source. It's MS windows based and currently standarizing for running on other platforms, but due to that, it requires MS runtime components to be installed on linux.
It's composed by a server running part, that using openmediavault-mediabrowser plugin can be installed on our OMV systems, and client components being them mobile apps, smart devices or a custom client program that it's something XBMC alike for installing on HTPC.
The server publishes an administration page and a web client where you can configure the media catalog and directly reproduce your contents on your browser or redirect to other device in your net, respectively. MediaBrowser has the same media managing capabilities as their competitors and it's directly compatible with their metadata organization.
It is compatible with DLNA, Chromecast, Roku and android/iOS/Windows phone devices. Also with a compatible TV tuner you can stream live television and manage your DVR on any device running Media Browser.
It does not have the Plex remote access and "community" media access, as those functions are provided by Plex organization itself. So with MediaBrowser, if you want to make your media available outside your private network you will have to open ports on your router, setup dynamic IP services and VPN stuff, depending on you want to accomplish.
I had been working on this plugin and with the greatly appreciated help of ryecoaaron and jhmiller now it's available as my first contribution to this community.
I was taken by surprise by the latest flash-prices raising of Plex and thought that we should had an alternative that we can try before deciding. Unfortunately I was caught by the rising date. I'm sorry for that.
Please take into consideration that this plugin requires/installs mono. Even when the plugin only installs a small runtime version, mono is one of those things that creates wide dependencies and depending on the linux components your are using, uninstalling it may render those components unusable. Again, if you only plan to take a look at the plugin, please do that on a testing machine.
Note: This plugin requires OMV 1.0 and up version.
In order to install the plugin, you will first install/update the omv-extras plugin.
Then in the secondary tab, you will find the Mono repository that you must activate.
The plugin sources will then be updated and you will have the new omv-mediabrowser plugin ready to install at the plugins page.
The installation procedure may take a bit depending on your connection. After it's completed, it's recommended to reboot the server.
After the reboot, you must activate the mediabrowser service at the plugin configuration page.
Then you must configure the server for it's first use by click on the Administration button again at the plugin configuration page. That will open a new tab on your browser and guide you through the MB3 initial configuration. (follow instructions after the installation part)
Now you can access your MediaBrowser Server instance at http://yourserveriporname:8096/mediabrowser
Cache folder location feature has been dropped.
From version 1.0.2, the plugin allows for changing cache folder location. There you must specify a dedicated folder for the mediabrowser data. The plugin will try to take ownership, move and delete the contents of what you specify there. So telling that the cache folder it's your favorite media folder will obviously be self-defeating.
I don't take any responsibility of data loss and other damage caused by incorrect use of the cache folder location.
For any questions or issues, please post a message here or at the issues section.