VortexBox is a free, open source, quick install Linux distribution that turns your unused computer into an easy to use music server/jukebox. Once VortexBox has been loaded on an unused 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 player such as Logitech Squeezebox. The music files can also be streamed to a Windows or Mac OSX system.
After VortexBox is installed it can be controlled by it's Web GUI from any web browser. VortexBox can be loaded an bare hardware. No OS needs to be loaded on you computer. If you have an OS on your computer VortexBox will reformat your drive automatically. If you are building a small computer to use as a NAS VortexBox is the perfect OS. Unlike WHS (Windows Home Server) and many other NAS operating systems VortexBox is free.