Conducting Virtual Meetings With Linux, Part II - page 2
Setting Up Your Audio Streaming System With Integrated Chat
The tricky part of streaming audio and running a chat session together was that there were lots of process steps and quite a few parts that needed to function together. Fortunately, the programs usually worked with off-the-shelf defaults and were started by simply typing the program name.
Here is the grocery list of programs that I used for the streaming/chat machine(s):
- Apache - the http server. Usually included in your Linux distribution. I needed to make sure the http daemon was running, otherwise I couldn't hear anything. Apache and the Icecast server should be on the same machine.
- Icecast - the streaming broadcast server. I used the version bundled with SuSE 7.3. An RPM can be found at http://rpmfind.net/linux/RPM/freshmeat/icecast/icecast-1.3.0-1.i386.html.
- NotLame - the audio encoder. I downloaded the RPM at http://hive.me.gu.edu.au/not_lame.
- Liveice - the audio streaming controller. Again I used the version bundled with SuSE 7.3. RPMs for liveice can be found at http://star.arm.ac.uk/~spm/software/liveice.html. The Melbourne LUG uses the Darkice package, so you might want to check out http://darkice.sourceforge.net/.
- Smixer, gamix - some type of audio mixer. Usually included in a Linux distribution.
The RPMs were installed using:
# rpm -Uhv [application].rpm
Icecast, NotLame and Liveice can be installed in the /usr/local directory.
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