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The promised Linux #ds106radio tutorial

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The night I got started on DS106 radio, I stayed up til about 4 AM as Stella Meme can attest. Somewhere out there, the Library of Congress has a record of my frustrations in getting it working as vented on the Twitters. I finally figured it out and I’m broadcasting on DS106 radio now. So if you’re a Linux user and you want to get in on this action, here’s what you need to do:


Most of us Linux users (or a plurality, anyway) use Ubuntu and most all of the software that has an officially supported Linux version has an Ubuntu build. Mixxx is no exception. In fact, with Mixxx, you can get the Ubuntu version… or you can compile from source and good luck with dependencies! So for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, the Mixxx in the official repos doesn’t support Internet broadcasting. Here’s what you need to do:

Open a terminal, and enter:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mixxx/mixxx
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mixxx libportaudio2

That should get you up and running. Now open up Mixxx. Go to Options>Preferences (redundant, I know). The last option should be Live Broadcasting. Here’s the information you need to enter:

IceCast Broadcast Settings
Port:                  8010
Mountpoint        /live
Stream Name    <insert your @twitterhandle and/or showname> Рadding the hashtag #ds106radio will alert some listeners via Twitter
Description        <insert description of your broadcast>
Username          source
Password           ds106
Bitrate               96 kbps (or less)
Protocol             IceCast2

(Other pertinent information can be found here.) Then check Enable Live Broadcasting and you should be good to go! Post a comment on this webzone if you have any issues.

Not Ubuntu:

Mixxx has a wiki for this stuff here. Good luck. I haven’t tried any of it and so can’t certify its fitness as useful information.



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