The Ubuntu Linux operating system can play all the same audio and video files that a Windows or Mac computer can. Ubuntu also can stream these files directly to your PlayStation 3, provided you have the right software. All software for the Ubuntu operating system is free, so if your goal is to get a media server connection working between your computer and PS3, you won't have to look far for the right equipment.
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Use VLC Media Player. It comes as a default install in Ubuntu, meaning it is a program you already have. However, it is only capable of streaming one file at a time to your PS3. Open VLC Media Player from the "Applications" menu and open the file you want to stream. Click "File" and "Stream" to stream the file to your PS3.
Download and use PS3 Media Server for Linux. PS3 Media Server is capable of simultaneously streaming many files to your PS3 from your Linux desktop. With PS3 Media Server installed, open the program and select "Add Folder" to stream an entire folder of media files to your PS3. PS3 Media Server also can take files in formats the PS3 cannot read (such as the MKV format) and convert them into a format that is compatible with the console.
Use MediaTomb, a free UPnP media server application available for Ubuntu. MediaTomb allows you to stream individual files or entire directories directly to your PS3. The software supports audio, video and image files. Both your Ubuntu computer and PS3 have to be on at the same time for the streaming to take place.
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