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I am looking at making a budget media centre. I am new to Linux and have not yet installed it but think I can manage. I want to use Ubuntu and would like to use my Android phones to control or work as a remote for media playing to a TV.

My setup will be the media box to TV via HDMI (no keyboard or mouse connected) then to my Wi-Fi router via Ethernet.

So I want to be able to turn this PC on and after it's booted directly from my phone control the PC remotely to open the media application and run videos and open photos directly to the TV.

I am using a Samsung Galaxy S II and soon a new Sony for the wife.

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Not an answer at all, but some geeks may smile at the fact that I love using PuTTy on my mobile to connect via SSH to my laptop instead of standing up from a comfy chair, and walking few meters to turn the volume down ;) – Rafał Cieślak Apr 17 '12 at 19:32

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If you install the xbmc packages (and use that environment), you can control your machine from android, because there is an app called xbmc remote in google play. It works flawlessly for me.

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Xbmc now included in 12.04 repository – Tachyons Apr 17 '12 at 9:49

You can use anyRemote too

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Works very well... as a remote. You can control Video players and stuff very easily, but it does not rally work as a mouse or keyboard... – Wilf Dec 23 '13 at 14:24

If you use VLC (a popular video/music player) in Ubuntu you could use one of the apps from the Google play store.

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... and VLC has a web interface too – bohdan_trotsenko Sep 24 '12 at 11:32

I used the standart VNC server (Desktop Sharing app in Ubuntu) and PocketCloud.

It's easy to setup and works well.

You can find instruction here: click.

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An application that comes close to doing this is RemoteDroid. It makes your touchscreen phone work like a wireless touchpad + keyboard combination.

There are two separate applications you need to download for this - one for your linux machine (server) and another for your Android Phone.

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I have good experience with Home Remote Control. Works good with linux.

You can control:

  • media (play, stop, volume, ...)
  • mouse, keyboard,
  • browse folders, upload / download files to smartphone
  • run a command

All those are "shortcuts" organized to "shotcut groups" and are implemented / can be configured with custom commands.

There is no need to install anything on Ubuntu (just xdotools for media control by commands). The connection is by username/password or by ssh-key/passphrase

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I would also recommend

Which uses XBMC and has configured shares for easily coping media to the media center. It is a very simple install and requires minimal hardware.

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you can use Remote Computer Over Android free and without ads

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I found only one app that is free, generic (not written specifically to work with a certain program), doesn't require installing special custom server software for that app, and is able to connect to my computer (well… after working with the author to find and fix an unreasonable restriction).

It is XMouse and it is open-source. No ads and no nags. You can use it as a mouse, keyboard, or remote control with programmable buttons (execute any command you want). Maybe not the greatest user interface (takes some time to understand and get used to it), but it works well.

The only requirements are ssh and xdotool (well, xdotool is not 100% required, but I think it's at least needed for the mouse and keyboard functionality).

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There is a small operating system geexbox Its just a media center Linux distribution Give it a Try too..

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