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1 • Plex (by Ty Miles on 2017-09-11 01:52:13 GMT from United States) |
I use the Plex for everything now.
I love streaming live TV now from my HD Homerun Prime boxes through Plex. I have 2 of them which take cable cards. Get all my channels anywhere on earth. It’s great.
2 • Ampache Docker on Nextcloud Snap (by BeGo on 2017-09-11 02:25:48 GMT from Indonesia)
I use Ampache Docker, which read media folder in Nextcloud Snap,
sudo snap install nextcloud
sudo docker run --name=ampache -d -v /var/snap/nextcloud/common/nextcloud/data/[USERNAME]/files/[MEDIAFOLDER]:/media:ro -p 80:80 ampache/ampache
3 • To: Robert Rijkhoff (by Tran Older on 2017-09-11 03:45:20 GMT from Vietnam)
You could please both your CEO and Dr Stallman by installing both Namib OS and Parabola OS on the same computer. Both are Arch-based, both have Mate desktop and both are rock solid.
4 • Parabola (by Snek on 2017-09-11 05:17:35 GMT from United States)
It's a shame you had such problems with Parabola. I have been using it for several months on multiple machines, after using Arch for years, and for the most part it is exactly the same for me, despite giving up a few tools that, somewhere down the line, have a dependency on something non-free. #1 pity was giving up VirtualBox, because the BIOS' source code is not under a free license, I believe. So I made the move to QEMU/KVM, which is much more capable now that I have had time to work with it. In the end, I say, if you look at what you use for your everyday tasks and see that you can move to a libre distro like Parabola and still use everything, go ahead and do it.
5 • Plex client (by mikef90000 on 2017-09-11 06:08:11 GMT from United States)
The Plex server installation on the RPi is intriguing. However, the review was unclear about client details. The only Linux desktop client I could find is 'the web', and the Plex website demanded an account registration. Is this really necessary for internal LAN access?
6 • Plex/Kodi (by Arnvidr on 2017-09-11 06:46:16 GMT from Norway)
I tried both of the big ones (and maybe some smaller, I don't recall) and I don't remember which of them messed up what, but in my mind they're now grouped as those front ends that make it really hard to correct meta data when it guesses wrong about a video file, and changed the genres on my music collection on me. That last one in particular was unforgivable.
I'm sure it was my own fault somehow, but I went back to pure NFS shares, the ease of use was just so much higher than with a media server that didn't like/understand/acknowledge my way of organizing my files.
7 • samba shares + foobar2000 on wine (audio only) (by papavlos on 2017-09-11 07:32:49 GMT from Poland)
- UPnP/DLNA Renderer and Media Server add-on to foobar2000
- I didn't find (so far) native linux media server and audio player with full support of flac files with cue and graphics embedded
- fantastic foobarcon controller for Android
- I am freshly migrated from Win - power of habits :)
8 • Media server setup (by Mark B on 2017-09-11 07:58:22 GMT from United Kingdom)
My server is Xubuntu 16.04 64-bit. I am a great believer in flexibility so I have Samba shares set up but I use Subsonic as my media server. I have the matching client software on my mobile phone and tablet. I have a Seagate GoFlex TV media player connected to my TV which can stream over the network.
Part of my 'Plan B' is having all my music saved on an old Buffalo Linkstation NAS and a Dell laptop with a broken screen runnng Daphile. The laptop connects to a USB mixer which I use as a DAC to connect to my hi-fi using RCA/phono plugs.
Sometimes I use Mixxx (DJ-ing) software which is also superb.
9 • Squished menus (by Charles on 2017-09-11 08:32:02 GMT from United Kingdom)
The squished menus look like the result of a GTK theme that doesn't work with GTK+ 3.20/3.22. The Arch Wiki lists some of the themes that should work with GTK+ 3.20 and higher: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/GTK%2B#Themes
As an aside, I still mourn the loss of Clearlooks which was probably the cleanest and most well designed theme we ever got - and the only one I ever really liked. (I know about TraditionalOk. It's a decent imitation but it doesn't quite have the polish that the GTK+ 2 version had imo).
10 • media server (by me2 on 2017-09-11 08:38:56 GMT from United Kingdom)
I do not as a rule stream media. I had need recently though to install a NFS server on the RPI, so that freebsd could actually access files on a external usb hard drive that was ext2 filesystem. I dont need it anymore, as I deleted freebsd altogether. Just plug the drive into a computer via the usb slot, and its good to go.
11 • On Parabola OS (by pola on 2017-09-11 09:20:15 GMT from Netherlands)
Parabola should change its name to Paranoia. It's like Amish community in the modern world. Try to persuade anybody using Windows to go in for it!
12 • media server (by sam on 2017-09-11 11:15:53 GMT from United Kingdom)
I use a RaspberrryPi running MPD, with music stored on my home sever and shared via NFS. MPD lets any computer or phone in the house control the playback.
13 • @11 (by OstroL on 2017-09-11 11:19:07 GMT from Poland)
I believe you are right. We use normal hardware, which has non-free software. We need our hardware to work. Do the people, who make distros like Parabola use mobiles with free software too? Cars with free software? TVs with free software...?
14 • Plex client (by Jesse on 2017-09-11 11:38:18 GMT from Canada)
@5: "The Plex server installation on the RPi is intriguing. However, the review was unclear about client details. The only Linux desktop client I could find is 'the web',"
You can set up the Plex server without an on-line account. As I mentioned in the review, the account is optional. Without an account you just point your web browser to the IP address where your Plex server is running. The music/video streams to your web browser. You don't need to install any client software.
15 • Parabola (by davidnotcoulthard on 2017-09-11 12:02:02 GMT from Indonesia)
@11 I don't see anything Arch-based targeting Windows users.
that and I think the reviewer got a bit lucky with hardware. A lot of hardware still won't work with it - Jesse Smith's AMD PC for example wouldn't get 3D Graphics I think. Then again, this is MATE
though that said a good thing nowadays if one does want to go with a fully-free distro is that it's not actually difficult to intentionally get hardware that does work with a fully-free distro and is fairly recent (albeit with non-free software outside the OS itself, long story), basically amounting to making sure one gets Atheros n wi-fi plus Intel iGPU (not sure sky/coffee lake works, I'll admit).
16 • DietPi (by Todd Dixon on 2017-09-11 15:05:12 GMT from United States)
I've tried DietPi several times and found it to be useful for setting up a number of different applications for the Raspberry Pi. The base install is the lightweight version of Raspbian. The software performs an update automatically and then allows you to choose from a number of options whether the be LAMP servers, FTP, RetroPi gaming installs, media servers (of which, there are a number to choose from, including Plex), and a host of other applications. It may be useful to readers who need a quick and easy way to get some services running on their Raspberry Pi.
17 • @11 (by tricky on 2017-09-11 15:15:42 GMT from Netherlands)
Amish community? Living in the old ages.
18 • Media server - Why Plex when there are lean mpd and mpc combination (by Damodaran M V on 2017-09-11 15:52:48 GMT from India)
I am using mpd to stream with raspbian lite installed in aheadless pi2 when combined with lirc i can use the cheap IR remote to play songs directly from the server itself or can play using any mpdclient in other devices. great combination
19 • freedom matters (by Tim Dowd on 2017-09-11 15:57:50 GMT from United States)
@ 11, 13, 17
I think y'all need to take a longer perspective before you laugh at the free-software purists. Without their advocacy over the last 4 decades, there is no GNU/Linux. Their inexorable drive towards replacing non-free components made the GNU userland that we all rely on
(a similar comment to yours from the 1980s might be "what's with these weird people that want to make their own compiler") and it fundamentally changed the behavior of many hardware manufacturers to take freedom seriously. Without the FSF and its pointed quest for freedom, even those of us who aren't as pure on that issue wouldn't have options other than completely proprietary software. They deserve our respect for that reason, and its why their work still has value. I long for a future where Linux wifi isn't a pain in the rear, for example, and their fight could help lead to that.
I agree that for most of us we need to use one of the major distros to get our commodity hardware to work and get things done. I also don't think Debian has been treated fairly by the FSF, since they are only free by default and merely give their users the freedom to choose not to be free. But that doesn't change our indebtedness to Richard Stallman and the world he helped create, and I think some gratitude is in order rather than derision.
20 • Bad Analogy (by M.Z. on 2017-09-11 22:11:02 GMT from United States)
@11 & such
"...It's like Amish community in the modern world..."
That's a fairly bad analogy. If you want to compare the "Libre Only" Distro makers to one group with a strong philosophy on how everyone should live, then the best group would seem to be political anarchists. Both groups strongly wave the banner of "freedom for all" & have large problems connecting with potential converts at a very practical level.
For political anarchists the problems is essentially this: "but if there are no governments & no corporations, who will pave the roads?" & thus you get a total non-starter with what seems like few if any real world solutions.
In a similar fashion the problem with libre software hardliners is basically something like "Well you must be crazy if you think I'm giving up Netflix" & thus you get a total non-starter for many potential PC converts who believe that their computing experience will be hobbled & again you get people who put forward a face that looks very impractical when compared to what most people want in the real world.
That being said I do agree with some of the sentiments #19 expresses, even if I'm not a libre software type.
21 • Minix (by unixoid on 2017-09-11 23:44:41 GMT from Thailand)
really interesting news about Minux-3 via Netbsd As soon as they get a web browser working may check it out
22 • Storing Media on an External Drive (by Bruce Fowler on 2017-09-12 02:50:44 GMT from United States)
"Plex appears to be hard-wired to store its database and meta data under the /var/lib/plexmediaserver directory. On my system, /var is located on an 8GB SD card."
Just mount your external disk's file system on /var/lib/plexmediaserver. No need to move the whole of /var to another physical storage device.
23 • Non-free hysteria (by A on 2017-09-12 02:51:10 GMT from Australia)
Non-free wallpapers? come on. The FSF come across as a bunch of lunatics. Whats next? can't eat non-free pizza?
24 • Bad Analogies (by Kragle von Schnitzelbank on 2017-09-12 03:11:23 GMT from United States)
@20 • There are cults far more narrow-minded than the Amish.
The "non-starter" that "their computing experience will be hobbled" is on point - extremists are all about freed software … not freedom of choice for mere individuals/users. But then, making it "too easy" to do business with others just enables continued foolish dependencies…
25 • Media Server (by More Gee on 2017-09-12 05:44:43 GMT from United States)
I've been using SMServer for years and love it on an old PC. It runs an intranet and a media server and runs a printer server for FSF distros. This brings up why I gave up on them, someone changes their mind on the new version or the company is sold it will just disappear one day, it should just stay on the old version. Also if I install the hardware driver from A CD it should be OK to use on that machine, not take it away.
Especially when Iceweasel and IceCat are going back to the parent in Debian (Firefox) and one day they will just disappear leaving you without a browser.
I am interested trying Dietpi. Samba client has been working less and less lately and may try Plex again. Thanks #22, but for some reason it would not find the path even after mounting I will try again.
26 • @ 19, 20 24 Bad analogy (by tricky on 2017-09-12 13:12:57 GMT from Netherlands)
Well, maybe guys are unhappy as Amish lives in the US, so maybe analogy to ISIS? Living in terms of 1400 or 2000 years back. maybe, no one should use mobile phone, cars etc, just mules and dum dums...?
27 • Parabola and IceCat/IceWeasel (by Andy Prough on 2017-09-12 14:18:14 GMT from Asia/Pacific Region)
Glad you got to try Parabola, Robert. I've found it's typically easier for me to install from the minimal network installer, since that will give you the most up to date packages. Most ISOs are likely to be a barely working snapshot from some point in the past. My experience with Tumbleweed is the same - because it is a rolling release, it's probably best to install it with the net installer.
I never had much luck with the free browser versions of Firefox that come with Parabola and Trisquel, like IceCat, IceWeasel, aBrowser, etc. They are all just terrible, half broken, out of date browsers. I read enough to find that they weren't even necessary except for bizarre fights by the Debian and FSF community with the Mozilla community over insignificant things like the licensing of artwork. So I've always just used Firefox for a much more sane user experience.
28 • Amish etc.. (by shevy on 2017-09-12 14:33:13 GMT from Austria)
> Well, maybe guys are unhappy as Amish lives in the US, so maybe analogy to ISIS?
That is a bad comparison.
ISIS "preach" conservative values but use modern weapons and technology (smartphones) to be deployed as mercenaries.
I assume that the Amish also partially are ... more modern now than they were 100 years ago, but
it is all very unrelated to the *nix stack as a whole.
There is a reason why the supercomputers are powered by Linux almost exclusively - and the reason is simple:
And if you want to change this ... come up with an OS that is superior. It's that simple. :)
29 • Media streaming (by pepa65 on 2017-09-12 15:45:19 GMT from Thailand)
For many years we've only used media streaming over ssh, just connecting with an account to our server over ssh and play whatever from there.
But inspired by this week's Distrowatch article on Plex, I decided to try a media server, and found and installed minidlna. Can easily connect to it on our Android phones, doesn't take much resources on our tiny server, so it will stay..!
30 • Accepted and waiting distro list (by cykodrone on 2017-09-12 16:59:26 GMT from Canada)
I had a look at the waiting to be accepted/accepted distro list, some have been accepted but have not released an ISO? Shouldn't they have to at least release a beta? You should have a time limit for a new accepted distro's first release and a time limit for distros that go dorment, if a distro hasn't had a release in 3-5 years, the patient is on life support. Is Distrowatch a historical archive? It would clean up you distro list a little and make your system a little fairer, right now it's a confusing dumpster fire. Maybe have a separate gone but not forgotten section?
31 • Waiting list (by Jesse on 2017-09-12 17:44:30 GMT from Canada)
>> "I had a look at the waiting to be accepted/accepted distro list, some have been accepted but have not released an ISO?"
All of the projects in our database have released an ISO/IMG. Otherwise we wouldn't be able to get package lists, screen shots, etc.
>> "You should have a time limit for a new accepted distro's first release and a time limit for distros that go dorment, if a distro hasn't had a release in 3-5 years, the patient is on life support."
That is exactly how our status indicator works.
>> " Is Distrowatch a historical archive?"
Sort of. We maintain information on distributions after they have been discontinued, if that is what you are asking.
>> "Maybe have a separate gone but not forgotten section?"
That is what you get when you search for discontinued or dormant projects. By default our search results and distro selector just show active projects to avoid clutter.
32 • Samba NAS setup (by Voncloft on 2017-09-12 18:00:33 GMT from United States)
I have a "router" built with Gentoo as its Base Linux System with an external hard drive that doubles as a NAS - clients connect via samba and watch in VLC.
Running strong for 3 years
33 • old memories awakened (by time on 2017-09-12 19:34:02 GMT from United States)
@7 Thanks for mentioning foobar2000. I enjoyed using it under windows, but had forgotten that foobar2000 a cross-platform application!
34 • Analogies Still Terrible (by M.Z. on 2017-09-12 23:38:13 GMT from United States)
"...so maybe analogy to ISIS? Living in terms of 1400 or 2000 years back. maybe, no one should use mobile phone, cars etc, ..."
That's an even worse analogy. In addition to what #28 said, there is also the whole 'do it our way or die' super authoritarian nonsense that ISIS are into. That's got absolutely nothing to do with people who are too hardcore about 'free as in speech' software. These folks genuinely mean well & truly do believe in personal freedoms, they just want very much for you to exercise that freedom in a way that supports software that is far less convenient to use.
Another point where the both the previous Amish talk & the # 26 point break down is that the FSF hardliners very much do want you to use very modern & often quite cutting edge software as an Arch based distro would be. After all, the Linux kernel is far newer in Parabola than in my copy of LMDE 2. It's simply that this entirely modern software stack is compiled into a Distro that is built around a philosophy of software, rather than around making things work easily for typical users.
Perhaps my analogy has a bit of an obscure poly-sci side to it; however, I maintain that political anarchism & it's radical & impractical vision of freedom is far more in line with 'free as in speech software' hardliners than any other analogy I've heard. Maybe you have to have taken some college political sciences courses or be well read on alternative political philosophies to really get it, but anarchists & 'Libre Software'hardliners really are surprisingly similar. In fact, given the bad pun I once heard RMS make about having a 'pro-state gland' I'm guessing he has been approached by more than a couple of anarchists who saw lots of similarities in political philosophy that they wanted to discuss.
35 • @31 31 • Waiting list (by Jesse) (by tricky on 2017-09-13 05:43:08 GMT from Netherlands)
>> " Is Distrowatch a historical archive?"
Sort of. We maintain information on distributions after they have been discontinued, if that is what you are asking.
Not completely true.
What do you get, when you click open Alinex, for example? You get a Featured Distribution: 3CX Phone System. And, when you click on Firefly? The same "featured" one. Or Fermi? Or Funtoo, which is a active distro? The same "featured" distro.
You have to do some overhauling.
36 • RE: 35 Waiting list (by ladislav on 2017-09-13 05:56:41 GMT from Taiwan)
The "Featured Distribution: 3CX Phone System" is an advertisement that gets displayed at the bottom of the list of distro releases. If you choose Alinex, Firefly, Fermi or Funtoo and all you get is the 3CX ad, that's because we have never ever announced any release by Alinex, Firefly, Fermi or Funtoo. In other words, you'll get an empty list followed by the 3CX ad.
If you select a distribution with one or more release that have been announced on DistroWatch, you'll get a list of this distribution's past releases, plus the usual suspect - the 3CX ad.
37 • Archive of Linux, BSD, DOS, Solaris and others (by OstroL on 2017-09-13 06:01:20 GMT from Poland)
Have a look at https://archiveos.org/linux/, if you are interested in former distros.
38 • @37 Thanks for the link (by cykodrone on 2017-09-13 14:01:52 GMT from Canada)
Brought back a lot of memories. Ahhh, the good ol' days, back when things were simple and less bloated. :/
39 • Plex Media Server metadata storage (by Scott Dowdle on 2017-09-13 20:57:27 GMT from United States)
I think you can put your Plex metadata wherever you want if you make a symlink for where it is looking to where it actually is.
40 • Minix-NetBSD-OS (by frenly on 2017-09-14 05:37:50 GMT from Australia)
Interesting video on Minix-NetBSD OS. All these microkernel OS's started life claiming they were the next big thing in computing. But they have since changed to saying that they are best suited to embedded devices - like the Raspberry Pi and Beagleboard for example. It looks like microkernels won't be the savior of computing for some time yet.
41 • The Next Big Thing (by Kragle on 2017-09-15 04:05:55 GMT from United States)
@40 • "… the next big thing in computing …But … embedded devices …"
Aren't vendors pushing embedded devices (especially SoC's) as TNBT? (Perhaps since Different Rules Apply?)
How many critical Real-Time Operating Systems already use micro-kernels?
42 • Minix-NetBSD + SBC (by frenly on 2017-09-16 03:12:22 GMT from Australia)
@41 Maybe embedded devices + microkernel OS's together will be the next big thing - heading up the Internet of Things.
At least Tanenbaum has been clever to us NetBSD userland so that the OS already has access to many apps - allowing the devs to concentrate on getting the microkernel up to speed. So Minix-NetBSD should be the next production-ready OS ahead of others that require native app development.
43 • Media-Server (by Anadi on 2017-09-16 13:08:35 GMT from United Kingdom)
I use Gnome's Rygel to stream to PS4 (Debian) it does what I want.
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CRUX is a lightweight, Linux distribution for computers running on 64-bit x86 and ARM processors. The distribution is targeted at experienced Linux users. The primary focus of this distribution is "keep it simple", which is reflected in a simple tar.gz-based package system, BSD-style initscripts, and a relatively small collection of trimmed packages. The secondary focus is utilization of new Linux features and recent tools and libraries.
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