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NAS / Media / HTPC server stuff for Linux

Discussion in 'Linux & Open Source' started by PaulCa, May 29, 2018.

  1. PaulCa

    Gangster

    Joined: May 3, 2018

    Posts: 459

    So yesterday I cleared the boot drive of my old gaming rig and installed a bare bones Gentoo server.

    I have NFS, Samba and MiniDLNA running currently. This means I get nice fast access from Linux via NFS, user session based access via Samba/CIFs for Windows etc and I can browse through stuff on the smart TV or Mobile phone via DLNA. I do still need to install a DLNA client in windows though.

    I'm left feeling this is all a bit raw and dull.

    Are the any useful applications/servers that I can install to make it more convenient? I realise that some of these might be client side, such as pointing Kodi at the DLNA server and letting it index, categorize etc.

    I see a lot of focus in the NAS/Media server space is around "appliance" based solutions like FreeNAS etc. Also a lot of focus on media centre rather than media server, so a local display is expected.

    Just looking for ideas. One thing that might crop up, is remote access, I assume that won't be DLNA but more likely a streaming style web application to stream audio and video over HTML5 or Flash.
     
  2. pete910

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 3, 2013

    Posts: 2,223

    Plex is good for this tbh. plex then streams whatever media you have on it.

    Kodi can also be used and point to the NFS/SMB share and stream it directly from the server.

    Router/Acces point(if you have a wifi card in it)

    Proxy server with content filtering is another use.

    You could do some VM's is it's up to it.

    I use ClearOS as I do all the above but the VM's.
     
  3. PaulCa

    Gangster

    Joined: May 3, 2018

    Posts: 459

    I might try Plex, but it's payware and I'm not sure I like how they operate. I would be suspicious about it farming me for data by phoning home all the time.

    Kodi on the client is something I'll try now I have a new PI3 memory card.

    Not entirely sure how VMs would help. I have no need to run multiple different services, unless I wanted to try FreeNAS and running a virtual array on a non-RAID disc would be a bit pointless, except to experiment.

    The server is: AMD FX9590 - 16Gb DDR3 1866 - NVidia 710, so it will handle 4-8 VMs if I had a need.
     
  4. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

    Posts: 1,060

    I do something similar with Kodi. I use a NUC to run kodi (which is a bit overpowered), and would highly recommend the new Gemini Lake atom NUCs (June Canyon) that do h265 & 4k 60fps (it's nice to have GUI running fast).
     
  5. Bluecube

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 20, 2011

    Posts: 1,365

    Plex is well worth it. It will cut out a lot of hassle and aggravation from your project and will let you enjoy watching and listening to your media.
     
  6. npinn001

    Gangster

    Joined: May 9, 2012

    Posts: 103

    I'm currently running a gigabyte Brixton with n3150 but it's feeling a bit long in the tooth. Is the gemini lake a big step up?
     
  7. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

    Posts: 1,060

    Tbh not really unless you care about hevc decoding and hdmi2.0. Performance wise it's not going to be very different and it's not miles ahead in thermal efficiency either. I upgraded from an i3 broadwell simply for hdmi2, hevc and built-in spdif (yup I'm still old school :/)
     
  8. npinn001

    Gangster

    Joined: May 9, 2012

    Posts: 103

    Thanks, so I can save some cash for now then!
     
  9. Buffalo2102

    Hitman

    Joined: Jun 9, 2004

    Posts: 600

    I used to use Plex but it got too much for my simple needs and I changed to Serviio some time ago. Tried Emby for a while too but didn't like it. I have fond memories of using Minidlna though. Used it for a number of years before moving onto a gui-based solution.

    The free version of Serviio is all I need but if you want all the Pro features (access outside network, apps, etc.) you can try them out for 30 days and then purchase ($25) if you want them.