best Linux for plex

pht-for-linux

#1

Hi, i have a machine that currently runs Win 10 Pro, and plex and its basically on 24/7
Now its due a reinstall as its getting laggy, and i was looking at maybe putting Linux on it instead. Its an i3 2120 3.30GHz with 4GB ddr.

I didnt realise there were different versions of Linux and im a bit confused, is it worth putting linux on this server instead or should i just reinstall win 10 pro?


#2

I would give fedora a try. It's really stable and had an app store. You can also install apps by tryping yum install. If not available add the repo and then using the .rpm if supported.


#3

You would be mad not to put Ubuntu based distro at the top of your list first. Arguably widest hardware compatibility, software availability & tech help.

Lubuntu for lightest, simplest. Xubuntu for a bit more full featured. Kubuntu 17.04 for beautiful full desktop environment but still good resource usage. The Gnome versions are too heavy on resources, avoid.

If you're technically skilled you may of course just install the server version of Ubuntu 16.0.4.3 & run it headless.

Check your hardware for compatibility.

Fedora : newer application packages but much heavier on resources than other distro's & reputation for beta type instability. Not recommended for most folks.

Manjaro : Very up to date core system & applications. Excellent stability & out of box experience. You fore go easy access to peripherals drivers such as printers/scanners as most manufacturers do not provide their drivers in a form for Arch based Linux distro's. Some are packaged by volunteers.


#4

Linux Mint arguably offers the best user experience out there, i may be biased as I have chosen mint as my preferred distro for more than 4 years now but I have used many, many other distros and have found none better.

Mint is based on ubuntu but has all the crap removed and a much nicer default desktop.


#5

@MattTwinkleToes said:
Linux Mint arguably offers the best user experience out there, i may be biased as I have chosen mint as my preferred distro for more than 4 years now but I have used many, many other distros and have found none better.

Mint is based on ubuntu but has all the crap removed and a much nicer default desktop.

Linux Mint was my thought! I have an older Mac Mini that I want to use but figured I'd see what others are using.


#6

I’m relatively new to Plex, but a long time Linux user. I’ve got an old HP running Linux Mint for years now. Recently added a 4TB HDD to dedicate the HP as a 24/7 Plex Server.

The Advantage to Mint - I can easily digitize DVDs and CDs with MakeMKV and Asunder, as well as look up information with Firefox. - To for example: get the proper naming conventions for movies.


#7

Been running my plex server off Ubuntu Gnome 17.04 without any hiccups. Looking now for my next ubuntu based LTS distro and would like a distro with better resources as Gnome is far too heavy.

Thinking about:

Xubuntu - low on system resources but worried about lack of Vsync support on the desktop leading to possible screen tearing in video.

Kubuntu - again low on system resource but is still a bit bloated software wise. Never been that keen on KDE though.

Ubuntu Budgie - very nice looking distro but a little higher on system resource, but less than Gnome.

Linux Mint - great distro with the Cinnamon desktop, system resource reasonable.

My server is also my HTPC.