I already installed NZBDrone / Sonarr on Ubuntu Linux now that I am moving to Arch Linux I have to do it again! The installation process is somewhat different on Arch Linux. I will be running NZBDrone / Sonarr under it’s own user account and group as it’s more secure than running it on a shared account or root. I will also be starting it at boot for convenience.
Previously I installed NZBGet on Ubuntu Linux now that I am moving to Arch Linux I am doing it again! The installation process has distinct differences on Arch Linux hence this article. I will also be setting up a user account and group for NZBGet as it’s more secure than running it as root.
The A-Series APU’s from AMD integrate a powerful entry-level GPU and offer excellent performance and power saving balance. The default open source driver on Linux however are not ideal and proprietary driver offered by Ubuntu are a little outdated. To get the best performance and reduce possible bugs it’s a good idea to install the latest AMD Drivers for Linux.
Many newer Western Digital hard drives have a new power saving feature called idle3. Unfortunately on Linux this does not work well and can cause excessive head parking depending on the default factory setting. Since this is a proprietary feature it cannot be modified with conventional tools like hdparm. There is a “wdidle3″ tool but since it only runs on DOS it is not very convenient. Luckily there is a Linux application created just for this!
Maraschino is a web-based front end that brings together several applications together like XBMC, CouchPotato, Headphones, uTorrent, NZBGet and more. It aggregates information from these applications and displays it all on one page. Maraschino runs on python and is easy to install and configure. For a similar alternative check out how to Install HTPC Manager on Ubuntu Linux.
In Linux server distributions mounting does not normally take place automatically. On the other hand desktop operating systems like Ubuntu will often mount in such a way as to make it impossible to know a location of a specific device. This is the main reason it is essential to configure mounting options manually on a file server. A typical way to mount partitions is in the fstab which is a configuration file that is read earlier in the boot process than user scripts.
MHDDFS is a fuse based driver. It is used to seamlessly combine several directories or mount points into a single virtual file system. Since it is not in the Linux kernel it uses a significant amount of processing power and suffers somewhat from reduced write performance. If that is not acceptable try to Install AuFS. For home server purposes MHDDFS is perfectly acceptable and simple to set up. There are only a handful of options of which a few are essential for basic customization.