I have been having constant issues getting MPD going through the local alsa daemon and went on a search for an alternative,  I have a setup with a 2 watt FM transmitter that transmits through out the house. I love the effect of being able to listen to the same song synchronised through the house.


Groovebasin is a web based music player with a built in MPD daemon, it also has automatic volume levelling, streaming support, file system monitoring as well as Last.fm scrobbling.






Instructions for installation is on the github page.


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X Server on both Server and Client


SSH must be configured for X11 Forwarding, make sure that the directive below is set in /etc/ssh/ssh_config.

X11Forward yes

Remotely Displaying an Ubuntu Application

ssh -X user@hostname

To display the application on the client just run it from the command prompt.

For a faster connection you could run in trusted mode

ssh -Y user@hostname


With slower links you can also enable compression

ssh -X -C user@hostname
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Ajenti will not run on Ubuntu Server 14.10 without some tweaks.

Some packages are missing that would prevent you from getting to Ajenti via https://localhost:8000/

So , here is how to install Ajenti on Ubuntu Server 14.10!


Quick automatic install

wget -O- https://raw.github.com/Eugeny/ajenti/master/scripts/install-ubuntu.sh | sudo sh


Install Python-Dev

sudo apt-get install python-dev


Install Python-setuptools

sudo apt-get install python-setuptools


Setup gevent

sudo easy_install -U gevent


Good luck!

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If the Ubuntu Server installer has set your server to use DHCP, you will want to change it to a static IP address so that people can actually use it.

Changing this setting without a GUI will require some text editing, but that’s classic linux, right?

Let’s open up the /etc/network/interfaces file. I’m going to use vi, but you can choose a different editor

sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

For the primary interface, which is usually eth0, you will see these lines:

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

As you can see, it’s using DHCP right now. We are going to change dhcp to static, and then there are a number of options that should be added below it. Obviously you’d customize this to your network.

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static

Now we’ll need to add in the DNS settings by editing the resolv.conf file:

sudo vi /etc/resolv.conf

On the line ‘name server xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx’ replace the x with the IP of your name server. (You can do ifconfig /all to find out what they are)

You need to also remove the dhcp client for this to stick (thanks to Peter for noticing). You might need to remove dhcp-client3 instead.


sudo apt-get remove dhcp-client


Now we’ll just need to restart the networking components:

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

Ping www.google.com. If you get a response, name resolution is working(unless of course if google is in your hosts file).

Really pretty simple.


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Sunday, 22 March 2015 12:01

Setting up Plex on Ubuntu Server 14.10

In this article I will show you how I installed Plex Media Server on Ubuntu Server 14.10.


There are no nice packages on any Ubuntu repo, so we will need to get the deb file from Plex's website.


$ sudo apt-get install gdebi
$ wget https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-media-server/
$ sudo gdebi plexmediaserver_0.


To remove Plex Server

$ sudo apt-get remove plexmediaserver


Once you have installed Plex Media Server, you can access it remotely via the web frontend http://<yourservername>:32400/web/manage


Good Luck!

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