My previous post appears to have garnered a fair bit of interest from those running a local Squeezebox Server on their Pi, and there was a particular demand for the .deb package that I compiled based on my own compiled system. So, with 7.8 being released and my understanding of the SBS system continuing to improve, I think it's about time that I updated my tutorial and generated a proper .deb from source...
After a fortnight of frustration with my host, HostPapa, I need to vent my irritation somewhere. A blog post seems the ideal solution!
HostPapa have served me excellently over the past couple of years: 'unlimited' space and bandwidth (presumably not truly unlimited, but certainly more than I currently need), and a relatively complete offer in terms of server functionality. There have of course been issues: their shared servers allow access to a shared /tmp directory, which caused me problems once, when someone else had previously installed a blog package, leaving detritus which prevented my install due to ownership issues.
It's been a long time coming, but Logitech has finally dumped the fantastic Squeezebox systems they bought from Slim Devices some years ago. Ultimately, I think they never understood the product they bought: incredibly powerful and widely revered for its audio fidelity/quality, its plugin structure, but requiring a fairly high level of technical expertise. From my original SB3, I now have a selection of players round the house, run from my home server. And perhaps I should treat myself to a Touch before they disappear forever...
Let's start with a prediction: The Cloud won't last.
That might be controversial, but having been running my own home server for a couple of years, I think that the future is going to see everyone owning their own "personal cloud" system: probably in the form of a small box you plug in at home, and that stores and runs everything on every device you own, wherever you are.
That means not only your photos, videos and music stored safely on your home network and streamed to your phone, but also all your applications, settings and desktop too. You arrive at work; your phone is wirelessly connected; and the screen flashes up with the desktop as you just left at home. You're on the train; you open you phone to continue watching the same TV programme you were watching on TV last night.
Anyway, that's not the point of this post, which is actually a refresh of my home server setup. Having been playing with my Raspberry Pi for a couple of months, I think it's going to make an excellent replacement for my old Buffalo Linkstation which currently holds together my home network.