I discovered XBMC in 2004 when I was looking for a suitable home theater solution to play various media at my home. XBMC was then only available on the Microsoft XBOX. Time went by and the XBOX started to show some limitations when HD movies became mainstream, so I then turned my eyes towards the PC version of XBMC to build a low-cost, low-power media PC. When NVidia released the ION plaform in 2008, I knew that this is what I was looking for, so I started my journey there. I seized this opportunity to finally open the door of my home to Linux as a « production » OS (no longer a dual-boot toy).
What started as a media center quickly became a NAS, a backup system, a streaming solution, a weather station database, and a few years later I had converted all PCs in my home to Linux.
A few weeks ago, I jumped another step and decided to get my own dedicated host when OVH released their low-cost kimsufi offering. I was not sure what to do with it at the time, but I knew there will be a lot of possibilities, and that it would be fun.
Throughout this journey, the Internet has been of tremendous help, but it is sometimes complicated to get relevent information for your specific case, and sometimes even more difficult to find it again when you need it later.
Instead of taking notes privately, I have decided to take them in this blog format in case other people, like me, face similar issues. This content is mostly for myself, but if it can help somebody someday, then it would be my way to return the favour to the open-source community.
I hope you’ll have as much fun as I have.