Which open source Network Attached Storage is best for a media centre running KODI?

Which open source NAS solution would you use (or are you using) for a KODI media centre?


Ripping difficult double feature DVDs.


Handbrake is my favourite DVD ripping software, it's fast, simple once you get to know how to use it, and can batch process television show episodes. But occasionally it doesn't correctly parse DVDs, point in case the double feature DVD I picked up awhile back with The Swap, featuring Robert Deniro, and Out of the Blue featuring and directed by Dennis Hopper. Handbrake sees this particular double feature as one long movie.

Beware of Despicable ME2 mini-movie collection sold at Walmart

I buy a lot of movies at Walmart because we live so close. One of the original reasons I set up XBMC/KODI was so I could tuck my movie collection away. This is actually starting to happen now, I'm pulling the DVDs and Blueray discs out of the boxes and putting them in binders/storage units so they don't take up so much space. But the truth is I've bought a lot more DVDs and Blueray discs since setting up XBMC/KODI several years back (maybe I should have stuck with MythTV but we ditched our cable company).

Work, workstation

It's been awhile since I last posted something here. I was tempted to comment on the election in Canada, but I think after a prolonged election everyone has had enough of politics for awhile. So here's a screenshot of my current Linux desktop at work. For the curious I'm running Xubuntu 14.04 on a Touch Systems branded computer with the following hardware:

Intel Core i5-2300 @ 3.10GHz (4 cores), Gigabyte H67MA-D2H-B3, 4GB RAM, a Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB hard drive, an NVidia GeForce 210 1GB video card, a Dell SP2309W monitor and an Asus VE24K monitor.

Virtualbox - refuses to load guest additions

Over the past two days I've been trying to get shared folders working in Virtualbox under Ubuntu with an Ubuntu Server guest OS. First I installed the guest additions on the Ubuntu OS, when that didn't work (the client said it didn't recognize vboxsf and vboxfs mount types) I tried installing them in the guest OS (Ubuntu server). I also tried installing dkms in both OS'. At this point I'd tear my hair out but since I recently got a buzz cut it's a little hard.Missing something, this should be extremely simple.