Setting up the ultimate automated home media center

Having a home media center is really handy. It can do a ton of things besides just storing and playing your movies and TV series. You can also use them as network-accessible storage or an automated backup system or can even set them up as emulators to play vintage arcade games. The really amazing thing is that you can automate some tasks that you didn't even know wanted to be automated. In this article, we will explore one such automated workflow.

How to free up disk space on Ubuntu when your root partition is almost full

Generally, it is a good idea to have a separate root and home partition, so when you decide to try a new Linux distribution or do a clean install, you can reformat the root partition without losing your personal data. With this method a few years back 8 GB was more than enough for the root partition, but now with the advent of Snap, Flatpak and other alternatives, even a 20 GB root partition can run out of space in a few months. Let's see how to clean up space on a modern Ubuntu-based distribution like Zorin OS or Mint...

11 things to do after installing Zorin OS 16

extremely clean, modern-looking Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. With the 4 different desktop layouts (with 4 more in the Pro version) it will be a familiar experience no matter if your last computer had Windows 7-10-11, macOS, ChromeOS. Version 16 based on Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS just arrived a few weeks ago and you should really give it a try... and if you do, read on for some tips on how to make an awesome distro even better.

Software selection for Linux in Q2 2021

With the release of Ubuntu 21.04, official support for fractional scaling was announced. I decided to do a fresh install on my desktop system to check out solely this feature. To speed up the post-install configuration phase and to score an easy blog post, I made a list of the software I use every day.

Enabling Numlock and tap to click on the login screen of Zorin OS (and Ubuntu)

I don't have too many pet peeves, but a disabled Numlock is annoying as hell, especially if you type numbers a lot. It is also infuriating if you physically have to click the trackpad instead of just tapping lightly once you got used to this feature in Windows. When I used a Macbook Pro for a few months this has baffled me but I didn't realize you can enable tap to click in system preferences.

Force Janitor to work with your upgraded Kodi installation

Janitor is an addon for Kodi that will automatically scan your library for watched movies, TV show episodes and music videos based on criteria such as age, rating or free disk space. I set it up to delete what we already saw after 2 days except if it is in a protected folder. It is a great tool to free up disk space on your device, but if you upgrade to a version of Kodi that is not supported, it will be disabled and you will have to delete stuff manually again.

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