Set up a media server in Good OS

I find that Ubuntu makes a lot of things easier and Good OS happens to be Ubuntu at its core.  Here’s a screenshot showing that as well as a little background on the machine that is running that is running this operating system.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use Linux distro that’ll also make media serving simple, this is a good candidate.

To enable file sharing, just right-click the directory you want to share and choose “Sharing Options”.  If you don’t have the necesary application(s) to enable sharing, you will be prompted to download them.  These are going to be the all the applications associated with Samba — from, the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix. After that’s done, you’ll have a pop-up window like this to choose your settings and name your share.

Once you’ve clicked “Modify Share”, you’re pretty much done!  It’s as easy as that.  Now, you’ll see that the shared directory has a different icon.

If all the computers on your home network are under the same workgroup (should be WORKGROUP by default), then you should see this computer as well as its shares when you browse your network from another Windows or Linux machine.

You can open up the system monitor on Good OS and take a look at resources tab to get a visual while it is serving.  The CPU utilization is pretty high mainly because of the desktop environment and the transfer speed is about 1.5 Mb/s.  These screenshots show the server’s state when it’s streaming a video and when it’s not.

There you have it, media serving in Good OS.


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