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My server is running Ubuntu with direct boot to Kodi, also serving as MythTV backend. It has been showing a bit of instability, freezing up and such. I am looking at alternatives and at the moment am looking at Debian and CentOS. I would prefer CentOS as it has a longer support cycle. However the packages I need for both Debian and Cent are only available from unofficial repos. In the case of Debian it's deb-multimedia.org, for Cent is is nux-desktop.

I just don't want to sacrifice the stability provided by these distros with third party repos, when I could just keep Ubuntu on my server / htpc and have the same end result. Any experiences or suggestions on best course of action?
 
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Nux is fine I've used it but don't use any other multimedia repo as they conflict

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Loaded question and not sure if I can help, but run bug tracker searches.

Unofficial (and even official) repos always have a chance to conflict. Always try to roll back a version or two before you give up though.
Worst comes to worst, seek alternative packages. There is really no alternative to Kodi atm, but there might be alternatives when it comes to things it conflicts with.

You can use tracing tools if crashes happen. With Cent, or even Ubuntu, if you are experiencing crashes etc. odds are they happen waaay up stack. So the only solution usually involves swapping apps or rolling back apps as if its the app that crashes and has a ram leak or some such, there isn't much the kernel can do about it. = \

I'd say before you swap distros, try trouble shooting your current set up. Tell us what crashes and maybe we can figure out the solution? Oo if the trail starts leading into kernel or big name libraries than it maybe wise to swap distros, but if its a web browser plug in causing the commotion, or something like that, there are easier fixes. ^^
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I get that. My biggest worry and main desire for stability is #1... my Minecraft server. Wife plays on it as well, last thing we need is random lockups. #2 for the Kodi / DVR functionality with Mythtv. I've spent a great deal of time preaching the joys of open source and linux to family and friends. Last thing I (or the open source world) need is for it to lock up at an in-opportune time (i.e. in front of them or while they are watching whatever on it).

It hasn't crashed since I opened this thread though so maybe it was a fluke. I'll dive into chasing down logs and such next time, if there is a next time. I guess jumping distros was a big leap when the issue could and probably was / is a small thing.
 
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You could always just compile Kodi yourself.
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