I’d like to understand the differences between running Roon Core on a headless PC running Linux vs a headless PC running Windows 10 (the Home, not the Server version).
The main uses would be to run Roon Core and a Plex server.
As for Windows, Roon explains that the software cannot run as a service, but requires the user to be logged in. The recommendation is to set up automatic login; however, security-wise it wouldn’t be ideal - for example
"the password is stored in the registry in plain text. The specific registry key that stores this value can be remotely read by the Authenticated Users group. "
Is there a way to set up automatic login but then lock the PC immediately after login?
How about updates (both to Windows and to Roon)? Can the PC run updates automatically, reboot and automatically log you in, or is a lot of user intervention required?
Is there a way to get periodic notifications on the status of the PC, a bit like most NAS would email you with updates on the health of the disk and on new updates?
How about Linux, instead?
- Is any specific distribution recommended?
- Linux doesn’t require automatic logon like Windows does, right? I think the answer is “no” because I am running Roon Core on a Synology NAS
- Are updates (again, both to Roon and the OS) smoother than in Windows?
- Any other specific differences / pros / cons?