Hi, and thanks for a fantastic little distro.
I would like to offer some feedback on performance, as I'm experiencing problems playing standard CD-quality flac files without skipping. This is on a Raspberry Pi model B, overclocked to 900MHz.
As soon as I start playing a file, the average load goes up to around 1.5. Music is skipping, the web interface is mildly unresponsive and using it leads to even more skipping. I'm using the Mupeace app for Android, and it too is quite unresponsive.
Looking at the running network services (while being logged in as root, using 'netstat -tulpn), there is one major culprit. Samba is running by default. There are also the avahi-daemon, which can be useful, but I don't need or want it, and the rpc.statd/rpcbind that I don't need either as I'm not using NFS. There's also two netcat services running, that I'm not able to stop.
Stopping these services leads to CPU-usage in the 5-7% range for 16/44.1 flac, average load of < 0.05, and all performance problems are blown away. Not only that, I can consistently play 24/192 flac files using my NuForce uDac2 DAC (max 96kHz). Load is high, CPU-usage arount 80%. All the time, the web interface and Mupeace performance is excellent.
I'm also able to connect to wifi, using 'wifi-menu -o', and then 'netctl start wlan0-<SSID>'.
My main concern now is to make these settings "stick" between reboots. From what I can gather, few or none of the files in the /etc folder are actually used. The same seems to go for /var/www/_OS_SETTINGS/etc.
I can stop the services using either 'systemctl stop <service>' or plain old 'kill'. But using 'systemctl disable <service>' only removes them from /etc/systemd, which does nothing after a reboot. However, using 'netctl enable' will add my wi-fi to the init-scripts.
Would it be possible for you to add some documentation on how the init-configuration works in the distro? Perhaps even add options in the WebUI that lets the user reduce the number of running services? I mean, smbd/nmbd don't need to run. To be blunt, it's music player and not another file server.
Again, thanks a lot. Using this distro gives the best sound quality I've ever experienced. It even beats a dedicated Mac with Audirvana in my setup. It even has way better performance!