Get a reasonably cheap Unix server by converting a Chromebox to Ubuntu.
How I did it
I bought an ASUS Chromebox from Amazon for $160.
I followed the instructions on the Kodi page to install Ubuntu as a single boot image. In case that page goes away the key incantations are
- You must remove the screw to enable firmware update
- To run the ChromeBox E-Z Setup script, perform the following steps:
- Power on and boot to ChromeOS. Do not log in, but ensure a network connection is established.
- Hit [CTRL][ALT][F2] to open a command prompt ([CTRL][ALT][<--] for ChromeOS keyboards)
- Login with user chronos (no password required)
- Download and run the ChromeBox setup script using the following two commands (hit enter after typing each command):
(in place of the <url> below use goo.gl/3Tfu5W)
curl -L -O [http:// http://]<url>
sudo bash 3Tfu5W
- Follow the instructions to update your firmware and then reboot.
- Repeat step 4
- Now choose to install Ubuntu and Kodi in a standalone mode
- Reboot into Ubuntu
To get the BEEP command to work.... it boils down to un-blacklisting the
pcspkr module in
/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf. (thanks to antiplex)