1st Birthday: Recap and Next Steps'S First Birthday

May 21st marked the first birthday or htpcBeginner (formerly LinuXplained). Truly though, it has been 2.5 year since I started a tech blog on WordPress on my first Ubuntu Server back in December 2010. With nearly 1200 likes, 600 followers, and 120 plusones/followers, we are slowly but surely growing to … read more

htpcBeginner Yearly Review 2012

Happy New Year | Smarthomebeginner

First of all, we wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. 2012 was a very significant year for htpcBeginner. After being virtually non-existent from April 2010 to April 2012, we revamped the site and re-launched it as LinuXplained in June 2012. Since then its growth have been mind-boggling … read more

XBMC 12 Frodo – RC 1 Released

Xbmc Frodo Rc1 Featured | Smarthomebeginner

XBMC 12 Frodo Release Candidate 1 is now out. The Frodo release comes with several exciting updates, which includes: HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, via the new XBMC AudioEngine Live TV and PVR support h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P) video software decoding for anime 64bit support in OSX … read more

XBMC Frodo Beta 2 Released! Also available for Android

Xbmc Frodo Beta 2 Featured | Smarthomebeginner

XBMC Frodo Beta 2 has been released! The original announcement from, is available below: XBMC Frodo Beta 2 We are excited to announce Beta 2 of XBMC Frodo 12 today, as it brings with it many fixes and one long awaited major update. As you know, XBMC Frodo currently … read more

FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA3 Released

Freenas Featured | Smarthomebeginner

FreeNAS is a free network-attached storage server, supporting: CIFS (Samba), FTP, NFS, rsync, AFP protocols, iSCSI, S.M.A.R.T., local user authentication, and software RAID (0,1,5), with a web-based configuration interface. FreeNAS takes less than 64 MB once installed on CompactFlash, hard drive or USB flash drive. FreeNAS is currently distributed as … read more