A friend of mine wants me to build him a music server for his home audio system and I'd like to keep the cost down for him. Since my comfort zone with this stuff is Windows and higher priced players like Roon & Jriver, I thought I'd ask here for some advice on what is out there for Linux, as that seems more appropriate (we won't be considering anything Mac). He tells me he has an older laptop with a hopelessly crippled install of Windows so we'll probably start with a clean install of Linux of some flavor - whichever works with the player software we try. I may add an SSD for the OS/player but the idea would be to have the laptop connected to the Internet and use a connected external drive for file storage. To start, we'll connect the analog out of the laptop to his Denon HT receiver but a low-cost external DAC might get added at some point. The shopping list; - playback of wav, flac, mp3 and perhaps, DSD files - simple start up and easy to use interface (he is not a 'computer guy') - need to be able to play Internet radio streams including flac streams from Radio 2 and Radio Paradise - remote control might be nice - this will sometimes be used to play music through the Denon receiver to remote speakers on his patio or other parts of the house, so the ability to control with a (Android) phone app would be huge Would love to hear what you Linux guys would recommend. Thanks.