My goal was to set minimal Kodi installation on top of Fedora 25 with bypassing desktop environment GNOME, LXDE or so on. USB automount is needed functionality for Kodi as standalone to be a complete media centre. This post describes how to set automount without any help from desktop environment.
My hardware configuration is Kodi HTPC connected to TV HDMI and HiFi stereo with analog input. Kodi is running as a standalone app so ALSA is preferred over PulseAudio (plus some other advantages). And last, Kodi configuration should have simple audio device selection.
After Kodi installation on Q1900 HTPC (Intel Bay Trail processor), everything was fine except one irritating detail. The problem was judder (hicckup) every 8 seconds showing on movies with 23.976 FPS on my LG TV model 42LD650. Solution for smooth movie playing was adding correct modelines in xorg.conf.
PulseAudio is a sound system used in modern Linux distributions. In most scenarios sound will work without any problem and you’ll not know what is under the hood. The fun begins when some additional settings are needed and that usually leads to debugging process
After Fedora 22 fresh install, aplay command didn’t find any sound cards. On the other hand, root user had correct output of the “aplay -l” command. The solution was to add “audio” group to the user.
Here is small tip how to set up auto login and Kodi auto start on top of the Fedora 22 LXDE spin – Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. With settings in two files, after reboot Fedora should run Kodi without login screen. These two configuration files are lxdm.conf and .dmrc in user home directory.