Here are a few tips to getting the most out of SBS 7.6.1 on VortexBox:
1. Turn off Auto Rescan.
SBS 7.6.1 (and 7.6) has a new feature: Auto Rescan to detect changes in your music library. *This option is enabled by default on Linux versions of SBS. It initiates a check of your music library every 2 minutes to see if anything has changed. When this happens, CPU usage of SBS goes to 100% for several seconds while the check is made.
This isn't really needed on VortexBox. When you rip a new CD on VortexBox, an SBS rescan (look for new and changed music) is initiated after the rip has finished.
The only time the Auto Rescan feature would be useful is if you've copied a bunch of music files from Windows or a Mac to the VortexBox. *But I prefer initiating the SBS rescan manually, even in this case.
To turn off Auto Rescan:
a. In your browser, go to the SBS web page at http://vortexbox:9000
b. Click on Settings in the lower right corner.
c. On the Settings page, select the Advanced tab.
d. On the Advanced page, select Performance from the menu.
e. On the Performance page, set "Automatically detect changes" to "Disabled, manually scan for new music".
2. Also on the Performance page, change "Database Memory Config" to "High (recommended for machines with 1+ GB RAM)" if your VB has 1 GB or more memory. *This will improve SQLite database performance in scanning and browsing.
3. Update your plugins. *New versions are available for SBS 7.6 and SBS 7.6.1. To ensure you are running the latest versions:
a. Go to SBS > Settings > Plugins.
b. Check the boxes for plugins that have updates.
c. Click "Apply".
d. Restart SBS.
You will now have the latest versions of your plugins for SBS 7.6.1.