Hey, everyone! I was over in this thread whining about how my Linux distro (Bodhi) has constant problems recognizing my ODAC and DAC1 correctly, when Head-Fier "yay101" suggested a system to me called Daphile. In the last couple of days, it has completely changed my home listening habits. I thought I'd share.
Daphile is one of the cleanest Linux systems I've ever come across, and it's dedicated to a single purpose: bitperfect audiophile playback. Hosted live on a flash drive, you can boot up and plug in almost any piece of computer audio equipment you own to be instantly configured for bitperfect. I have it running on an old HP Mini netbook, usually with my ODAC and a 1TB external hard drive plugged in. All the music files on the hard drive (more than five thousand but less than ten) are added to Daphile's library within half a minute even using the lackluster netbook, and the ODAC is ready to use immediately. Daphile automatically configures almost any relatively common DAC (My DAC1 and old little uDAC2 are recognized as well) without any issue, which is a huge relief if you're a Linux user who's used to manually configuring an ALSA pipeline in Gmusicbrowser or Quod Libet.
Using an ethernet cable or wi-fi, the system creates a local server accessible from any computer on your network at http://daphile.local/, so I've taken to roaming around my room with a MacBook or tablet controlling my music just because I can now. Here's what the distance control panel looks like:
Gapless playback works without any flaw, all the album art is fetched with no troubles (also a relief if you're coming from Gmusicbrowser like I did), shuffle mode includes an editable queue preview, and the entire system handles large collections with ease. I had a friend's hard drive containing 60,000 tracks (albeit all in MP3) plugged in alongside my own, and there wasn't even any lag while loading the library.
Since it's Squeezebox-derived, you can install a number of well-made apps and tweaks, including software EQs. The CD ripping function also works very well, with your choice of FLAC compression levels. Since it's open-source, you can make it your own with a little bit of knowledge.
For the Linux user who's sick of tacky players and jury-rigged bitperfect fixes, this is a lifesaver. For the couch potato, it's a convenient way to run your top setup from a distance without a million cables running from your laptop and bitperfect playback putting a strain on older machines. It's truly changed the way I listen at home.