SABnzbd+ Install, Setup, & Configuration Guide for Ubuntu & Linux Mint!
Welcome! This update should be fairly straight-forward as SABnzbd+ and its package on Ubuntu and Linux Mint are quite mature at this point. This guide will be written using Ubuntu’s now-stardard Unity shell interface for the GNOME desktop environment. This guide should also be almost one-hundred percent the same if you’re using Unity 2D instead. However, if you’re using Linux Mint’s latest and greatest release (or any other Ubuntu derivatives), you may need to adapt the guide a little bit in terms of how you navigate to any applications we use, and also you will need to replace the Ubuntu Software Center with Linux Mint’s Software Manager, or Synaptic, or whatever you prefer.
One more bit of house-keeping before we get into the good stuff. I have broken out much of my repetitive introductory information into a MetaGuide. If you’ve never read the MetaGuide, I strongly encourage you to take a few minutes now and give it a quick scan (if nothing else). Our guides at Ainer.org are fairly peculiar, and we’ve put down the details so you can get the most out of this content that we’ve provided. If you’ve already read it, awesome! You know what to expect below!
Anyway, with that aside lets move on to the topic at hand! SABnzbd+ is, simply put, a Usenet client. It allows access to Usenet in the same way that a Web Browser, such as Firefox, allows access to the World Wide Web, or as an email client (be it Web based, like Gmail, or installed directly onto your computer, like Thunderbird) allows access to your email servers.
Usenet is an old, old network that actually pre-dates the Web. However, like the Web it allows for the exchange of information over the Internet. Usenet however, uses a much less centralized method compared to the Web, as most of the content on Usenet is distributed across many, many different servers whereas any one website will likely only be hosted by a single server (or a single cluster of servers). As such, any content that’s hosted on Usenet can be accessed directly from your Usenet service provider of choice (Ainer.org recommends Supernews as the bang for your buck option, but Giganews is great too if you got a hole burning in your pocket or if you want complimentary access to bolt-on services like VyprVPN).
SABnzbd+ itself is focused on accessing binary content on Usenet (versus non-binary content, such as text based messages) courtesy of bookmark-like NZB files. SABnzbd+ is a highly robust and mature program and works wonderfully as the central hub for an incredibly automated and streamlined multi-media and home theater personal computer (HTPC) setup featuring Sick Beard, Couch Potato, Headphones or Spotify, and XBMC Media Center.
If you’re wondering how to read “SABnzbd+” as you’re going along, “SAB-nzb-daemon-plus” is probably pretty close to accurate. I personally use “SAB” or “SAB-newzbin” as an old habit as they’re a bit easier to spit out.
And with that, be sure to hit up the MetaGuide if you haven’t already, and lets get ready to install SABnzbd+! On the next page you’ll find the new Table of Contents and on Page 3 the Tutorial begins.