2008 from XBMC media player – today kodi Emerging media servers plex Also received an official Linux client for the first time and will soon also be available as a file flatback They are offered via the App Store Flatthub. The Plex client for Linux, the so-called Plex desktop, is only available as a snap package at this time.
Plex runs natively on Linux for the first time
It is based on the open source media player Kodi and is based on the business model freemium The client server media operating system sold to Xbox Media Center (“XBMC”) was previously offered for Windows, macOS, and a variety of live streaming and set-top boxes with Android and NAS operating systems. The official Linux client is now following it for the first time.
In the basic version, Plex is a free media center for managing your collection of music, movies, and photos and making them available in your private network, but it actually offers over 200 live stations with a free Plex subscription.
Also accessible is the ever-growing catalog of web and podcasts as well as over 50,000 on-demand movies, contributed by Warner Bros. and Lionsgate and MGM, among others, for free.
Stream for free or with a Plex Pass
Under the freemium business model, Plex also offers premium services such as 4K streaming, offline playback, and other add-ons in the so-called ‘Plex Pass’.
While Linux users have so far only been able to take advantage of this offer via the web app, a native Linux client is now available via the sales platform for the first time. Snapcraft From Canonical for download.
Once downloaded, Plex desktop for Linux will be installed using the console and command
sudo snap install plex-desktop installed.
Plex HTPC replaces Plex Media Player TV
In the latest version, Plex HTPC also replaces Plex Media Player TV and brings a desktop application including audio traversal, selectable frame rates, and other features directly to your TV.
The developers have more information in a similar post at plex blog summary.