As the title states, picked up some good hardware for $160 CAD but want to get it initialized in the most future-proof way.
Home Assistant history: I went from an Rpi 1 to an Rpi 3 to an HP mediasmart server (EX495, with upgraded CPU and RAM), back to the Rpi 3 (when the ex495 crapped out), and then to a VM on my main laptop, finally to an old Asrock ION 330 that I pulled from the depths of my junk pile.
Now I have grabbed this little gem and want to set it up to handle everything: Plex/Kodi server, NZBget, Radarr, Sonarr, Home Assistant, and anything else I would like centralized.
The problem is that I have read about people using Proxmox, or ubuntu server with docker (what I am currently doing with the Asrock), NUC images, straight hassio loaded directly on the SSD, etc, etc
What is the best way to set this up that will prevent me from wanting to try something else in the near future? And what are the benefits/drawbacks of each scenario?
I can never leave good enough alone and always have to mess with it, so which method provides the least risk of me having to format everything and start from scratch again?
I had a nice thing going with the ex495 and this machine should be substantially better, I just want to set it up in a way that provides freedom to expand in the future while keeping things simple to maintain.