Tl;dr : Does anyone know if I can set up my Pi to boot into Plex (or maybe Kodi) media center but still have another app running in the background?
Full version: I currently have a large windows PC in my media room. I use it infrequently but it's always on because it's running a small extension that checks my dynamic IP and updates it with my Static IP host. In an effort to reduce power consumption, noise, heat, cable runs, etc. I would like to relagate this simple task to a Pi 2B+ I have laying around. I know the Pi can do it and the software is very low processor draw. Now, I would also like to put Plex or Kodi on it and use it as a media player, which I sometimes use the PC for as well. I know I can just just have the Pi boot to Raspbian and launch the media center manually but for the sake of ease for my family can I set it up to auto boot to the media center but still run my IP extension in the background? Or does booting to Plex/etc. mean that's all the Pi is dedicated to? Thanks!