Raspbmc, Customized XBMC for Raspberry Pi, Coming Very Soon

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2 Feb, 2012 6:20 am


We showed you recently that the Raspberry Pi, a very inexpensive, single-board computer, can handle running XBMC and 1080p HD video playback like a champ. However, the developers behind XBMC, Stm Labs, are in the process of creating a custom version just for the Raspberry Pi.

(photo credit: Parts People Blog)

According to the post on Stm Labs’s site, Raspbmc is a “simple, fast booting and auto updating system with XBMC media center.” They list the following features:

  • Custom Linux distribution with minimalised kernel.
  • Auto-updating
  • UI installers for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X to allow installation onto a removable device
  • PVR / AirTunes / AirPlay / Spotify integration
  • Same stability and support as the Crystalbuntu Linux distribution
  • Expansive capabilities allowing the installation of a desktop and web browser
  • AFP, NFS and SMB file sharing
  • Configuration utility allowing installation of custom nightlies, audio configuration, update management,
  • Server mode – allows MySQL database hosting and Thumbnail sharing for XBMC multiseat systems.
  • 1080p decoding
  • Free!
  • Much more…

So while it would be perfectly doable to run a regular version of XBMC on the Raspberry Pi, you won’t have to, thanks to Raspbmc. The official site, www.raspbmc.com, will be going live soon, so stay tuned.

Via RaspberryPi.org, Source: Stm Labs

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