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.
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.
- 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
- 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.