Which version of XBMC is best for you

Raspbmc
38%
14
XBian
19%
7
Openelec
27%
10
Raspbian + tomaz' .deb
16%
6
 
Total votes: 37
jared123
Posts: 9
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:04 pm

So... which XBMC?

Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:29 am

As there are a few different options available for people wanting to run XBMC on their pi, I'm interested in seeing which one is considered the best (because I'm too lazy to do in depth testing of all the available builds).

If anyone's running something different than the options in the poll, post here :)

worm
Posts: 32
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:31 pm

Re: So... which XBMC?

Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:33 am

'Best' is, of course, subjective. But I've been running OpenElec without any issues, so voted for that.

Have stated using XBian, but it's early days there so I'm not sure it's fair to judge - seems very good so far.

jared123
Posts: 9
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:04 pm

Re: So... which XBMC?

Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:43 am

Yeah, it will be subjective - I haven't spent enough time looking at the differences (things like Airplay etc..) to really make a decision.

I've been using raspbian with tomaz's deb (from here http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 66&t=12455). I've got openelec and xbian on SD cards (and am waiting for RC4 of raspbmc), so hopefully I'll get a chance to fully test them.

The problem is I'm pretty new to XBMC (for my sins, I've used windows media center for years - makes it easier for a wife and child to use) so I don't really know what I'm looking for.

Hexagon
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:14 pm

Re: So... which XBMC?

Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:18 am

XBian seems like the way to go for the moment. I really hope he is able to implement some of the work from the MPEG-2 decoding thread any day soon :)

trondis23
Posts: 42
Joined: Mon May 21, 2012 11:55 am

Re: So... which XBMC?

Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:37 am

I haven't tried Xbian, only Raspbmc, OpenElec and Raspbian/XBMC. On all of them I have problems with the database - mp3 files won't be included, and ogg files crash the system. Only Flac, Wavpack, Musepack, wma and aac works fine. Mp3s will play, but I have to browse through the file menu.

Another problem is that none of them have support for gapless playback. There are long gaps and load time between tracks. Except for in an OpenElec build from June, which is the one I currently use. Apart from this, I haven't noticed any significant difference. I haven't tried to play heavy video files, only YouTube etc, which I start from an Android phone remote. That works very well.

worm
Posts: 32
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:31 pm

Re: So... which XBMC?

Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:55 am

OpenElec has been playing HD (1080p) files for me with no problems.

jared123
Posts: 9
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:04 pm

Re: So... which XBMC?

Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:10 am

Quick update - I tried Openelec (31st July build), xbian 0.2, and tomaz's deb version last night. The only one I had no issues at all with was tomaz's deb which played back everything I tested without any problems (AVI with dolby, MP4 with AAC, 720p x264 with 5.1 dts, 1080p x264 with 5.1 dts). The menus were also very smooth.

Xbian was a close second but stuttered on the 1080p. I did have to lower the overclocking because it was crashing every minute or so requiring a reboot at the default settings.

For some reason, openelec stuttered every few seconds for everything except the MP4. Obviously this build is working for a lot of people, but for me last night it was terrible.

So for now I'm sticking with tomaz's deb. I'll test RC4 of raspbmc when its out though :)

Edit: just noticed that xbian 0.3 is out, so I'll give that a try tonight

Diaoul
Posts: 24
Joined: Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:45 pm

Re: So... which XBMC?

Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:31 pm

I'd vote for those with visible code (Raspbmc / OpenElec)

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