jonno421 wrote:I've skimmed the forums to and fro, but not found a lot (from what I've searched and read). I have 4 questions, kinda simple, kinda not.
1) will the Pi be able to play native Blu-Ray via USB 2.0? As in standard non-3D 60hz and still be smooth? I've heard it will, but the smootheness over 2.0 is questionable to me.
2) With a NASBox (WD2Go Cloud Network storage) would it be feasible to set up a HTPC to access .avi and .mp4 files over local 'net that're =/<720p using WiFi, but still have decent playback?
3) I have many micro USB "cell" chargers laying about, does the Pi have a built in power regulator or will I have to order one with the exact power specs?
4th question of sorts, I'm trying to determine the best OS. I'm leaning towards OpenELEC. What do you think is the best for purely basic HTPC, and why? In many ways, yes, I am ignorant. I work around Linux daily, but as a hardware admin/flight tech. I don't know a lot of things, but I at least know what su[do] does and when to use it. My only interaction with it is typing scripts that software engineers have pre-programmed to start/stop stuff, occasionally doing other stuff (startx; shutdown -h now) so I'm not impossible to teach. But I don't know a LOT. User opinion will vary greatly with each OS, I just need something to play all or most (even if I have to buy the codec(s) BUT have the least haggle.
Any and all positive input would be greatly appreciated.
1 - No. BluRay is not LEGAL on Linux, at least in the USA. If you add the required CODECS, you can go to jail. Blame the Media companies. Not Linux
2 - I can playback 1080p video from any remote machine on my network. I use a Wired connection though. If you're on Wireless, make sure you have the bandwidth and you should be okay if you're not doing several things at once.
3 - 5V 1A is the best one to use.
4 - In this order (for me) Xbian, Openelec. When I first bought my Pi, I liked RaspBMC. However, I have not been able to get it to work on any of my three Pi units for the last 2 months.