Hi, I just got my raspberry pi 2 B+ . Got raspbian install through noobs installer. It is running and everything ... so all good
Now, I wanted to ask for suggestions.
1. Is the RPI2 capable enough to run KODI on a desktop environment like raspbian, or is a stripped down OpenELEC os the recommended way to go for KODI?
I want my raspberry to primarily be my media center system connected to my TV permanently, but I also want it to be a computer to copy files here and there, browse internet, playing online videos other than youtube/vimeo/dailymotion, maintain backups on the connected external harddrive, download torrents, etc.. Now should I go for a Raspbian+KODI system in which I boot it directly to KODI but when I need I can use a familiar linux desktop environment. Or does that put too much load on the RPI2, and thus I should get OpenELEC+KODI in which KODI will be smooth but I will probably struggle using my raspberry when I have to do some "computer" things on it. I want your suggestions.
2. Is a wifi dongle necessary to be controlled remotely?
My RPI2 is connected to my WIFI router through an Ethernet cable. Given that it is already on the lan, do I need to get one of those dongles for the RPI2 to be controlled by a wireless keyboard/mouse? (given that we are talking wifi keyboard/mouse and not bluetooth). What are some good such keyboard/mouse devices?
3. What software remote are you using?
In your experience, did you feel that an android remote, e.g. Unified Remote is good enough to control your RPI2? And also can you tell me which one you felt was the best such app for RPI2? My question 2 extrapolates here also, if RPI2 already on lan, will Unified Remote be able to access it through wireless without the need of one of those wifi dongles.
4. Is it Ok for raspberry to be running 24x7?
Because I want to turn on the TV and see KODI waiting for me to be operated I would want RPI2 to be running non-stop. Can the RPI2 handle being on indefinitely? Also, I am using one of those phone chargers to power my RPI2. It is a 5V 2A charger, is this good enough or too much? The manual says I should use a 5V 500mA.
My technical knowledge is not too much, so sorry if I spammed with some obvious stuff above but if you have suggestions on any one of the above, please post a reply. Thank you!!!