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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:23 pm

Hurray!
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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:59 pm

Fabulous news

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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:49 pm

power move.

the auto update thing is going to be a very cool feature

i havent used xmbc since they stopped supporting the original xbox, then couldn't get it working properly on my htpc at the time so gave up and never really got why they didnt change the name after.. i know they've come on in leaps and bounds in the years since then.
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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:59 pm

Can't wait I know this will be useful for many people, myself included.

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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:47 pm

It"s a big talking point at work tonight, just need an ir module for a remote and your laughing.

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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:55 am

@n3tw0rk5 usb remote?

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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:21 am

nichobb said:


@n3tw0rk5 usb remote?



Yeah thats an initial option i'll be using, but would be nicer if it could be kept compact and without having to use up a usb port, yeah you could use a usb hub but then it starts to get messy.

I bought a Cyclone Micro 2+ media player not to long ago, but with a RasPI you can turn a standard tv into a internet tv as well and have a nicer interface.

Think i'm going to have to up my estimate of how many RasPi's i'm going to eventually end up with, there's so many possibilities

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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:25 am

xbmc itself supports wifi remote control via iphone/ipad and andriod doesn't it?
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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:36 am

It does indeed.

I can definatly recommend the Constellation remote application for the iPad. Makes browsing your movie/tv collection a joy.

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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:45 am

So, let me get this straight: I can have a PC style OS on my SD card, but could power off, switch SD card and have XBMC running instead?  Is that right, or can I do it all from one SD card?

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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:56 am

^ As I undersatnd it you'll be able to do both.

Here's why.. (quoted from the front page)


XBMC team will be working to improve the experience on
the rPi, and that various distros like raspbmc will give you choices
for how to deploy it, but we’re not the same organizations.



This means you'll be able to take XBMC and install it on your "PC Style OS card", or use a card that has the same XBMC thats been bundled into the (mostly) pre-configured distribution by the RaspBMC people.

(I say mostly as it obviously won't include specifics like where your media library is, and information about your network)
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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:07 am

Sweet! Would it make more sense to run XBMC as a standalone to ensure all of the resources are being used by XBMC alone and not on an OS also?  I have never used XBMC so am not totally sure what all the fuss is about, but all of these people can't all be wrong!

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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:14 am

Yes you're probably right on the resources front.

XBMC is more than just a media player, it has some pretty neat stuff built in to do things like catalog your media collection and provide things like movie synposis, cover-art / movie posters, trailers and the like plus lots of skinning.

I always just used to use it via a UPNP share so I missed out on all that..
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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:56 am

On the other side of the coin, I've been using an ARM-based Hercules eCafe EX HD as a dlna *server* with minidlna , with good success. No transcoding, but nice and easy file serving. Much better than a straight network share: samba is either a resources hog, or buggy, or hard to configure... probably all 3.

http://sourceforge.net/project...../minidlna/  UKscone showed me how to compile it for the eCaf'... I might be able to do it again for the Pi ^^

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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:10 am

ah yes.. not sure about the server side of things.. i have "tversity" (upnp/dlna) running on a windows box.. and currently use either an xbox 360 (noisy but does wmv) or my blu-ray player (silent and supports mkv) to play stuff from that.
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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:32 pm

spamel said:


Sweet! Would it make more sense to run XBMC as a standalone to ensure all of the resources are being used by XBMC alone and not on an OS also?  I have never used XBMC so am not totally sure what all the fuss is about, but all of these people can't all be wrong!


xbmc is just an application that needs to sit on top of an OS in order to run. What Sam from raspbmc will be doing it packaging an OS for the pi with will boot straight into xbmc with the addition of updates driven through a gui and additional features like a desktop environment. I expect he will make this as slim and as efficient as possible in order to offer the best xbmc experience on the pi. If the comments about his distro for the apple tv1 are to go by then this should be a very good system to use.

One other thing to add is that having used xbmc on the org xbox for a number of years and tinkered with it on linux all i can say if you are in for a good experience. I love apps where you just find new features all the time and xbmc is one of them.

Rob

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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:23 pm

Cheers for that Rob, I look forward to trying it out!

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Re: New post on the front page: Raspbmc announced

Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:11 pm

Anyone not sure what XMBC is should try it out on their PC while they wait for the Raspberry Pi to come available.

Now, to find someone who wants to develop Plex for Raspberry Pi..

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