Posted on June 16, 2012
XBMC en Raspberry Pi
When I bought the Raspberry Pi, my first thought was to use a Media Center, after all, for $ 35 offers many possibilities, so I prepared a couple of SD memory, and installed Debian, then OpenElec and now RaspBMC.
The latter has been quite good because OpenElec has a fixed size partitions, and to set a fixed IP’s all a roll.
RaspBMC instead installs itself, create the partitions as memory size, and find the network automatically. Almost did not have to do anything, just set the video size, my server, and some external scripts.
It’s not as agile as the ATV2, but you can not expect that from a beta version. The interface is quite fast, occasionally locks up (adding data ¿?) Sometimes by the minute, but recovers. Only once I had to restart it, but what most impressed was the quality lme and speed in running a movie “full HD” (Avatar) without stopping to fill the buffer, which if it happens to ATV2. The only drawback is that the audio did not work, at least in this movie, I’ll have to investigate further.
Another thing I found remarkable is the ability to receive content Airplay (send video from an IOS device) without problems, excellent quality and speed. I tried a couple of Youtube videos from my iPad, to perfection.
Overall I’m very happy, I think that soon we’ll see versions “polished” by RaspBMC, probably with more options and speed.