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XBMC for Raspberry Pi


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We mentioned Raspberry Pi early in January, now they have said that XBMC is coming, although it’s not from either the Raspberry Pi guys or the XMBC guys!


This is what the Raspberry Pi guys posted:

We’ve just seen an announcement via Stm Labs saying that will be going live (I’ll add a link when the site is up) very soon; Head over there to read about some of the features that’ll be incorporated; it looks like the developers are answering questions in the post comments there too, so drop in on them before they’re worn out!

(I should point out that we’re not going to be able to answer any other than the most general of questions about Raspbmc here – the Raspberry Pi team isn’t involved in developing Raspbmc, but we’re just as excited about it as you are.)

Update: there was a bit of confusion on our part about exactly who was behind this distro; turns out that Stm labs are not working with the official XBMC team, but this is still great news, and we’re looking forward to seeing the results. Here’s an email from XBMC:

Thanks for the enthusiasm regarding XBMC on the pi! Though, please be
aware the XBMC team is not involved with Raspbmc (it came as news to
most of us). Obviously we appreciate the help and wish them the best,
but we don’t want anyone to be confused about who’s doing what. The
XBMC team works on the application, then projects like OpenElec,
CrystalBuntu, Raspbmc package them up into various distributions. It’s
all one big happy ecosystem, but different groups of devs can
obviously only support certain things.

Would appreciate if you could change the first sentence and title to
clarify that 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.

So what do you think of Raspberry Pi?

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


  1. Can’t wait to get my Raspberry Pi, the possibilities are endless for this little beauty. I’m interested in it for a few reasons: Media Center, general purpose tiny PC and something for the kids to play with.

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