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Another Update on Raspbmc – XBMC for Raspberry Pi


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Last month we told you about Raspbmc, now there is some more news.


This is what Sam has posted:

Firstly, check out the new site. It’s looking pretty nice, thanks to Dan Burke who has taken time and energy to work on this design. It’s greatly appreciated, and his new design suits the Raspberry Pi theme very nicely. Dan is trying to get into web design having just graduated, so if you like the look of this site, pay him a visit at his website here, and he might be able to help you. There is a forum for Raspbmc users now, head over here. But please, do not use the forum for speculation, I don’t need to be asked what codecs Raspbmc will support or whether it will support feature XYZ!

The build system is now done. This means that nightly builds of XBMC for Raspbmc are now available. You can read about how to build your own XBMC build for Raspbmc on this wiki page. Getting excited yet? You should be, because this project is not far from being released!


The build file system weighs in at around 200MB. This is smaller than the Crystalbuntu build file system, although that has not been pruned.

The next bits for the project are the ones that will finalise it. I need to write up the update system scripts, bring the CDN online and prepare a base file system for first boot on users devices. Then I will churn out early builds and features get added as we go along, much like Crystalbuntu*. I’m going to make a Python addon for XBMC that will allow you to configure everything Raspbmc related from the confines of XBMC (no CLI confusion), but this will take a little while to do. The server will start churning out nightly builds soon. If anyone is thinking about building, it might be an idea to use ccache to speed future builds up!

Remember, I still need your help: If you want to become a CDN mirror, please contact me.

Lastly, I’d like to tell you there are some shirts on for sale with the Raspbmc logo. Head over here to have a look at what you can get. The prices may seem a little steep, but that’s because they’re printed on demand rather than being back ordered. A very small percentage around 10% goes to cover development costs associated with the project.


Thanks, and until next time!

Looking good! Can’t wait to get my hands on a Raspberry Pi board! Mine is due in May – how about yours?

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.

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