WHAT IS A RASPBERRY PI?
I recently discovered a great little media center software program named XBMC (now called KODI). It was originally developed for use on jail-broken X-Box devices and after quite a bit of development has become a very powerful media center software for many different devices. There is a version for Mac OS and one for Windows and even Android devices but what really intrigued me was the credit card sized little computer called a Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi was developed as a low cost (around $35.00) miniature computer that can use a regular standard USB keyboard and mouse and can run various operating systems like Linux and a few customized flavored OS’s made for the Raspberry Pi’s ARM11 32-bit processor. The Pi B+ version has a 700 mhz (standard) ARM processor that can easily be over-clocked to up to 1000mhz for better performance, 4 USB ports, an HDMI video output (1080P video!), and a network adaptor built on to the board. It also has a 40-pinout for connecting various electronic creations and a connector for an optional camera There is no hard drive on this little computer, everything is run from a built-in micro SD card slot built into the board. This gives you a LOT of flexibility in running various operating systems that are available. I have played around with RASPBIAN (a variation of Debian Linux) operating system on mine and few other of the operating systems availagle for the Raaspberry Pi but where it really shines as a media center PC running a light customized operating system designed for use with the Kodi media center software called OPENELEC. This little thing boots into OPENELEC and Kodi is up and running in around 20 seconds, All I have to do to switch operating systems is switch the micro SD card plugged into the slot. I will explain the installation of OPENELEC a bit more later, but to this point, I am VERY pleased with how fast and smooth this thing runs and considering most of my content is located on my computer in my bedroom, it plays movies and music great over my wired network connection.
I have a video I created showing the performance of my new media device playing a 1080p movie on my TV but WordPress doesn’t allow posting video with a standard account.
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