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Raspberry Pi 2 as a Media Center

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  • Wednesday, February 18 2015 @ 05:23 PM EST
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With all the excitement being generated with the new Raspberry Pi 2 (RPi2 for short), I started looking for the best OS to use the new RPi2 as a media center. Looks like some things have changed since I researched this before in 2014.

For starters, the best way to install an OS on your SD card is using NOOBS (New Out Of Box Software). Your choices are Rasbian (recommended for beginners), Archlinux, Pidora, OpenELEC and RaspBMC, which includes the XBMC media center software which runs on the model A, B and B+.  However, RaspBMC won't be supported for the new RPi2 and is changing to OSMC (which will support RPi2 in the Alpha 4 release). Secondly, XBMC is changing to Kodi, which will support the RaspB 2.  On top of that, there's another XBMC/Kodi distribution called XBian, which will run on the RPi2.

Wow, that's a lot of changes and choices to make.  Here's a collection of links to the different images which can be flashed to a SD card for use with your brand new Raspberry Pi 2:

XBian Downloads

OSMC for Raspberry Pi (includes link for Alpha 4 Release)

OpenELEC Builds (scroll down to the RPi2 link)

Also, information for all of the different builds for XBMC/Kodi is here

More to follow once my RPi2 arrives and I get one of these installed to check out!

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