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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.

What's Installed with your Raspberry Pi?

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  • Friday, February 13 2015 @ 04:56 PM EST
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While anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new Raspberry Pi 2 from The Pi Hut, I was checking out some of their tutorials.  This one is very useful, discussing how to see what's included in the installation and adding new programs with the package manager.

Finding out what is installed on your Pi and installing more

Just Announced - New Raspberry Pi 2

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  • Thursday, February 05 2015 @ 12:08 AM EST
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Just announced on February 2, 2015 - Raspberry Pi 2 is now available for sale.  This new version sports several improvements over the Raspberry Pi model B, including:

  • A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance)
  • 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory)

Click on over to raspberrypi.org for the news release and video.

New User Interface for Raspbian

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  • Friday, January 02 2015 @ 12:01 PM EST
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Happy New Year! Did anyone get a brand new Raspberry Pi this holiday season? If so, check out this list of tips for new users!

Also, a fresh  new user interface (UX) for Raspbian has been released. Check out these links:

UX Engineer Simon Long shares insights

Changes to the Raspbian User Interface

 

New Topic - Raspberry Pi

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  • Monday, September 15 2014 @ 02:25 PM EDT
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Introducing a new topic on ROALUG.net dedicated to discussion about the Raspberry Pi!

New version of Raspbian and NOOBS released September 15, 2014:

  • Java JDK 8
  • Minecraft pre-installed
  • Epiphany now as the default web browser (replaces Midori)

Details here at raspberrypi.org

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