Posts Tagged ‘XBMC’

The kind folk at Newark Element14 sent me a Gizmo2 dev board to try out. I’ve not been able to do much with it yet, so here are some first impressions. What is it? I’d completely missed the first generation Gizmo, and hadn’t heard of the new one until it was brought up by Brandon at Element14. […]

Shiva Iyer at Packt Publishing kindly sent me a review copy of Instant OpenELEC Starter. It’s an ebook with a list price of £5.99, and I was able to download .pdf and .mobi versions (with an .epub option too). It’s also available from Amazon as a paperback (£12.99) and for Kindle (£6.17). The book is […]

Over the past week or so my automated build engine for OpenELEC on the Raspberry Pi hasn’t been working. XBMC has grown to a point where it will no longer build on a machine with 1GB RAM. Normal services has now been resumed, as the good people at GreenQloud kindly increased my VM from t1.milli […]

OpenELEC 3.0.0 has been released, which means that this popular distribution for XBMC is now in a stable version on Raspberry Pi. Raspberry Pi downloads for an SD card image file ( and a copy of the release bundle (.tar.bz2) are on the Pi Chimney resources site. I’ve done some tidying up on the site, […]

The second release candidate for OpenELEC 3.0 (featuring XBMC 12 ‘Frodo’) is now available (official announcement). There have been a flurry of changes over the past few weeks (over 275 by my count), but the OpenELEC team are saying that this will be one of the final release candidates before 3.0 final. If you’d like […]

The Quick version Get OpenELEC Download an SD Card image file from (latest version at the time of writing is RC1 – 2.99.1). Install OpenELEC Unzip the image file and burn it onto a (1GB or bigger) SD card using Win32DiskImager (for Windows) or dd (for Mac or Linux). Plug Everything in Plug the […]

The first release candidate for OpenELEC 3.0 (featuring XBMC 12 ‘Frodo’) is now available (official announcement). If you’d like to download an SD card image to install on a Raspberry Pi then it’s available from the official_images section of the Pi Chimney resources site. RC1 is 2.99.1, and later builds will be available from the […]

My kids got quite into a few of the FreeSat channels whilst on a recent holiday, so I thought that after all the fun I had getting DVB-T to work on my Raspberry Pi I’d have a go at DVB-S. Another cheap receiver off eBay A quick search of ‘USB DVB-S’ led me to this receiver for […]

There have been some important changes recently to OpenELEC, which are covered well on their blog. It was only a couple of months ago when OpenELEC 2.0 was released, and that version didn’t have Raspberry Pi support. Now OpenELEC 3.0 is in beta (see beta 1 and beta 2 announcements), and the good news for […]

I’m on the road right now (heading out to San Francisco for an Open Data Center Alliance event before IDF), which means that I can’t play with all the great new stuff happening with OpenELEC on the Raspberry Pi. The team have a blog post covering the changes, which include PVR support and the Raspberry […]