The XBMC based OS OpenELEC has been updated:
This build includes a new MMC/SDCard driver, which is disabled by default.
This is expected to become the default sdcard driver in the future. It should avoid some of the issues of the old driver, like polling with interrupts disabled, and could improve performance and avoid interfering with other drivers (e.g. USB or LIRC).
You can choose the new driver with adding bcm2708.bcm2835_mmc=1 to cmdline.txt. To edit your cmdline.txt run the following commands and reboot after the change:
mount -o remount,rw /flash
FiveNinjas Ltd have started a Kickstarter for a Raspberry Pi Media Player with internal storage, personally I’m not sure it’s worth the asking price, but that is me and i will leave the details for you to make your own decision.
At the time of writing, here are the available perks:
Here is a description of the product:
Slice is an innovative new media player.
- Connects to your TV via HDMI and will store and play back all of your videos, music and pictures in full HD.
- Has a carefully designed user interface and custom remote control that makes it effortless and fun to use.
- Has an anodised case machined from solid aluminium.
- Features a unique, customisable LED light ring for visual feedback and wow factor!
- Has on-board storage – simply drag and drop your media onto Slice’s hard disk using a single USB connection from any Mac or Windows PC.
- Small and portable – take your media with you to enjoy with friends, family or on trips away.
- Can access media over a network, and has 2 USB ports for connecting extra devices, such as external hard drives.
- Built on open technologies and can be reprogrammed to run alternative open source software.
This is what you get in the package:
With every Slice shipped (except ‘Preview’ version) you will receive the following in full FiveNinjas retail packaging :
- Slice media player
- 1Tb Hard Drive
- Slice remote control (with USB RF dongle)
- Power supply (with worldwide connectors)
- HDMI Cable
- USB Cable (to load media onto Slice from a PC)
- Simple Instructions
- Protective carry bag
To find out more or to back the device, click here.
Yesterday information on a new Raspberry Pi model was leaked and i wrote an article about it here.
Today seen the official release of information and whilst it appears to be a new model, it does not hold anything to be excited about, it’s more of a tiny upgrade than a full blown new release, perhaps that is just the cynic in me, but i thought in the day of clones, which are superior to the Raspberry Pi, that we would have seen a better upgrade than we see here.
Here is a quote from the official Raspberry Pi blog:
The Model B+ uses the same BCM2835 application processor as the Model B. It runs the same software, and still has 512MB RAM; but James and the team have made the following key improvements:
- More GPIO. The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins, while retaining the same pinout for the first 26 pins as the Model B.
- More USB. We now have 4 USB 2.0 ports, compared to 2 on the Model B, and better hotplug and overcurrent behaviour.
- Micro SD. The old friction-fit SD card socket has been replaced with a much nicer push-push micro SD version.
- Lower power consumption. By replacing linear regulators with switching ones we’ve reduced power consumption by between 0.5W and 1W.
- Better audio. The audio circuit incorporates a dedicated low-noise power supply.
- Neater form factor. We’ve aligned the USB connectors with the board edge, moved composite video onto the 3.5mm jack, and added four squarely-placed mounting holes.
Here is a comparison between the three Raspberry Pi models from Element 14:
It appears that a new model of the Raspberry Pi has been released/leaked, before the official announcement.
According to German website appdated.de, the leak of the images first appeared when electronics store Reichelt posted information about it online, which was then deleted some time later, here are a couple pics:
- SoC – Broadcom BCM2835 ARM11 processor @ 700MHz with VideoCore IV GPU
- System Memory – 512 MB SDRAM (PoP)
- Storage – micro SD card slot (push release type)
- Video & Audio Output – HDMI and AV via 3.5mm jack.
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
- USB – 4x USB 2.0 ports, 1x micro USB for power
2×20 pin headerfor GIO
Camera header (MIPI CSI?)
Display header (MIPI DSI?)
- Power – 5V via micro USB port.
Thanks to Wargio for the tip
A couple of weeks ago PM’d me about the Banana Pi, which is a more powerful Raspberry Pi clone, here is a quote from the official site and some more information:
Banana Pi is a single-board computer. Banana Pi targets to be a cheap, small and flexible enough computer for daily life. Built with ARM Cortex-A7 Dual-core CPU and Mali400MP2 GPU, and open source software, Banana Pi can serve as a platform to make lots of applications for different purposes.
OpenELEC has been updated to version 4.0.7, here are some of the changes:
- update to linux-3.14.11
- update to xf86-input-evdev-2.9.0
- update to pixman-0.32.6
- update to xtrans-1.3.4
- update to libhdhomerun-20140604
- update to bcm2835-bootloader-1e7d3d9
- update to bcm2835-driver-1e7d3d9
- update to bluez-5.21
- update to xf86-video-nvidia-331.89
- update to dbus-1.8.6
- update to libffi-3.1
- update to dbus-glib-0.102
- update to libvdpau-0.8
- update to libva-intel-driver-1.3.2
- update to simplejson-3.5.3
- update to xf86-video-ati-7.4.0
- update to xorg-server-1.15.2
- update to lzo-2.08
- update to libbluray-0.6.0
- projects/RPi/patches/xbmc: update RPi support patch
- add package ‘libevdev’
- busybox: add upstream patches
- propects/Generic/options: lcdproc: enable serialVFD
- alsa-utils: dont install default ALSA restore rule, to avoid overwriting our own mixer settings with default values. rename our udev rule to start after other default sound config rules. this should fix #3350, this should fix #3346
If you need to buy a Raspberry Pi, check the link below:
Raspberry Pi Model B
Perhaps a clone in the physical sense, but the hardware used is a bit different, for example the processor and ram are better than the Pi and more USB ports amongst other features, here is a quote from the website:
Get ready to fall in love with new HummingBoard – a small and powerful, low-cost ARM computer that ignites the imagination. Whatever your dream, the HummingBoard will help make it happen – the possibilities for creating the next great IoT innovation are truly limitless.
The HummingBoard allows you to run many open source operating systems – such as Ubuntu, Debian and Arch – as well as Android and XBMC. With its core technology based on SolidRun’s state-of-the-art Micro System on a Module (MicroSOM), it has ready-to-use OS images, and its open hardware comes with full schematics and layout.
Best of all, as a Linux single board computer, the HummingBoard is backed by the global digital maker community, which means you can alter the product in any way you like and get full kernel upstreaming support and all the assistance you need.
The device comes in three versions, clicking each link below will take you to the specific version on the official website:
- Ethernet port
- Up to 4 USB ports
- Mini PCIe
- GPIO pins
- LVDS display out
- Digital and analog audio
- Infrared Receiver (for RC support)
- Camera interface
Here are the tech specs of the three boards.
Sorry for being away from the site for so long, i know it’s been a year, but i do plan on making regular postings here from now on.
Pidora is a Fedora based Linux derivative for the Raspberry Pi, those of you who use Fedora regularly know what you are getting, but what you might not know, is that Pidora is a Russian word and is a derogatory term for the word homosexual, anyhow, here is a small quote from the source:
Pidora is a Linux software distribution for the Raspberry Pi computer. It contains software packages from the Fedora Project (specifically, the Fedora ARM secondary architecture project) compiled specifically for the ARMv6 architecture used on the Raspberry Pi, packages which have been specifically written for or modified for the Raspberry Pi, and software provided by the Raspberry Pi Foundation for device access.
To download and for help, click the link below:
The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, low maintenance computer and you want to keep it that way, so if you have an old PC fan or heatsink you can use one of those.
Developer deroad has written a small tutorial on how to connect an old PC fan to your your Raspberry Pi to keep it cool, here is a quote from his blog:
It’s known that hardware sometime is expensive and most of the time we buy things that we already own. That’s why i’m writing this: i had 2 PC broken by a lightning and one that stopped working by itself for unknown reasons, but this was very very old, so yesterday i have dismantled these old PCs. Most of the pieces were old and not compatible with newer desktops except some hardware like heat sinkers ,fans and some cables. Most of the fans on desktops works from 0.5A to 0.1A at 12V so by knowing your hardware you can add them to your desktop.
View Tutorial Here.
OpenELEC has been updated to version 3.0.3, here is a quote from the changelog:
- update to curl-7.30.0
- update to bcm2835-driver-f53948f
- update to samba-3.6.15
- update to libcec-2.1.3
- update to wlan-firmware-0.0.12
- update to libmicrohttpd-0.9.27
- update to xf86-video-nvidia-304.88
- update to xf86-video-nvidia-legacy-304.88
- update to ethtool-3.9
- update to libiconv-20130504
- update to gettext-0.18.2.1
- update to syslinux-5.01
- downgrade to bcm2835-bootloader-baa3ecf (should fix issues with non booting SanDisk SDcards in 3.0.2)
- Revert “xrandr: switch off screen on standby and restart on wakeup to try to avoid audio issues after suspend”
- Revert “xrandr: switch off only HDMI/DFP/CRT outputs on suspend”
- enable CONFIG_SATA_SIL24
- enable marvell pata
- add CONFIG_DVB_DM1105 closes #2126
- add ZD1201 wifi support
- procps-ng: install in release builds too
- add package ‘berryboot-tools’
- add create_livestick_osx and files
- busybox: add ‘ip tunnel’ support
- RPi: add own /etc/modules file and load lirc_rpi by default, dont load coretemp module
- RPi: add i2c-dev support
- ATV: autoupdate: add support for MACH_KERNEL
- RPi: changed gpu_mem to 100mb for 256mb RPis. fixes #1713
- samba: build libsmbclient as shared lib
- avahi/samba: When samba is built with avahi support the server name is advertised in UPPERCASE as samba forces this when setting-up avahi via dbus. If we disable avahi support in samba and include a samba.service file with avahi the hostname is correctly advertised as the user entered it; e.g. OpenELEC not OPENELEC ..we can also use a tweaked samba.service so Mac users with an AppleTV see the AppleTV icon in Finder.app instead of a generic server icon. this fixes #2282
- Mount /var as tmpfs and limit the use of tmpfs
- util-linux: use blocksize=1MB for creating the swapfile
- xbmc: add PR2570
- xbmc: add PR2748
- xbmc: add PR2493
- xbmc: add PR2755
- xbmc: add PR2586
- xbmc: add PR2712
- xbmc: add PR2713
- xbmc: add PR2686
- xbmc-pvr-addons: add PR193
- crystalhd: add PW2092521 patch
You can download OpenELEC and find more information at the link below:
OpenELEC 3.0.3 released