I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate it and that you’re looking forward to a prosperous new year. In a few days I’ll talk about Raspbmc’s roadmap for the new year and reflect on what’s been achieved this year. I’ll be addressing some interesting stuff such as Netflix and Chromecast and the future of Raspbmc — so it’ll definitely be worth a read.
For now, here’s what this month’s update brings:
- Fixed an issue where SD cards were not ready at boot
- Updated web browser:
- Fix issues with date and time
- Allow static wired networking configuration (WiFi is still pending)
- Update kernel for performance
- Fix issues where closing or quitting the browser would not go back to Raspbmc
- Added traditional ‘rootdelay’ option to initramfs to allow custom waiting time for device if truly necessary
- Added ALSA for SoC audio support. This allows you to use high quality external sound cards such as the HiFiBerry Mini via I2S. This eliminates some of the problems with USB soundcards such as occasional popping.
- Silence rpcbind message on reboot
- Resolve issues with WiFi installs not completing correctly
- Updated CEC library for better TV set support and bug fixes
- Fixed a bug where external soundcard support in Raspbmc Settings was not toggling properly
- Do not broadcast CEC init when booting so the TV only receives one CEC source from XBMC
- Install using F2FS filesystem on USB drives <=64GB (as F2FS is a filesystem optimised for flash drives). Unfortunately F2FS does not allow us to use UUID labels, which means you will need to ensure your USB drive is in the top USB port. You can also fall back to the original ext4 filesystem: simply create a file called ‘ext4′ on the fat32 partition before installing.
- Updated standalone image to the latest kernel, filesystem and XBMC version
- Updated NOOBS image to the latest kernel, filesystem and XBMC version
To get the update, all you need to do is reboot your Raspberry Pi. If you’re running an XBMC nightly, be sure to switch to ‘xbmc release’ in Raspbmc Settings to get back on the stable Frodo build.
If you enjoy Raspbmc, and this update, and would like to support continued development, you can make a donation here