Raspberry Pi 2.0 and Raspbmc’s last update!

Hi there,

You’re probably aware that Raspbmc is becoming OSMC. We’re once again a day closer to that, so I decided that this update to Raspbmc would be the last. It’s time to move on to OSMC which will provide a faster, stabler and more feature filled experience for Raspberry Pi. Here’s what’s new in the update:

  • Fix a bug where Kodi cannot be stopped properly. Stopping Kodi is now possible again via the command line with sudo initctl stop kodi
  • Update to Kodi 14.1
  • Fix the watchdog daemon to display “Kodi will restart shortly”
  • Update the standalone image to ship with Kodi Helix
  • Fix bugs where settings did not apply properly after the XBMC -> Kodi name change
  • Remove the web browser from Kodi which was causing issues
  • Update Pi firmware for improved support of Kodi features
  • Fix the glibc vulnerability ‘Ghost’ (CVE-2015-0235)

Raspbmc is in extended support phase until 1 June 2015 and will receive security updates only until this date. After this, the update servers will be turned off. Raspbmc will still work (but won’t get updates). I will keep the standalone image available indefinitely for those that want to stick with Raspbmc.

It’s been a long and bumpy ride. I’d like to thank everyone who ran Raspbmc and contributed to it. Raspbmc had over three million downloads and still has 200,000 users. It’s not easy to end Raspbmc development, but it needs to be done. It has been featured on Ars Technica, Engadget, BBC, New York Times and it’s found its way into cars, hotels and airports. I can’t wait to see how successful OSMC will become.
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A slightly odd but impressive piece of artwork from a happy user!

Many of you have some questions about OSMC and what the change will mean, so I thought I’d answer some common questions here.

Q: Are you still supporting Raspberry Pi?

A: Yes — OSMC runs on Raspberry Pi, as well as other platforms.

Q: Can I install Kodi addons on OSMC?

A: Yes — OSMC still has Kodi as its media center application and we have not restricted the installation of add-ons in any way. All add-ons that run on Raspbmc will run on OSMC. You also have the full Debian system underneath to expand your system as you choose.

Q: Will I be able to upgrade from Raspbmc?

A: Yes and no. The upgrade will require a fresh install from the OSMC website, but I will implement a way of migrating settings and library data from a Raspbmc installation to OSMC. This will be documented properly when OSMC is released.

Raspberry Pi 2

The foundation have announced the new Raspberry Pi 2. This gives a much desired faster ARM processor and an extra 512MB of RAM (totalling up to 1GB). I am not adding support to Raspbmc as this would require a lot of effort for not a lot of gain. Instead, I have made sure that we already have supported in OSMC. OSMC has just reached Alpha 4. There’s never been a better time to try it. You’ll love how fast it is!

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Farewell Raspbmc. Thanks for the fun! It’s been a good three years: Feb 2nd 2012 – Feb 2nd 2015.

If you’ve enjoyed the ride and want to help support OSMC, you can make a donation here.

Raspbmc gets Kodi and OSMC hits Alpha!

Hi everyone,

Merry Christmas!

You may have already heard that XBMC decided to rename to Kodi in August. The next version of XBMC / Kodi (14.0) is already available and I’ve now had time to build that for Raspbmc. I’d like to thank popcornmix for leveraging some excellent performance out of this version as well as Martin Sundberg for taking charge of nightly builds while I was working on OSMC.

Here’s what’s new with Kodi:

  • Improvements to library scanning speed
  • Improvements to UPNP support
  • Improved add-on control
  • Improvements to the PVR interface
  • Speed and performance improvements

You can read the official Kodi announcement here.

Here are some things to be aware of before upgrading:

  • Your database version will be upgraded. If you have a shared library then other clients will also need to be running Kodi 14.0 to stay synchronised.
  • Downgrading to 13.x builds via Raspbmc Settings will no longer work reliably as a result of upgrading the internal database
  • Some skins and addons are not compatible with Helix (14.0), as it is a new release. A common sign of this is a blank keyboard. This indicates the skin you are using is not compatible.

I’m also happy to announce that OSMC alpha builds are now available for the Raspberry Pi. OSMC is the next generation of Raspbmc and will bring Raspbmc’s success to many other platforms including Vero, Intel x64, AMD Fusion and even Android.

If you enjoy Raspbmc, and this update, and would like to support continued development (which will help OSMC too), you can make a donation here.

Do make sure you have a wonderful break, and as always, enjoy!

Sam

Vero is here!

Hi,

Vero has finally launched

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As you may know, Raspbmc is becoming OSMC. OSMC will also become cross platform with support for a wide variety of devices. I’ve also decided to launch a flagship reference implementation of OSMC, named Vero.

If a low power, high performance device that will play almost anything is what you’re after, look no further. Vero provides more grunt where Pi can sometimes fall down (multi-tasking, library scanning and high bitrate content).

Don’t miss out! Check it out here. You’re welcome to discuss Vero on the OSMC forum here or drop me a line personally at sam@osmc.tv

Sam