New Raspberry Pi Models

Today, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the Model B+ version of the Raspberry Pi. I thought I’d take a moment to explain the changes to users so they understand what’s new.

  • These new Pis still use the same system on chip (BCM2835) and have the same amount of memory, so there’s no need to upgrade for performance improvements.
  • The devices now feature four USB ports. This is potentially useful if you plug in a lot of devices
  • Improved quality sound out of the analog jack
  • Reduced power consumption (up to 1W), which is just under a third of the Pi’s total power consumption
  • Additional GPIO pins which promises more connectivity
  • micro-SD connectivity instead of a regular sized SD card.

It should be noted however that Raspbmc isn’t abandoning support for 256MB Pis (Model A or B), in the next update (which will arrive shortly), there will be some improvements to the way Gotham runs on the Pi, which is especially beneficial to the limited amount of memory on 256Mb Pis.

Raspbmc should run straight away on these new models, as changes needed to support the hardware were made well in advance.

Thanks

Sam

Raspbmc’s June update

Hi

Raspbmc’s June update is small, but sweet. Here’s what’s new:

  • XBMC 13.1 final with a ton of fixes for some of the bugs introduced in Gotham:
    • Fix resume point of certain PVR items
    • Fix issues with UPNP
    • Fix crash after AirPlay finishes
    • Fixes for FLAC tracks with embedded images
    • Fixes for M4A and MP4 playback
    • Fix a minor memory leak
    • Use a unique client broadcast ID in the PVR API
  • Some fixes for improving support using external soundcards (HifiBerry and iqAudio), see this thread here
  • Reverted to ext4 as the default filesystem for Raspbmc. ext4 provides better data redundancy and is more compatible with Linux systems for those wishing to backup or transfer data.
  • Fix issue where XBMC will keep telling user a new version is available.
  • Fixes for some issues with 3D content

This update is smaller because the focus has moved on to Raspbmc 2.0 (which will support other platforms too). Named OSMC, you can read more here. Raspbmc will still be regularly updated and maintained to fix issues until OSMC reaches a final and stable 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 build

If you enjoy Raspbmc, and this update, and would like to support continued development, you can make a donation here.

Enjoy!

Raspbmc’s May update

Hey everyone,

I hope you’re enjoying the XBMC 13.0 “Gotham” which comes with Raspbmc. I have been a little busy lately, although I have finally had time to address some of the issues that arose with this new version, as well as take care of some other things. Here’s what’s new and improved:

XBMC 13.1

  • Fixed an issue with AirPlay crashing at the end of a stream
  • Fix an issue with PVR items becoming stale on playback
  • Fix issues with UPNP running addons
  • Fix for FLAC tracks with large embedded artwork
  • Fix for broken playback of m4a files
  • Fix for a minor memory leak
  • Fix for issue where video calibration settings would not save

I’ve also made the following changes to Raspbmc

  • Upgraded the kernel to Linux 3.12 (for new installations only)
  • Improvements to the F2FS filesystem
  • Improved wireless support
  • Add new firmware which resolves issues with 3D scaling and refresh rate switching
  • FIQ improvements result in better playback (less jitter) when using a USB sound card
  • Improve ease of enabling an external sound card in Raspbmc (Programs -> Raspbmc Settings -> System Configuration -> Enable External Soundcard)
  • Remove deprecated ‘Disable resolution limit’ option in Raspbmc Settings
  • Fixed issues with Wolfson DAC
  • Fix an issue where XBMC will repeatedly inform the user that an update is available, when it is not
  • Fix an issue where TVHeadend on new installations was not running; and upgraded TVHeadend to version 3.6
  • Fixed issues that Gotham caused with remotes
  • Updated the standalone image to include the Gotham release; as well as the NOOBS image.

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 build

If you enjoy Raspbmc, and this update, and would like to support continued development, you can make a donation here.

Enjoy!