Raspbmc’s August update with XBMC 13.2 Gotham


XBMC 13.2 is here. This brings the following fixes:

  • Fix for accented letters
  • Updated included addons
  • Updated GUI translations
  • Fixes for several bugs and memory leaks

You can read the full release notes over at the XBMC site here.

There are also some Raspbmc improvements

  • Fix for crash when encoding certain JPEGs (thanks Dom)
  • Fix for temporary sync issues and loss of audio
  • Fix issues with some PVR addons not being available in the former build.

XBMC has renamed to Kodi, OSMC is superseding Raspbmc.

I recently posted how XBMC has renamed to Kodi and Raspbmc is being superseded by OSMCMartijn over at Team-XBMC says that this may be the last release for XBMC 13 (Gotham). However I’d like to reassure users that Raspbmc is still maintained and updated until at least the end of the year. Further, although there may not be any more upstream releases of XBMC 13, there will be for Raspbmc, as we backport fixes to this build.

Here’s a sneak peak at the new look of OSMC (you can join the discussion here)


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 (which will help OSMC too), you can make a donation here.


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.



Raspbmc’s July update

Update time! Here’s what’s new:

  • popcornmix has made significant changes to XBMC’s player on Raspberry Pi, as well as backport these. This brings and addresses the following features:
    • Issues with synchronisation when watching videos
    • Fixes for playback with HBO content
    • Fixes for issues with MKV files that had two audio tracks
    • Fast forward and rewind support
    • LiveTV improvements
    • Many more architectural changes
  • Boblight is now available as a dispmanx implementation, making it easier to maintain in the future. The client itself is faster too, as it uses the Boost library for handling strings. You’ll need to edit your boblight configuration to be compatible with the new daemon. Thanks to Speedy1985 and brooc
  • A VNC server is now included in Raspbmc and can be enabled in Raspbmc Settings. Do note that this can impact UI performance and should be considered experimental at the moment. Thanks Peter Hanzel for original dispmanx implementation.
  • Raspbmc has screenshot support like other versions of XBMC (just press Prt Screen)
  • There are also excellent improvements to DTS decoding from the RISC OS guys who have done a great job optimising decode pathways with ARMV6 assembly.
  • The new Raspbmc skin looked a tad blurry, and so visuals have been refreshed and updated. Many thanks to Brad Watson
  • Issues with scanning for wireless networks with spaces in the SSID have been fixed — thanks hmo
  • ARM accelerated functions from <string.h> — this means speed improvements!
  • Updated firmware and kernel provide:
    • MJPEG support
    • Fix for USB disconnect issues
  • The Raspbmc Cloud is in a private testing beta at the moment. While functional, to release it in its current state would be unscalable and I am of the opinion that it is better to release the service when it can truly cope with demand rather than have an intermittent and unreliable service.

Last month, I said I would make a special announcement. Raspbmc will become part of the linXBMC distribution, although it will retain it’s branding due to its success. LinXBMC will bring the quality of Raspbmc and Crystalbuntu to all devices, with excellent functionality such as streaming from your browser to XBMC. Find out more about what LinxBMC is here. This transition is still some way off however.

Previous shortfalls such as playback issues or a lack of true seeking support are now a thing of the past, making the Raspberry Pi a better candidate for a media center than ever! Just restart your Raspberry Pi to get the update.

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

Update: Users who installed via NOOBS should backup their cmdline.txt before updating or they will get a rootfs mounting error. Future versions of NOOBS will fix this issue.