Raspbmc’s May update

Raspbmc’s May update ensures that Raspbmc gets better and better. Here’s what’s new:

  • Fixed a rare issue where the update system does not get triggered.
  • Fixed an issue where videos continue playing on a black screen (thanks popcornmix)
  • TVHeadend updated to version 3.4.
  • Fix a bug where the firewall does not disable despite being disabled via Raspbmc Settings.
  • USB DACs and PulseAudio support is supported in XBMC 12.2 again. Note that this is an unofficial addon maintained by the Raspbmc team, rather than being supported by XBMC directly, which is why it took some time to port to 12.2.
  • Better compliance with upstream Debian (using apt-get upgrade)

It is sad for me to announce that Raspbmc’s other developer, s7mx1 is no longer active. He brought excellent things to the project and was key in development of Raspbmc from early May to February this year. Since early February he has not been actively involved with development. Aside from the moderation and testing team, this leaves me as the sole developer.

To get the update, simply reboot your Raspberry Pi. Note that if you have disabled updates via Raspbmc Settings, you’ll need to enable them first, and if you’re running a nightly build, you’ll need to switch to ‘xbmc release’ in Raspbmc Settings to get back to the stable builds we ship as default.

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

Thank you, and enjoy!

We’re back, cheers DataShack!

Sorry for downtime today. This was due to a failed hard drive. Fortunately, we operate RAID and store backups, however some extended downtime was due to identifying the fault and making a backup of the working drive at the block level just in case the rebuild was unsuccessful! Many thanks to DataShack for replacing a hard drive without any quibbles and on a weekend at such short notice!

Raspbmc gets XBMC 12.2

XBMC 12.2 Frodo is released today and brings a variety of improvements to XBMC. From the XBMC website:

  • Fixed infinite loop on addon dependencies, resolves crashing problem that arrose immediately post 12.1 launch
  • Numerous UPnP fixes
  • Memory leak fixed when XBMC is minimized
  • Various Raspberry Pi playback fixes and software codec support
  • Fixed OSX audio mixing
  • Fixed some audio-related crashes in Linux builds
  • AirPlay fixes
  • Bluray folder resume-bookmarks now work
  • Ability to scan for new content on file folders has been reimplemented
  • Language updates from Transifex

We’d like to thank everyone involved with improving XBMC and delivering such a great media experience. Keep it up guys!

Please note that due to changes in the DVDPlayer and OMXPlayer code we are unable to yet deliver a Pulse Audio enabled build, because of the haste at which this build was delivered. For now, users are recommended to use nightly builds before the 5th May if they wish to use a USB DAC.

To get this update, simply reboot your Raspberry Pi and it will install automatically within a few minutes. Please note if you are currently on a nightly build, you will need to manually switch to this build after the update. This can be done by going into Raspbmc Settings -> Nightly Build Configuration -> Switch builds and selecting ‘xbmc release’.

Thank you for using Raspbmc!