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.