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!

Raspbmc’s April update

Raspbmc’s April update is in and brings improvements to performance and stability. This update is the second monthly update since Raspbmc’s final release in February and demonstrates our long term support for XBMC on Raspberry Pi.

Here’s what this update brings:

  • XBMC Frodo build updated to include new bug fixes and stability improvements
  • Fixed issue where volume changes every time a new track begins (thanks Dom)
  • Fixed issue with cache buffer size
  • Fix a regression in Upstart in recent Raspbian root filesystem builds
  • Ensure valid XML generation with non-standard characters (Windows Installer)
  • Fixed an issue with xinet configuration in XBMC
  • Improved handling of firewall settings in Raspbmc Settings
  • Fix issue where LSB tags in init scripts were causing dependency problems when installing packages via apt-get
  • Raspbmc’s installer (which runs on the device), is much improved, and will warn users when USB or NFS installation is unsuccessful, as well as warning users who are attempting a USB installation with two devices attached. We’re also looking into the possibility of allowing custom partioning right from the desktop installers at a later date.
  • Faster boot time and improved performance due to quicker step up in CPU frequency
  • Fix bug where Samba password default of pi:raspberry was not working

It’s almost been a year since Raspbmc for Pi hit beta, and as some of you have requested, here are some stats:

  • Raspbmc has been installed over 1,000,000 times! This does however count repeat installs, and that definitely happened a lot during our earlier test stages. That’s a hair over 2,500 installs a day on average!
  • Approximately 450TB of bandwidth has been used to serve new installs, updates and nightly builds.
  • Given our usage statistics, we make the conservative estimate that one in five Raspberry Pi users have installed and used Raspbmc at some point.
  • Of those one in five users, just over 20% are ‘daily users’ (based on unique IP addresses accessing the update servers), which implies a stable, daily user base of approximately 40,000 users. That’s astounding!

Thank you for such fantastic support!

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.