I completely under-estimated the capabilities of the $40.00 Raspberry Pi B+. I was using it as an audio server only with Runeaudio. I started wondering what else it might do. After all, it has a HDMI output, so why not try serving more than just audio?
Enter XBMC, which has just undergone a name-change to Kodi Entertainment Center. For the Pi, XBMC comes as part of a pre-configured complete operating system called Raspbmc that you write to the micro-sd card that the Pi boots from. Plug in your ethernet cable, HDMI cable and power and you’re in business.
I’m pulling my movies off the same tired old Linux server that my music is on. The little R.Pi plays it flawlessly. No burps. 1080P. Keep in mind this is an ARM processor with 512M of RAM. That’s not a lot of juice in today’s terms.
I will admit scanning in the movies and music libraries from the NAS machine took a little while, but once it was finished, the little machine performs smoothly and quickly. I’m quite pleased.
I added some alternative skins, and made a few tweaks here and there, but the thing just works right out of the box. So, instead of just music, I get my music, web video, my movies and even the weather.
What fun! Now excuse me while I finish watching The Bourne Ultimatum while using my iPhone as a remote.