Now that I’ve been working with my RPi, I am having a ball. This is fun. As I mentioned it has HDMI output and that’s a plus. After playing around with several of the distributions I found Raspbmc. It’s based on Debian, and the GUI is XBMC. XBMC is a media center program that does a lot of things. Photos, video, and other things that I can’t remember. Then I found out it will also work as a uPnP player. Now that’s something I’ve been looking for.
One of the problems I had was getting the system to connect to the network. If I wanted to use it anywhere so it had to be wireless. I ordered a wireless adapter from the same company that got the Pi from, and plugged it in. I had to configure it by putting in the password, and it connected. So now I can move it around. I took it into my TV room and plugged it into my TV. Oh, what a picture. I configured it to get the files from my uPnP server, and it connected right away. I got the list and selected a movie to watch. I couldn’t believe it. The picture was every bit as good as my blueray player. Yep, it’s that good. I was very pleased.
The folks at the Raspberry Pi organization have created a real winner as far as I’m concerned. Now to find out what else it will do.
Filed under: Computers, Raspberry Pi, SuSE Linux
At the beginning of the month, I got the latest issue of Linux Journal. In it is a lot of articles on a little computer called the Raspberry Pi. After reading some of the articles, I decided to order one. I mean, how much can you lose with a computer that only costs $35. I ordered the card along with some extra stuff like the power supply, a small case, and of course the operating system. The Raspberry Pi is an ARM powered self contained computer about the size of a credit card. Well, at least length and width. The version I bought has 512 meg of ram. It has two USB ports, and connections for the network cable, analog video, analog sound, and an HDMI port! Yep, that’s right. HDMI on it and it works quite nicely with my new monitor.
Credit for this picture goes to Switched on Tech Design(www.sotechdesign.com.au)
The little sdcard contains the operating system. One thing is that it runs linux. Yep, that’s it. Well, so far. According to the website, there are problems running Windows on this processor. Oh, well, I usually don’t do windows anyway. It came with the standard OS of Raspbian. It’s debian based and works OK. I’m not that familiar with Debian, so I had to do some research to get certain things done. Not hard at all. After that, I decided to find out if my old friend SuSE had an image. Yep, sure do. I downloaded it, and wrote it to another sdcard. Plugged it in, and it started right up. Sort of nice to have an old friend to work with. But there is work to be done on the image, so I’ll see what I can contribute.
As for what it can do, I’ve heard it makes a nice quiet file server, or a media server or even a webserver. Now that would be something. Low power consumption, and easy to work with. I’m not sure how well the webserver would work because of the processor, but the rest seem to be possible for a home network.
I’m off to play now, and see what I can do with it. I finally got a USB hub so that I can connect more things to the little box. Taking up one port with the keyboard doesn’t leave much space for the rest of the things I want to try.