aimc
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OS for Media Center

Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:11 pm

Hi,
As background, i had raspbmc installed with my pi 1 B+ and i wasn't happy about it because of lack of wifi dongle drivers and lack of smoothness / response when browsing..

Nowadays, after spending some more money, i have successfully set up a media centre with my (brand new) pi2 with OSMC, and i'm happy with it (e.g.: last night i could reproduce 1080p from a SAMBA fileserver without any issue )

But OSMC is not the only operating system out there regarding media centers so the main focus of this post is the following:

what are the main differences between OSMC, RaspBMC, OpenELEC, XBMC and KODI?
Which one is recommended for RPI / RPI2 ? and why?



I know that there have been some comparisons previously, but with the launch of pi2 and OSMC some of them are outdated. (example: http://www.htpcbeginner.com/xbian-vs-ra ... lec-part1/ )

fruitoftheloom
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Re: OS for Media Center

Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:25 pm

aimc wrote:Hi,
As background, i had raspbmc installed with my pi 1 B+ and i wasn't happy about it because of lack of wifi dongle drivers and lack of smoothness / response when browsing..

Nowadays, after spending some more money, i have successfully set up a media centre with my (brand new) pi2 with OSMC, and i'm happy with it (e.g.: last night i could reproduce 1080p from a SAMBA fileserver without any issue )

But OSMC is not the only operating system out there regarding media centers so the main focus of this post is the following:

what are the main differences between OSMC, RaspBMC, OpenELEC, XBMC and KODI?
Which one is recommended for RPI / RPI2 ? and why?



I know that there have been some comparisons previously, but with the launch of pi2 and OSMC some of them are outdated. (example: http://www.htpcbeginner.com/xbian-vs-ra ... lec-part1/ )
XBMC has been replaced by KODI and is not an Operating System it is Media Centre Software.

Raspbmc does not work with RPi2B and future development has been halted, OSMC is the new focus of the developers.

So the comparision should be:

OpenElec
OSMC
XBian
KODI installed on a Linux or BSD Operating System


I have always recommended OpenElec for Media Centre PC as it has the maturity of many years development prior to being offered on the RPi
Retired disgracefully.....
This at present is my daily "computer" https://www.asus.com/us/Chrome-Devices/Chromebit-CS10/

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