XBian 1.0 Beta 1: New Debian Based Distro Bringing XBMC Features To Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi single board computers and the other ARM mini-computers gained popularity lately. As you may know, a Raspberry PI is perfect for a low consumption server.

XBian is a Debian based distribution, optimised for Raspberry Pi and ARM, that brings many XBMC features to its users. The users that want to play media files on their RasPi board should be very pleased with this release.

Xbian 1.0 Beta 1 has been released, a few days ago, with a kernel recompiled for ad hoc drivers, audio and video codecs and other adjustments to make it a powerfull media center.

Features and improvements of XBian 1.0 Beta 1, from the official site:

  • XBian 1.0 Beta 1 will include XBMC Frodo 12.2 by default. XBMC Frodo 12.2 contains a lots of improvements for the Raspberry Pi, for more information please read.
  • We’ve updated the Linux kernel to the latest version. This increases performance and stability.
  • We have fixed a lot of bugs in our xbian-config setting which helps you to set your XBMC and XBian settings.
  • For the more technical minded people of us, we’ve changed the default filesystem from EXT4 to BTRFS. This optimizes the write and read speed and so increases the performance.
  • We’ve also reduced the boot time again. We won’t tell how fast it is, just check it out!
  • SuperRepo is now included by default. You can now install all SuperRepo’s repositories from within XBMC!

The XBian 1.0 Beta 1 image can be downloaded from here. It has special installers for both Windows and Mac, in order to help the users add it to their Raspberry Pis.

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