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Raspberry Pi For Dummies by Mike Cook, Sean McManus

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Setting Up Raspbmc

The Raspberry Pi can play back full HD 1080p video, which makes it ideal as the heart of a cheap and low-powered media center. Raspbmc is a Linux distribution that turns your Raspberry Pi into a media center, using a version of the XBMC software that powers some set-top boxes and smart TVs. The distribution has been created by Sam Nazarko and is open-source.

warning_bomb.eps You can install Raspbmc two different ways. You can download a complete image from the Raspbmc website and flash the SD card with it, using a similar approach to the one covered in Chapter 2. You should only do this if you don’t have a network connection on your Raspberry Pi because you might not get the latest updates to the software this way.

If you do have a network connection on your Raspberry Pi, we recommend that you flash a small installer program onto the SD card. When you insert the SD card in the Raspberry Pi and switch it on, this program downloads and installs the latest version of Raspbmc. As a result, this method ensures you have the latest bug fixes and improvements.

A friendly installation program available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux automates the work of copying the installer program to the SD card. The Mac OS and Linux programs are scripts you run from the shell prompt, and the Windows program uses a simple menu, as you can see in Figure 9-1. On Windows, you just download the program ...

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