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Raspberry Pi For Dummies by Mike Cook, Sean McManus

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Navigating Raspbmc

After the installation is complete, your Raspberry Pi boots up into the Home screen, shown in Figure 9-2. Raspbmc has inherited XBMC’s simple interface, which is designed to work with only a remote control. In this chapter, we assume you’re using a mouse, but we give you some pointers on using remote controls in the section “Using a Remote Control” later in this chapter.

The menu bar across the middle of the screen scrolls left and right as you roll your cursor over it. It has the following options: Weather, Pictures, Videos, Music, Programs, and Settings. When you hover your mouse pointer over one of these items, a submenu of related shortcuts appears underneath the main menu bar. The Music submenu, for example, enables you to jump straight to artists, albums, or songs. To select an item in the main menu or the submenu, simply click it.

Figure 9-3 shows the Weather screen, which displays temperature, humidity, and wind information, as well as satellite images and weather alerts. Although you may not consider this to be a traditional function of a media center, it’s nicely done.

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Figure 9-2: The Home screen and menu options.

Halfway down the screen on the left is a tab, a visual hint that there’s a menu offscreen. When you move your mouse pointer to the left of the screen (not necessarily over the tab), the View Options menu slides out. In the Weather ...

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