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R-Pi 2 Media Player

My Raspberry Pi 2 model B arrived and I've got OSMC Alpha 4 installed on a micro SD card. I was very impressed by the installation process, their installer is very slick. I didn't have any time to tinker with anything beyond getting it booted for the first time.

Here's my todo list:

  • switch to the default kodi skin; confluence (eases the change from XBian to OSMC)
  • I couldn't connect via ssh when I tried, I suspect the wifi device hasn't been detected
  • get the remote control working
  • plug the external drives which contain all our media into it
  • export the library from the old XBian setup (including watched status)
  • import library into OSMC setup
  • install and configure transmission
  • install and configure sickbeard
  • install and configure samba, so I can access the media files from my PC

Once I've switched us over to using this new OSMC system on the R-Pi 2 I can redeploy the old R-Pi as the base of my refactored RFID music triggering system. I've got a pair of speakers, another wifi dongle and external drive all ready to get that up and running. More on that as I get to it.

Raspberry Pi 2

I've placed an order for a Raspberry Pi 2. Alas I didn't get in quick enough when they were first announced and I'm now waiting on a back order being filled. It'll probably arrive in my hot little hands in 2 to 3 weeks. The wait isn't going to kill me, due to what I'm planning on using it for.

I'll be using it to replace the current first gen R-Pi I've been using as a media player, running XBian. I've been pretty happy with the performance of it; as I was able to use xbmc, sickbeard and transmission on it and have 3 external USB drives connected via USB hub. But lately we've noticed that it can get a little slow to respond and update the file listings in menus.

I'm looking towards switching the system over to use OSMC rather than XBian, they already have a build specifically for the R-Pi 2 and I like the approach they're taking. I suspect it'll be nice and speedy.

This will then free up the old R-Pi to take on the work of being the guts of my revamped RFID Music setup.