Raspberry Pi mediacenter with AirPlay and AirTunes support

„Raspbmc is a minimal Linux distribution based on Debian that brings XBMC to your Raspberry Pi. This device has an excellent form factor and enough power to handle media playback, making it an ideal component in a low HTPC setup, yet delivering the same XBMC experience that can be enjoyed on much more costly platforms. Raspbmc is brought to you by the developer of the Crystalbuntu Linux Distribution, which brings XBMC and 1080p decoding to the 1st generation Apple TV.

Here’s why you might like Raspbmc:

  • Free and open source.
  • No knowledge of Linux is needed. If you want to use the Raspberry Pi as an XBMC frontend you can do exactly that with no knowledge of how anything works.
  • It can be installed with a few simple clicks from a Mac or a PC running Windows or Linux.
  • It’s auto updating, meaning you constantly get new features, performance and driver updates. You can however turn updates off at any time.
  • It supports 1080p playback.
  • Share your content from your PC over NFS, SMB, FTP and HTTP.
  • AirPlay and AirTunes support allow you to send music and video from your iDevice to the TV.
  • Full GPIO support!
  • As it is a Debian system, it is completely expansive and you can install any packages from Debian’s massive repository!
  • … and much more!

Raspbmc is created and maintained by Sam Nazarko, an 18 year old student from London.“


iPad availability in Germany

Today the selling of the Apple iPad started in Germany. The units are very rare in the shops, so unfortunatly not everyone can buy one. So my spontaniously idea to order or buy one direct in the nearest Apple store in Hamburg was break through unavailability of a iPad for me. So the process of analyse the need for buying and owning that device starts. Ok the same process had happened with the iPhone before I decided to bought it. The really best benefit of the iDevices is the astronomical (just a image ;-)) mass of Apps. Anyone with reallife experience and good advices ?