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Raspberry pi et al

Tedious details toward making the current generation of cheap but recognizably modern machines do interesting stuff, especially Single Board Computers, little systems on a single PCB.

(Are you doing this because you want to run a machine in a gallery?

You want inspiration? Alex McLean released his new album as a livecoding Raspberry pi.

TODO: see if there are alternatives in the wilds of ali express

Media Centres

Complicated because there are too many alternatives which change their names too often.

Kodi (formerly XMBC) is the media centre at the heart of lots of rasppi media centres. But how to package it up? A million different ways all of which are tedious to compare against each other and differ in ways you'd rather not know anything about! Welcome to the 21st century.

As a rule, the JeOS distributions run their own packaging systems so you have to do more work to get unsupported software, and less work to get supported software.