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
- Setting up raspberry pi with bash
- automating pi setup with pibakery
- low-cpu non-intel DAW: Non
- low-latency multi-channel audio machine: bela
- quad core 64 bit Raspberry pi competitor: odroid-c2.
- linux realtime audio config
find your headless pi on the network
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.
LibreELEC is a JeOS Kodi host (seems active)
OpenELEC is a JeOS Kodi host (seems a little slow on updates)
OSMC is a Kodi-focussed debian
Creators also make a pre-loaded one-board-computer device, the vero4k.
Just like Debian, XBian incorporates rolling releases. This means that different from other distributions such as OpenELEC or Raspbmc, XBian doesn't release fixed images that often.
In contrast, XBian offers new package updates at least once a week. This means that new improvements and bugfixes are delivered quickly and easily.
Sounds lofty. Should the ghastly design of their web-page make me nervous about their UX though?