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The Boxee Box is one of the best media streamers we’ve seen, and now it’s possible to replicate – or at least approximate – its abilities at a fraction of its £180 cost. How? Well, it’s all down to a dirt cheap computer called the Raspberry Pi.

The Raspberry Pi will cost around $35 (£22) when it launches. It’s a tiny thing with a Linux-based custom operating system and ARM processor. It doesn’t even come with a case (it’s just a mainboard, so you’ll have to find your own case to put it in), and features only a handful of inputs and outputs – but crucially it’s powerful enough to chuck out 1080p video and run XBMC.

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XBMC is media centre software that works in a very similar way to the Boxee Box (in fact, Boxee branched out from XBMC several years ago), and something called Raspbmc, being worked on right now, will allow you to install it on the Raspberry Pi with the help of a Windows, Mac or Linux computer. Hey presto, you’ve got yourself a media streamer for the price of a few pints at the pub. Take a look at this video to see XBMC in action on the Pi:

(Via Liliputing)

  • http://twitter.com/tawalker T.A. (Tim) Walker

    Who else is curious to see whether the Apple TV’s sales take a nosedive, once the RasPi launches? :-)

    Great thing is, this little fella is much more than just a highly-affordable XBMC client – I could have RaspBMC on one SD card, and (say) an Arch Linux system on another, and when I want to change OS, simply swap cards and reboot.

    Yes, I’m keenly awaiting the launch…

    • Anonymous

      At the end of the day, Raspberry Pi is a charitable effort rather than a consumer one – they won’t be able to produce enough to make Apple even consider worrying at some point down the line. But yeah, if you can get one and know what to do, it promises to be ace.

      • http://twitter.com/tawalker T.A. (Tim) Walker

        You’re quite right about the RasPi Foundation’s aim with the machine (and I look forward to donating in due course :-) ). My first comment was more an observation that most people I read about, who bought an Apple TV unit, seemed to do so with the aim of jailbreaking it and installing XBMC…

      • http://twitter.com/tawalker T.A. (Tim) Walker

        You’re quite right about the RasPi Foundation’s aim with the machine (and I look forward to donating in due course :-) ). My first comment was more an observation that most people I read about, who bought an Apple TV unit, seemed to do so with the aim of jailbreaking it and installing XBMC…

    • Anonymous

      At the end of the day, Raspberry Pi is a charitable effort rather than a consumer one – they won’t be able to produce enough to make Apple even consider worrying at some point down the line. But yeah, if you can get one and know what to do, it promises to be ace.

    • Anonymous

      At the end of the day, Raspberry Pi is a charitable effort rather than a consumer one – they won’t be able to produce enough to make Apple even consider worrying at some point down the line. But yeah, if you can get one and know what to do, it promises to be ace.

  • Anonymous

    Very much looking forward to this but was that a framerate of only 8 fps?

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