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    Default XBMC 13.0 Gotham Beta 1 Released

    Phoronix: XBMC 13.0 Gotham Beta 1 Released

    The first beta of the upcoming XBMC 13.0 "Gotham" multimedia HTPC software is available with a load of new features...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTYyMDc

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    They're still doing beta releases with that release?

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    Still? It's beta 1.

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    It's sad that it takes so long. For example RaspBerry Pi is a great HTPC with CEC support. Too bad Raspberry distros like OpenELEC still use the old XBMC version. If it takes too long to get stable Gotham, people lose interest in RPi as HTPC and buy closed source Android dongles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caligula View Post
    It's sad that it takes so long. For example RaspBerry Pi is a great HTPC with CEC support. Too bad Raspberry distros like OpenELEC still use the old XBMC version. If it takes too long to get stable Gotham, people lose interest in RPi as HTPC and buy closed source Android dongles.
    RPi isn't directly open... It's certainly not more open than any Android dongle.
    Also it's not suited as an HTPC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pajn View Post
    RPi isn't directly open... It's certainly not more open than any Android dongle.
    Also it's not suited as an HTPC.
    You must be joking? RPi + XBMC supports out-of-the-box (assuming you have the $10 dongles):

    Video formats: MPEG2, H.264 (1080p high profile), several others I don't remember
    Audio formats: MP3, OGG, FLAC, Airplay, DD, DTS and so on
    HTPC standards: CEC, DLNA
    I/O: SDHC, USB2, 100 Mbps ethernet, HDMI, analog audio. Bluetooth, Wifi 802.11n, SPDIF via $10 dongles

    How exactly are the other Android HTPC dongles any better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pajn View Post
    RPi isn't directly open... It's certainly not more open than any Android dongle.
    Also it's not suited as an HTPC.
    Broadcom published their documentation for their SoC. Soon we'll see opensource drivers.
    The first guy running quake III on rapi with free drivers wins 10 000$.
    I use my RaPi as HTPC every day.
    Its great and does work flawlessly with 5.1 surround sound and very comfortable handling by my remote control (TV -> libCEC).
    I have access to 2TB videos pictures over my NAS (these days you can attach a big hdd at every router ...).

    So please tell me: Why is the rasp not suited as HTPC. And why is XBMC 13 optimized for RaPi?

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