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Raspberry Pi Media Center [Kindle Edition]

Sam Nazarko
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Low-cost and high-performing, with a massively diverse range of uses and applications, the Raspberry Pi is set to revolutionize the way we think about computing and programming. Using it as a Media Center allows everyone to have a low-cost device that is always on, attached to their TV.

Imagine controlling your TV with your smartphone, dynamically streaming content that you have on various devices across your home, as and when you want. Raspberry Pi Media Center will show you how to configure the complete experience using readily available and accessible tools, so that you too will soon be enjoying your media from the comfort of your own sofa.

With this practical guide, you’ll discover how you can transform your Raspberry Pi into a powerful media center. Using Raspbmc (based on the XBMC distribution), you'll be shown how you can deploy and configure your own media center, including coverage of all the essentials from controlling your device with a TV remote or smartphone, to the creation and customization of your very own media library (including the conversion of any existing collection). You'll even be able to stream multimedia from your devices or directly from the Internet!


Constructed as a set of simple-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, this book will take you through numerous aspects of creating a fully functional media center with your Raspberry Pi. It is an easy-to-follow yet comprehensive guide to setting a complete media center experience using the revolutionary ARM GNU/Linux board.

Who this book is for

This book does not require any prior knowledge of the Raspberry Pi, but it does assume you are computer literate and comfortable with Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows and concepts such as installing software.

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About the Author

Sam Nazarko

Sam Nazarko is an 18-year-old student, currently studying Computer Science at King's College London, UK. He has been using computers since the age of four and has developed a huge passion for them. He has a wide range of experience and knowledge about both Windows and Linux platforms at desktop and server level. He enjoys developing tailor-made solutions for clients, which range from C# application development on Windows to C development on Linux, and has expertise in system deployment and administration on a large scale. He has recently been involved in open source development, harnessing his skills in embedded systems development by delivering Linux distributions for Apple TV and Raspberry Pi that deliver XBMC.

Sam is planning to launch a technology startup in 2013, which will focus on embedded system development and custom-made solutions.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4801 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (20 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B97Y4BO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How to media-center with Raspbmc 30 Mar. 2013
How should I describe it? In short - this book is too short. It feels a bit thin, a bit rushed to be finished. The info is exact, but at places not quite enough.

To be honest, I expected something different. It is just wrong on some levels and here is how it all intersects.

Generally all software starts living in the same manner: Install; Boot; Dive in. This scheme is omnipresent. There are certain specifics of course: installation media, execution space, configurations, execution process, etc. but the structure stands and Raspbmc is no exception from this common factual rule set. Sometimes details might be tricky, but it is not a common situation where you get stuck and without any support. In that sense Raspbmc is a little dream - it is very self-sustained and even ... OK, I'll say it - self-conscious at some level. But I'm getting a bit ahead of myself.

After the first two chapters I was kind of outraged - many facts were introduced and still somehow I didn't know anything about Raspbmc. I mean that I was doing the prescriptions automatically and the required understanding came from the experience, instead of being somehow suggested by the book. Just after I put the SD card with the newly installed image and ran Raspberry Pi, I realized how autonomous and durable this system is. It downloaded its components and tried to install itself. There was some error with mounting the partitions, so the install program suggested me to reboot the Raspy. I did and the installation went quickly and without any other hassle. Nothing in the first chapter gave me even the slightest idea for that power.

I think here is the place to share my expectations. The rest of the book is rundown of the functions and the abilities of Raspbms. Actually of XBMC.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sad 19 Jan. 2014
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Considering that Sam Nazarko had such an important role in generating Raspbmc. The book itself is virtually useless. I wanted to install it on one of my Pi's and found that the resources on the Internet were far more useful. half the instructions in the book just didn't work, and the book provided no information what to do then. To be perfectly honest the book was just a waste of money; I am glad I got the cheaper Kindle version rather than pay for the hardcopy book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Raspberry Pi Media Center 17 April 2013
By Dima
I'm a complete newbie to raspberry Pi and I had literally no experience with it or Linux before hand. I was expecting that this book will have sufficient information for me to be able to install the Raspbmc. I was wrong. The part of the book where they talk about Mac installation is only a half a page long. There are no direct download links, no alternative install methods, no possible errors that you could encounter no nothing so I had to stop there and search forums and online tutorials to get more information. It feels like the book was made in a rush. Definitely not worth the money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced for what it is. 6 Mar. 2014
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Useful little book. As headline says - it is a 20 minute read and overprice for what it is. Most of the material is, of course, available on the internet but this book does collect it all together from one of the true experts on using the Pi as a media centre.. Even so, one or two questions are not answered in the book so you still need the internet forums to set the thing up. Book could do with a bit more content.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice some detailed info all in one place 26 April 2013
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having been playing with xbmc on my pi the book gave me th information in one place on bringing it to a usable media center now wish i had got hard copy as well
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