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Raspbmc July Update released – 2014

Raspbmc is a minimal Linux distribution based on Debian that brings XBMC to your Raspberry Pi. While Raspbmc offers great features, it has been found to fall behind on speed and fluidity compared to other media center OSes. This post introduces the recently released Raspbmc July update 2014.

Raspbmc July Update
Raspbmc Interface

What’s New in Raspbmc July Update 2014

Raspbmc July update brings several fixes and improvements listed below. It also now includes a basic built-in browser. The major changes, fixes, and improvements are listed below:

  • Fix an issue with the installer on new Model B+ Pis
  • Improve performance for Raspberry Pis with 256MB RAM
    • Default to 720p resolution by default
    • Better buffer handling for these Pis
    • Reserve less memory for kernel
    • Use larger swap file
    • Reserve less memory for GPU
  • Fix a race condition which can occur when loading HiFiBerry and iqAudio sound card modules
  • Improvements to buffer handling
  • Fix for an issue where playing audio can cause the device to reboot
  • Add option for Model B+ devices to boost USB current in Raspbmc Settings (this is useful if you wish to power an external hard drive).
  • Performance improvements by reducing XBMC binary size

Here is the link to the official Raspbmc July update release announcement. There may be bugs in this new update and somethings may break. Read through the comments to make sure that there are no major issues.

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How to Install Raspbmc

Ubuntu Installation and Configuration
Install Raspbmc using NOOBS

Upgrade Instructions

Ubuntu Installation and Configuration

That is it. Enjoy the Raspbmc July update.

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Anand

Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.

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