raspbmc easy peasy


.. Good to see site working again. Off to test with an 8gb sandisk SD card. the 4gb one was on a Micro SD . did see some Debian errors on boot, so will see if this is better. good way to test the xbmc backup ..

 all good so far


raspbmc and the bbc

.. so for PT today – needed to add iplayer.. result ! with the dowload zip file pulled across the network, and then ‘added’ said zip (ver 17)  .IJW… it just worked… iplayer and much more.




gunzip -c installer-testing.img.gz | dd of=/dev/sdbc

this command worked fine. from an excellent page feabhas


RPi as a webserver.

Raspberry PI Debianexcellent procedure here got Apache webserver working


It works!

This is the default web page for this server.

The web server software is running but no content has been added, yet





The first product is the size of a credit card, and is designed to plug into a TV or HDMI monitor. It comes in two variants, model A and B, with B having more features. The expected price is $25 for model A and $35 for model B. The GPIO pins on each board allow the use of optional expansion boards.



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Pink Floyd -  being played on the RPi  - Arnold Layne had a strange hobby  Collecting clothes   Moonshine washing line  They suit him fine     On the wall hung a tall mirror   Distorted view, see through baby blue  He dug it  Oh, Arnold Layne   It's not the same, takes two to know   Two to know, two to know, two to know  Why can't you see?    Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne

http://www.raspbmc.com/  Raspieman says Excellent Raspberry Pi Distribution. with XBMC  Welcome to the home of Raspbmc, the simplistic yet powerful Raspberry Pi media center distribution, created by Sam Nazarko!

Woops..  the raspbmc.com server down again :(

Raspbmc is a minimal Linux distribution based on Debian that brings XBMC to your Raspberry Pi. This device has an excellent form factor and enough power to handle media playback, making it an ideal component in a low HTPC setup, yet delivering the same XBMC experience that can be enjoyed on much more costly platforms. Raspbmc is brought to you by the developer of the Crystalbuntu Linux Distribution, which brings XBMC and 1080p decoding to the 1st generation Apple TV.

Here’s why you might like Raspbmc:
Free and open source.
No knowledge of Linux is needed. If you want to use the Raspberry Pi as an XBMC frontend you can do exactly that with no knowledge of how anything works.
It can be installed with a few simple clicks from a Mac or a PC running Windows or Linux.
It’s auto updating, meaning you constantly get new features, performance and driver updates. You can however turn updates off at any time.
It supports 1080p playback.
Share your content from your PC over NFS, SMB, FTP and HTTP.
AirPlay and AirTunes support allow you to send music and video from your iDevice to the TV.
Full GPIO support!
As it is a Debian system, it is completely expansive and you can install any packages from Debian’s massive repository!
… and much more!


http://www.netsurf-browser.org/  Raspieman got this working on Raspberry PI

Small as a mouse, fast as a cheetah and available for free. NetSurf is a multi-platform web browser for RISC OS, UNIX-like platforms (including Linux), Mac OS X, and more.

Whether you want to check your webmail, read the news or post to discussion forums, NetSurf is your lightweight gateway to the world wide web. Actively developed, NetSurf is continually evolving and improving.


Midori (緑, Japanese for green) is a web browser that aims to be lightweight and fast. It uses the WebKit rendering engine and the GTK+ 2 or GTK+ 3 interface

Lightweight browser that works with the Raspberry PI





Raspberry Pi Hacks, Tricks & Tips


Debian update


To update Debian Raspberry pi :

APT is an advanced interface to the Debian packaging system. It features complete installation ordering, multiple source capability and several other unique features, see the User’s Guide in /usr/share/doc/apt-doc/guide.html/index.html (you will have to install the apt-doc package).

aptitude is the recommended package manager for Debian GNU/Linux systems. It is a text-based interface to APT using the curses library, and can be used to perform management tasks in a fast and easy way.

Before you can use aptitude, you’ll have to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file to set it up. If you wish to upgrade to the latest stable version of Debian, you’ll probably want to use a source like this one:
http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free

You can replace http://ftp.us.debian.org with the name of a faster Debian mirror near you. See the mirror list at http://www.debian.org/mirror/list for more information.

More details on this can be found in the sources.list(8) manual page.

To update your system, run
aptitude update

followed by
aptitude dist-upgrade

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