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(Arch) Linux Raspberry Pi Set GPU Memory

If you want to use your raspberry pi in headless mode (no monitor connected), you can decrese the number of memory from your gpu to gain more free memory.
Open the file "/boot/config.txt" and search for something like "gpumem". The advice is to set it to something like "64" or "48". Otherwise it is possible that your pi will not boot.

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Upgrade OpenELEC on Raspberry Pi from version 3.x to 4.x via ssh

  • login via ssh (password is "openelec")
  • cd /storage/downloads
  • download latest build via wget
  • tar xf .tar
  • cp /target/* /storage/.update
  • cd /storage
  • mkdir backup/
  • cp -r .config .xbmc backup//
  • reboot
  • reconfigure what you need
  • donate
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raspberry pi, xbmc and the new amazon prime

Since amazon bundles its prime with the video steaming, i wanted to check if i can use my raspberry pi with this amazon service also. I searched for some howtos on the web but only found outdated entries.
At the end, it turned out it was working in the past and it is working in the present for windows pcs with a lot of horsepower under the hood. Since amazon bundles a lot of DRM-sh*t, it is impossible to get something done on a pi so far.

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FreeBSD On Raspberry Pi

The FreeBSD team announced their major release of version 10. As a side note, they are supporting the Raspberry Pi out of the box now.

You can find a cool blog entry on A download link to the image is also inside this article.
Furthermore, the FreeBSD team have added/updated an entry on their wiki.

I'm curious how the pi performs on an zfs filesystem (i know the world already, especially thanks to the way usb mass storage can be handled on the pi ;-/).

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RaspberryPi And Hardware Video Playback

Sadly but true, the local hamburg public transport stops "transporting" at half past one on weekdays, so i decided to watch the Fnord News Show at home.

Nothing special so far but there is this tiny raspberrypi near my full hd screen. I decided boot up the pi, start notion and wanted to watch the stream "on big screen".
Well, chromium was more a slideshow, mplayer was working but only in a slide show or with tiny video size (by the way, the load was way to high for a single core machine). A quick search on the web and i found thread. This thread links to a page called Hardware-accelerated video playback on the Raspberry Pi. To keep it short, mplayer isn't shipped with a hardware support, so simple install omxplayer, open your stream and you get full hd and hardware decoded video playback.

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First Impression Of RaspberryPi


So after a while of borrowing multiply pi's, i've managed to buy one. Of course the shipment was delayed so it arrived at a week full of no time. Finally, i prepared all and started the installation, of course an arch linux (like the guy in the advertisement, "what else?" ;-)). The installation was quite easy, i struggeld a bit with the resizing of my partitions. The magic hint, resizes the extended partition first, then you are able to resize the root partition and everything is fine.

After that, i've browsed through the available packages and started setting up the tiny beast. Writing about window managers is a short one, don't do fancy stuff. Notion is working, openbox and fluxbox also. Of course xbmc is running like a charm. But xfce4 and lxde are a bit to much for the little arm. Kde is working better than expected but like chromium, it is far away from running smooth. A nice howto about installing xfce4 on arm arch linux can be found here. Some general beginner tutorials about different raspberry pi distributions can be found here.

What about using known software? Well, you can but keep in mind, it is an arm cpu under the hood. Midori is currently my first choice for browsing the web. If i need something with a gui, pcmanfm is performing well on the pi. Have some minutes left? Read this nice introduction about the desktop world of the raspberry pi.

Other Operation Systems Then Linux

Talking about the upcomming and possible shooting star firefox os, i can only write that i havn't tried it so far. There is a bunch of tutorials out there, like this, that. A list of possible alternative operation systems for the pi can be found here.

What To Do Now?

Well, first i want to try out the media center suitability of the little pi. I like the idea to control the xbmc via an android mobile. I also want to compare xbmc with openELEC. And for the far away future, i want to build zfs on linux on this little box (why?, of course because i can :-D). A git server is also and always an option, lets see. Privoxy, openVPN, tor, the list is getting longer the more i think about it :-).

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