Category Archives: ARM

GeeXboX 3.1

A new GeeXboX release has arrived! GeeXboX 3.1 is an upgrade that integrates XBMC 12.2 “Frodo”. Like the previous version, you can use GeeXboX to watch and record live TV. In addition to our usual x86 ISOs, this release is also available for several embedded platforms, with working full HD video and graphics acceleration for most of them.

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Supported platforms are :

We have removed the support for PandaBoard, ux500, nvidia Tegra2 (unless someone wants to work on these).
Please refer to our Documentation section on how to create a bootable SD card from a downloaded rootfs archive.

Here’s a roundup of the new release:

New features:

  • XBMC Media Center 12.2 “Frodo” frontend.
  • PVR support for DVB Digital TV, to watch and record live TV with vdr and tvheadend
  • Support for Full HD videos on Utilite
  • Support for Full HD videos on Cubox
  • Support for Full HD videos on RaspberryPi

Supported Architectures:

  • x86 32 and 64 bits PCs
  • ARM Cubox (Marvell Armada510)
  • ARM RaspberryPi (Broadcom BCM2708)
  • ARM Utilite (Freescale i.MX6)
  • ARM CubieBoard (Allwinner A10)

System:

  • Linux Kernel v3.10.9 (for x86 devices)
  • Systemd v206.
  • BusyBox v1.21.1
  • Connman Network Manager v1.9.
  • Xorg Server v1.14.1 (if applicable)
  • Mesa v9.2.2
  • OPKG Package Manager v0.18
  • USB persistent user data storage.

Audio Drivers:

  • ALSA v1.0.26
  • Support for Analog, SPDIF and HDMI output devices.

Video Drivers:

  • Support for Intel, nVidia, ATI GPUs.
  • Support for CRT, LCD and HDMI output devices.
  • OpenGL and OpenGL|ES hardware assisted graphics acceleration.
  • VDPAU, VA-API and Crystal HD hardware assisted video decoding for nVidia, Intel and Broadcom GPUs.

Input:

  • Mouse and Synaptics touch pads.
  • HID Keyboards.
  • Remote Controls.
  • PluseEight external CEC devices.
  • Built-in CEC adapters for Cubox, Utilite and RaspberryPi.

Networking Features:

  • NFS shares.
  • Samba auto-discovery.
  • UPnP / DLNA media discovery.
  • ZeroConf services announcements.
  • HTTP server.
  • FTP server
  • SSH server
  • Utorrent (client and gui over http)

MediaCenter:

  • XBMC Media Center 12.2 “Frodo” frontend.
  • Movies and TV Shows, with subtitles support.
  • Music Collection
  • Pictures and Slideshows
  • CDDA, DVD and (non encrypted) Bluray support.
  • Media Database Support.
  • Internet MovieDB / TVDB metadata and covers grabbers.
  • Skins
  • Vu+ addon
  • Xvdr addon
  • Vdr server
  • Tvheadend server

 

We hope you’ll like this new GeeXboX release !

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SolidRun’s CuBox-i (starting from 45$ ONLY)

Proud of its long-term partnership with SolidRun, the GeeXboX team is announcing that support for new CuBox-i has started in our development tree. The CuBox-i is the new generation of CuBox MediaCenter. Keeping the same exiting specification than its old sister (the legacy CuBox), a 90g 5x5cm fully-connected box, the new i-series, features a tremendous Cortex-A9 i.MX6 SoC from Freescale with astonishing performances.

The i-series now comes in 4 different models, with variable network, CPU frequency, number of cores and memory size to exactly fit all of your possible needs, as presented on the table below:

Cuboxi

Remember that development has barely started but our goal is to provide you with a complete GeeXboX-powered system anytime soon. As for the original edition, if you’re interested by this new exciting board and want to sponsor GeeXboX development, don’t hesitate to pre-order yours through our affiliate program.

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Raspberry Pi, XBMC 12 — and more!

Raspi_Colour_RThis has actually been working for a while, but time to make an official announcement. We’ve successfully ported GeeXboX to the Raspberry Pi board! This includes full OpenGL ES acceleration for XBMC, 1080p HD video hardware decoding and HDMI-CEC support. There’s no official release yet, but in the meantime you can try one of the latest snapshots from the development tree (and head over to the documentation for install instructions). In other news, you will notice that the snapshots now feature the recently released XBMC 12.0 ‘Frodo’, which includes the AudioEngine with HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, and is the first release to officially support Live TV and PVR.

Finally, we’re going to demo these latest GeeXboX updates at the Technical Showcase during this year’s Embedded Linux Conference (ELC 2013) in San Francisco on February 20-22. We’ll have working demos of the latest GeeXboX running on several systems, including CuBox, Raspberry Pi, PandaBoard, and more. If you’re in town, come say hi and see what we’re working on!

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GeeXboX 3.0

A shiny new GeeXboX release has arrived! GeeXboX 3.0 is a major upgrade that integrates XBMC 11 “Eden” and adds the long-requested PVR functionality. This means you can finally use GeeXboX to watch and record live TV too! In addition to our usual x86 ISOs, this release is also available for several embedded platforms, with working full HD video and graphics acceleration for most of them.

A year in the making, this new GeeXboX 3.0 release is the accomplishment of hours, days, months of efforts from a lot of people. The ISO image of “GeeXboX for PC” edition grew up to 140 MB, mostly due to additional firmware and drivers to improve hardware support. We still think of GeeXboX as a lightweight distro, aiming at targeting the most PCs and devices as possible. The whole base system has been overhauled as usual, with countless package upgrades for improved stability and functionality, also benefitting from several improvements to the underlying OpenBricks build system.

GeeXboX also support many embedded devices running ARM SoCs (such as TI OMAP4 Pandaboard, nVidia Tegra 2, Solid-Run Cubox powered by Marvell Armada, ST-Ericsson Snowball), and more will be coming soon. Preliminary support for Toshiba AC100 (Tegra2-based netbook) and Raspberry Pi is already integrated in the development tree.

Here’s a roundup of the new release:

New features:

  • XBMC Media Center 11 “Eden” frontend.
  • PVR support for DVB Digital TV, to watch and record live TV
  • Improved remote control support
  • Support for Full HD videos on PandaBoard
  • Support for Full HD videos on Cubox
  • Improved HDD installation
  • Installation support for (U)EFI systems
  • Installation support for SSD’s

Supported Architectures:

  • x86 32 and 64 bits PCs
  • ARM TI OMAP4 Pandaboard
  • ARM nVidia Tegra2 Harmony
  • ARM Cubox (armada5xx)
  • ARM Snowball ux500

System:

  • Linux Kernel v3.4.4.
  • Systemd v188.
  • BusyBox v1.21
  • Connman Network Manager v1.6.
  • Xorg Server v1.11.4.
  • Mesa v8.0.3
  • OPKG Package Manager v0.18
  • USB persistent user data storage.

Audio Drivers:

  • ALSA v1.0.24.1.
  • Support for Analog, SPDIF and HDMI output devices.

Video Drivers:

  • Support for Intel, nVidia, ATI, Matrox and VIA GPUs.
  • Support for CRT, LCD and HDMI output devices.
  • OpenGL and OpenGL|ES hardware assisted graphics acceleration.
  • VDPAU, VA-API and Crystal HD hardware assisted video decoding for nVidia, Intel and Broadcom GPUs.

Input:

  • Mouse and Synaptics touch pads.
  • HID Keyboards.
  • Remote Controls.
  • PluseEight CEC devices.

Networking Features:

  • NFS shares.
  • Samba auto-discovery.
  • UPnP / DLNA media discovery.
  • ZeroConf services announcements.
  • HTTP server.
  • FTP server
  • SSH server

MediaCenter:

  • XBMC Media Center 11 “Eden” frontend.
  • Movies and TV Shows, with subtitles support.
  • Music Collection
  • Pictures and Slideshows
  • CDDA, DVD and (non encrypted) Bluray support.
  • Media Database Support.
  • Internet MovieDB / TVDB metadata and covers grabbers.
  • Skins
  • Vu+ addon
  • Xvdr addon
  • Vdr server
  • Tvheadend server

 

We hope you’ll like this new GeeXboX release; now you just have to try it: download it, put it on some USB key and reboot your PC. Time to sit back and relax 🙂