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We are happy to announce our first ARM port and support for RaspBerry Pi. Many thanks to the XBMC Team member Edgar (gimli) Hucek and the whole XBMC dev team for supporting us with this!

This is our first ARM build and is early days but it spells yet another suite of current and future hardware that OpenELEC will support. In the future you can expect to see more and more capable ARM based hardware at low cost coming onto the market and OpenELEC will be with you all the way to integrate these devices into your home.

The RaspBerry Pi is a credit-card sized computer, running on a ARM (11) based processor, running at 700mhz and has 256MB RAM. An Ethernet connection for network/internet capability, two USB 2.0 slots, HDMI and SD-card slot.

Imagine having OpenELEC on a device that is as low in price, you could even give it to your friendly neighbour for washing your car! It is happening with the support for RaspBerry Pi’s board which costs around USD35.- for model B (plus shipping/local taxes)*. Put any casing around it and you’ll having a great box with the best digital media experience from OpenELEC, playing your movies at a stunning 1080p

This video shows one of our first ports of OpenELEC running on RaspberryPi (Model B)

Obviously this is still a work in progress as it is very early stage for both the hardware and the software so there will be teething troubles. The source and images are in development as we speak, mostly build blindly with the help of Edgar (gimli) Hucek and awaiting for the first development-boards to arrive for live-testing. After we agree on the first stable builds, you’ll find the images in the download section of our site.

We would like to thank the team behind RaspBerry Pi for making such a great device and wish them all the luck with their charity project!


*OpenELEC will only support model B of the RaspBerry Pi’s board