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  1. Hi, i would like to share with this amazing community my project about the perfect low power media center i am trying to build. Some background first : I am a XBMC user since the begining when i was using it on my Xbox. At this time, HD content was just emerging and the Xbox did not have enough power to decode them. Then i moved to a jailbroken AppleTV version 1 (the big white model) with Linux and a Broadcom Chrystal HD card. I was perfectly fine with this solution capable for HD contents (both 720p and 1080p). My only concern was only the power consumption of initial AppleTV, as it could not be turned off or even go to sleep. Moreover i wanted to benefit from my videos when i was away from home on mobile devices (phone or tablet). So i started to use DS Video (a nice solution by the way, provided with my Synology NAS). The problem was that i had to maintain two different libraries (one for XBMC and another one for DS Video). Then i discovered the Cubox-i. It seemed to me that it could replace my old AppleTV as the perfect media center device : really tiny form factor totally silent able to run linux distributions capable of hardware accelerated video decompression XBMC has been ported to the IMX6 Soc used in Cubox-i I pre-ordered one last year immediately. The thing is this little box has so much horsepower (my i4Pro has 4 cores and 2 GB of RAM : around 4 times more than a Raspberry Pi) that it opens to a world of possibilities. Like hosting a centralized media server solution on top of delivering HD content to my video projector using XBMC. If that media server would be capable of transcoding video content on the fly when delivered to mobile devices, my goal would be achieved. This is how i discovered MediaBrowser. Looking for the most appropriate Media server for my needs : fully compatible with XBMC having a linux version having a version running on ARM devices (a big thank to DaBungalow who is maintaining the Archlinux package for MediaBrowser) capable of transcoding and maybe the most important : with a nice / reactive / efficient community (i have been following the forum for a while, i just started posting lately) For people interested, here are the progress i did already : i installed Archlinux on my Cubox-i4Pro i installed MediaBrowser last stable version i struggled to solve the "image not showing in the web client / libGL dependency" issue i installed XBMC (Gotham 13.2 only for the moment, waiting for a release of Helix compatible with Cubox-i) i struggled with XBMC to get the remote app working via editing config files via SSH (my cubox-i has no keyboard or mouse connected to it) and my plan for the future : i have to get XBMC and MediaBrowser work together i have to ensure that MediaBrowser does not transcode video content when it is not necessary i have to update my library with MediaBrowser scrapper i have to talk with MediaBrowser developers about hardware accelerated transcoding possibilities (i have seen one or two threads discussed already in the forum but the most advanced is focused on windows/Intel) In case anybody would be interested in having more details about the steps I already achieved, don't hesitate to ask. But you should keep in mind that we are still at a really early stage with all the different pieces i mentioned : Cubox-i is one year old only. This is young compared to Raspberry Pi for example. And even if the community is active, it is much smaller. Linux on Cubox-i is not as much advanced as on Intel based computer or even Raspberry Pi. Linux kernel is older. MediaBrowser has not support for ARM based device and Linux support is quite new XBMC Helix, the first official version supporting IMX6 Soc, has been released a couple of weeks ago. The package in the main linux distributions is not available yet. We are far from a plug and play solution. Every steps requires quite a bit of knowledge with Linux. You should not be afraid with getting your hand dirty. But the result may be worth the efforts. Thanks again to all the persons working in the shadow on building those awesome pieces of software (MediaBrowser and XBMC). You are really doing an amazing work. esseki
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