[mythtv-users] Raspberry Pi suitability for MythFrontend
michael at thewatsonfamily.id.au
Sun Sep 2 21:51:17 UTC 2012
On 3/09/2012 7:38 AM, Joseph Fry wrote:
> Some us do not transcode, nor record or watch blueray or HD
> and run
> quite happily on low end Atom stuff.
> The term "low end" is very much relative. Your average 1.6-1.8GHz
> dual core Atom is nearly an order of magnitude higher performance
> than the 700MHz ARM11 in the RPi. That's not including the
> performance penalty hit when you start swapping on a machine with
> ~200MB of memory, compared to an Atom which will more likely have
> I was using that as a point of reference, showing performance
> complaints on an Atom when opening a large library in Watch
> Recordings, to point out potential problems on a yet significantly
> lower end system.
> I acknowledge it may not run much but I hope it might run a
> low end
> front end, so please let's not write it off just yet.
> I'm not writing it off. I'm just explaining the hurdles to go
> through in using it, and that the addition of hardware MPEG2
> support, rather than just H264, makes no real difference.
> I wonder how lite mythtv could be as it stands today with just changes
> to settings, theme, and OS.
There are some guys on openelec forum working on running MythFrontend as
an app addon for OpenElec/XBMC
There are now two distro's of xbmc available for the Pi, OpenElec and
RaspBMC. Which you can then add Mitch Cappers version of MythBOX (which
will run against a Myth 0.25 Backend) for access to MythTV.
I almost tempted to purchase a Pi, just to see how well xbmc runs on it,
and test it as a suitable frontend device, if it fails, I guess it could
always be used as a low power NAS for some USB HDD's
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