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That doesn't surprise me. Have you done a blog posting on this?

I may try an RPi out as a cheap HTPC client running XBMC. It seems that there may also being a Plex release for it in the near future.
 

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Not yet, I'm working out the options first. Not going to use it as a media center (the new Roku uses the same CPU as the Raspberry Pi). More an I/O controller, generally these things are headless and setup like a NAS via a web interface.

I've revised the design dozens of times, I may even consider putting it to Kickstarter (needs US citizen & bank account).

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4 relay, 4 opto inputs, RS232/422/485, USB, XBee S2 (ZigBee), DS1307 RTCC
Supports Raspberry Pi or ATmega 328p (Arduino compatible) or PIC 18F26K80.

daisy-chainable up to 8 units via ribbon cable (same cable as the RPi uses).

Getting it to support all three CPU choices is the fun part.
 

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Wow that sounds really cool!

I ordered one back in Aug. I called the other day to check the status, December it should be here. I am planning on trying to build a Linux PVR /MC.
 

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I have a couple of Pis but I haven't done anything terribly useful with either one yet. They work well for what they are.
 

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I've been thinking for a few weeks now of an easy way to integrate one into my camper/trailer that could just plug into the back of a smallish LCD panel and use as a HTPC of some sort. everytime I think about it though, I end up just thinking how much easier it is to just pack the laptop and wire out the audio and be done with it. definitely looking forward to seeing some folks come up with solutions
 

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Mine finally came in wasn't expecting it until December. Grabbed a quick basic distro from the RPi website to try and boot it and no issues. Worked great on a 720p Samsung 24" TV. Going to try that XBMC distro next.
 

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It would be great to hear how it is for media playback. An RPi could also make a great car computer, especially if the Android build for it works well.
 

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Wow the XBMC Linux build for the RPi is really polished. It makes it work pretty hard though CPU usage is quite high. I had it flake a bit too lock up etc. Still playing with it though. I was a bit :( that I got a 256Mb instead of a 512 and it shipped in October.
 

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Just a note if you want to run XBMC on a RaspPI and want to play MPEG2 videos you will need to buy the license for the MPEG2 support. It is available from XBMC website and I think it only costs like $3.

There is some interesting reads online about using a Pi as an extender too. Currently I am using a couple of Xbox360's with my HTPC but I might make the switch after the LiveTV support for XBMC improves (under Frodo it is still a work in progress).
 

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Speaking of this, is anyone actually getting a Pi shipped to Canada? I started this thread after ordering my RPi from Allied in September (Sep 4 to be exact). December will soon be here and I don't even have a sniff of a shipping date yet.
 

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Wayne, I added a link in your OP.

How does the processor compare to some of the tablets out there now?
 

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I am guessing that the processor is much less power than what you get with tablets. But this wouldn't really compete with tablets, it is a very open architecture where you choose your OS and everything else. The target market is the educational and hobbyist market but HTPC could be an interesting sideline, especilly if the Android version appears.
 

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Sorry I was not clear. For decoding HD video how does the RPi compare to tablets? Is the Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU pretty capable?

Edit: I just read it is the same unit as in the Roku 2. So I guess the answer is most definitely yes! :)
 

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I ordered one from Allied Aug-Sept and was told to wait until Dec but mine showed up in late Oct. Early Oct is when they started shipping the 512mb model but I ended up with a 256mb.

I loaded up XBMC for RPi copied a few .MP4 files to a usb stick, popped it in and play back was awesome. That is all I have done with it so far.
 

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What a coincidence - I haven't heard from them in a long time but I just got an email from Allied Electronics saying that my Pi will ship no later than Dec 21. It almost makes me think that they are monitoring this forum!
 

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My Pi finally arrived - order date Sep 4, 2012, product received on Dec 12, 2012. Three months and eight days.
 

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I think so but the text on the chip is so small that I will need a magnifying glass to see for sure.

edit - it is a 4G so I am good. It sure is hard to read that printing on the SoC.
 
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