Per RaspberryPi.org, "Raspbian Wheezy" is currently the recommended image for your Raspberry PI. What is the best path for installing XMBC on top of this distro of Linux? sudo apt-get install xmbc does not yield results. Should I compile from source? If I do, will I have the GPU hardware support? Is there a modified version of XMBC that I should compile from? Is there an available binary?

FYI, I'm aware of Raspbmc, but my goal is to do this installation on top of the canonical "Raspbian" distro.


XBMC isn't in the raspbian repos, but someone does maintain a binary package for it.

I'm not sure what you mean by installing "on top of". It's just an application, so this is much like saying, "I'd like to install firefox on top of raspbian". What's it going to be on top of?

  • Forgive my prepositions. Some would think of applications as being a layer on top of the OS. I do not want to reflash my Raspberry Pi. – Ross Rogers Mar 23 '13 at 16:48
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    @RossRogers To get picky ;) the architecture of the system is in layers, yes, so you might refer to "the application layer" as synonymous with userspace, or as part of userspace, or in reference to a specific software stack. You might also say something is "on top of" something in such stack, eg, firefox runs on top of Xorg. However, "raspbian" refers to the system as a whole, so you are actually installing xbmc into raspbian, not on top of it. You might say "into the raspbian userspace" which is on top of the linux OS kernel, but just plain "installing" will do. – goldilocks Mar 23 '13 at 16:58

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