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PiBox: An Embedded Distribution for the Raspberry Pi. And more!

PiBox provides a build system based on Crosstool-NG, Buildroot/Busybox, the Linux kernel, Rasperry Pi firmware and installation tools to create a base system that can be installed to an SD card to boot a Raspberry Pi. The base system serves as a foundation on which opkg based extensions can be installed.

PiBox Development Platform is the official name of the core build system. It provides the platform on which the following two products are based.

PiBox Media Server is a purpose-specific implementation built on PiBox with a goal of providing a media server that can stream webcam video and as well as video files over SMB. This is accomplished by adding custom opkg installs on the base PiBox development platform. The PiBox Media Server can be used as a node on a network or as a wireless access point. Additionally, PiBox Media Server will include (over time) support for sensor management making it similar to a home monitoring system.

PiBox Media Player is a purpose-specific implementation built on PiBox with a goal of providing a media player based on the hardware accelerated Raspberry Pi omxplayer. The player is intended to integrate with PiBox Media Server over wifi with the server acting as a wireless access point. HDMI-based DLP projectors are used to create a personal Drive In Theater experience.

Status of all projects are available from the News section of the issue tracker

User Documentation

Item Status Description
What is PiBox? Complete Descriptions of the various components and releases associated with PiBox.
Design Complete High level overview of the PiBox system.
PiBox Media Server/Player Architecture Complete Detailed specifications for the PiBox Media Server and PiBox Media Player.
Documentation Complete The PiBox Media Server / Media Player User Guide
Screen Shots and Videos Available V0.11.0 screenshots and videos now available.
Image Releases v0.11.0 Links to downloadable versions of PiBox, ready for installation to an SD card. PiBox is a customizable distribution for purpose specific applications. It's initial target is support of media services for travel trailers without internet connectivity.

Questions or Comments: Michael J. Hammel

Prototypes In Progress The first prototypes.

Developer Documentation

Item Status Description
Developer Overview In progress Overview of the software environment for developers.
Message Flow in media systems In progress Discussion on how messages pass between components of the media system software.
Build Instructions v0.11.0 Instruction on building the PiBox Development Platform for the Raspberry Pi, including links to required source repositories.
Add-on Packages v0.11.0 Description of available add on packages with links to source repositories.
Issue Tracker Built on Redmine Tracks feature requests, bugs, todo items and all other issues for this project.
Forums Open General discussion on PiBox

General Notes

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Research Notes on research related to Working with the Raspberry Pi

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