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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

Project Tracking

Item Status Description
What is PiBox? v0.10.0 Descriptions of the various components and releases associated with PiBox.
Design In development High level overview of the PiBox system.
PiBox Development Platform Architecture? In development Detailed specifications for the PiBox Development Platform.
PiBox Media Server/Player Architecture? In development Detailed specifications for the PiBox Media Server and PiBox Media Player.
Documentation? In development Developer and End User.
Build Instructions v0.10.0 Instruction on building the PiBox Development Platform for the Raspberry Pi, including links to required source repositories.
Image Releases v0.10.0 Links to downloadable versions of PiBox, ready for installation to an SD card.
Add-on Packages v0.10.0 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. 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

Screen Shots and Videos N/A V0.10 screenshots and videos now available.
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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