If you have wondered about how low the price can go on the computers then look no further than Raspberry Pi. It is the cheapest computer with Linux on it. It boasts of a USB, HDMI and an internet connection via Ethernet. It is so small that it can fit the dimensions of a credit card. Community has been active recently to find uses for this cheapest computer in the market. One of the best uses out there is of a Media Center. If you are a “do it yourself” type of person then this might be a good project. This does not require much computer knowledge, just the basics of copying, installation wiring Ethernet and USB will do the job
How to convert the cheapest computer to cheapest Media Center
Lets look at the options for converting the Raspberry Pi to a Media Center or HTPC (Home Theater PC). There are multiple software distributions to help you do just that. Lets look at them one by one.
Raspbmc is the easiest and fastest option to get your Raspberry Pi converted into cheapest media center quickly. The installation is completed in hardly 3-4 steps and it does not require any other application on your PC. It can be downloaded and installed from here.
Rasplex maybe slightly more complicated in terms of understanding the technical details. It also requires installation of Plex software on your PC to get this working. This however has a better user interface than Raspbmc. It can be downloaded and installed from here.
Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC) is very small Linux distribution built from ground up as a platform to turn your computer into a media center. It provide latest builds for many different machines including the Raspberry Pi. OpenELEC is designed to make your system boot fast, and the install is so easy that anyone can turn a blank PC into a media machine in less than 15 minutes and since its designed for one specific reason only, it runs much better. It can be downloaded and installed from here.