The Cubox Has Landed

Finally (and thanks to some nice people in Graz who resent a misaddressed package -- thanks guys!) my Cubox has arrived! It really is a cute little box:


The Cubox is a nice little ARM-based computer, capable of running Linux and decoding HD content. It sports HDMI and SPDIF outputs, and boots from an internal SD-card. It has minimal power requirements (3 Watts when streaming, <1W in standby) and is real quiet, as in, you don't hear it at all. It has no internal storage but can mount USB drives, and, even more importantly, networked drives.

I intend to replace my ageing media center PC with this. It did it's job, but was relatively noisy and drew a lot more power (ie. I always turned it off when done and had to accomodate the boot time).

Installing XBMC was quite straightforward thanks to the Wiki. I still need to set up the SPDIF stuff, and also need a TOSLink cable (I'm usually not into high end audio but I hope to combat some hum I get when using regular cabling to the amp).


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