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This is soft of a continuation of my old Plex vs Boxee post.

See also Raspberry Pi XBMC

So here I am. Issues with Plex, Boxee going away, trying XBMC. Here I will document my issues and solutions.

Hardware

Installation

SOLUTION: None required

Initial configuration

SOLUTION: None required

Interface and Usability

It just isn't nice to use. It is not intuitive. I find my self using my laptop to google how to do things constantly, and I find other people all asking the same questions. To be fair I suspect that a lot of this is to do with the skin - but I am using the default skin.

You can see where you want to get on the page but you just can't get their. I still can't figure out when I get a text box like rename how to move around. Arrow keys, backspace, escape they all just stay where you enter text. Other boxes to get to the bottom you counter intuitively press left arrow from the top entry.

SOLUTION: TODO - try out some other skins.

Kids

My kids (2 and 5) have no problem with Boxee. They made the switch to Plex without an issue, and easily navigate. XBMC is presenting a couple of problems though.

SOLUTION: TODO - look at how to create folders of shortcuts, e.g. to their kids folders and even directly to the kids ABC folders. Also contact the developer and see if I could make some changes.

Can't connect to server

Even though I use a SMB share locally managed, not through XBMC, I keep getting a "Can't connect to server" pop up right over the top of the movie I am watching. Probably something to do with the database lookups (title matching etc).

SOLUTION: Unknown

File / Directory performance

Each time I click on a directory in File view I have a long wait. Yes sometimes my file server can be slow, but this is never an issue for Boxee or Plex.

SOLUTION: Unknown

Next ...

I am just getting started... more to come.

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