About OSMC (short for Open Source Media Center) and the difference between RaspEX OSMC and OSMC original OSMC is based on Debian and Kodi Media Center. It is an embedded, minimal, self updating Linux distributing which ships a Kodi front-end for a variety of devices. The project was founded by Sam Nazarko in 2014 and is maintained by a group of volunteers in their spare time. OSMC can be downloaded for free for all supported platforms on their official Download page.
So OSMC has no real Linux Desktop. After the boot process and some
configurations are ready you will end up directly in Kodi. Running RaspEX OSMC you will immediately end up at LightDM‘s login page – see below how it will look. From there you can log in to the LXDE Desktop as the ordinary user osmc or as root. Passwords: osmc/root.
As user osmc you can alternatively log in directly to Kodi 18. After
the first boot you should, however, chose to log in to the LXDE Desktop
and use Wicd and/or NetworkManager for configuring your network connection. The big difference between OSMC and RaspEX OSMC is that Kodi 18 Leia is pre-installed in RaspEX OSMC together with some really useful addons (Netflix, Plex and Amazon Video). Those addons need Widevine to run. While you are logged in to the LXDE Desktop you can use Synaptic
Package Manager to install all extra packages you may need. Since
OSMC/RaspEX OSMC is based on Debian you’ll have about 30000 packages to
Kodi 18 in action – see below…
RaspEX OSMC performance RaspEX OSMC is a very fast and responsive Rpi system. Much due to very low memory (RAM) usage. About 100 MB as this screenshot shows. I’ve said that RaspEX LXDE Build 181015 is very fast. RaspEX OSMC is even faster especially if you use the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+
to run it. The video and sound quality is also very very good. Even
while running RaspEX OSMC on big TV screens. I.e. you can really enjoy
Netflix and YouTube running on your Rpi mini computer!
ExTiX 19.1 – Build 181228
I have made a new version of ExTiX – The Ultimate Linux System. I call it ExTiX 19.1 KDE/Kodi Live DVD. (The previous KDE version was 18.6 from 180602). The best thing with ExTiX 19.1 is that while running the system live (from DVD/USB) or from hard drive you can use Refracta Tools
(pre-installed) to create your own live installable Ubuntu system. So
easy that a ten year child can do it! As an alternative to KDE you can
run Kodi 18 Leia.
Just start Kodi like any other program while logged in to the KDE
Desktop as the ordinary user extix. I have enabled a few addons in Kodi.
Most important the Netflix addon.
ExTiX 19.1 KDE DVD 64 bit is based on Debian 9 and Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Gnome. After removing Gnome I have installed KDE Frameworks 5.44.0 with KDE 4.17. KDE Frameworks
are 60 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly
needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries
with friendly licensing terms.
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL about ExTiX and especially the new version from 181228?
1. The ExTiX ISO’s are ISO-hybrids,
which means that they can very easily be transferred (copied) to a USB
pen drive. You can even run ExTiX from the USB stick and save all your
system changes on the stick. I.e. you will enjoy persistence!
2. Another big improvement is that both ExTiX versions can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 4 (load to RAM).
When the system has booted up you can remove the disc (DVD) or USB
stick. You’ll need at least 2 GB RAM to run ExTiX that way. Running from
RAM means that the system will run faster than from DVD or USB stick.
Everything will be superfast I would say!
3. ExTiX KDE is now more stable than ever. All packages have been upgraded to the latest version by 181228.
4. I’ve replaced kernel 4.15.0-23-exton with kernel 4.20.0-exton. Latest by 181228.
5. I have replaced Ubuntu’s installation program Ubiquity (live installer) with Calamares. You can also (still) use Refracta Installer.
They work very well. I.e. a new user (your user) will be created during
the installation process and you’ll get a chance to change root’s
password. Just start any of the installers from the menu under System.
6. The best thing with ExTiX 19.1 is that while running the system live (from DVD/USB) or from hard drive you can use Refracta Tools (pre-installed) to create your own live installable Ubuntu system.
7. As an alternative to KDE you can run Kodi 18 Leia. Just start Kodi like any other program while logged in to the KDE Desktop as the ordinary user extix. I have enabled a few addons in Kodi. Most important the Netflix addon.