Finally I decided for purchasing a Raspberry Pi. The plan (which works quite well so far) is to use it as a general purpose home server, in particular as a file server and a media server running the Kodi media center. After a long phase of research I settled for the following equipment:

  • Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
  • 8 GB MicroSD Card Bundle
  • 5V 2A Ultra HQ USB Power Supply & Cable (EU)
  • Rainbow PiBow Raspberry Pi Case - Model B+ & 2

The assembly of the PiBow case was pretty easy. The SD card came prepared with NOOBS and I initially decided for the Raspbian distribution. The installation was straight-forward and after just a few minutes I had a working Raspbian system on my Pi. As I mentioned above, one of the purposes of the system is to act as a Kodi-based media server. Thus I installed (the recent version of) Kodi from the Debian package repositories – this was a very disappointing experience. I don’t know what exactly went wrong there, but this Kodi package was unusable. It was unstable and I couldn’t get my media files played back reliably. Also I could neither get the Youtube add-on, nor certain media center addons running. At some point I should try to reproduce this with a clean SD card and then write appropriate bug reports if the problem persists.

After a few tries I decided for replacing the Raspbian system with OSMC. After the very smooth installation was finished, I was very happy to see that the included Kodi version actually worked. I could play my files, it seemed stable and I got used to its interface rather quickly. Updating the system with apt-get worked as expected.

After connecting the Raspberry and its external harddisk to the same multi-plug power connect with a switch-off button I noticed some boot up problems, though: The external harddisk is supposed to be mounted at boot time via /etc/fstab and about every second boot the external harddisk could not be mounted during boot up. FIXME: Picture!

After adding … to /boot/FIXME, the problem seems to have vanished, though.