Downloaded the Lite version of the new Noob 1.3 raspberry pi image.
Things i like: Super fast download and super fast copy to SD card. Basically your just getting the NOOB software and NO images. So if you didn’t want to use the raw image or you like the NOOB bootup options but you only want ONE iso type, this is a nice way to go and is probably faster than the full NOOB download. The multiboot options is super nice too. I haven’t checked to see how much space it gives each os, but as the video below shows it JUST WORKS. So instead of swapping out a bunch of SD cards to try different setups you can have one big card and just choose what you want. Really great. Also, you will obviously always have the most up to date ISO.
What i didnt like: Really really long time to download and install. No way to choose from where you are getting images when you download. I think if speed in setting up is important to you, using lite is NOT the way to go. Your basically trading time for convenience.
Overall i like the new setup and will probably use it from now on mainly as I will no longer have to keep track of and download the most recent images.
I was interested to see if the Raspberry PI Model A board could run XBMC. From looking at the RAM and CPU specifications you may wonder why i am interested in this at all. People have been running XBMC on the previous board which only had 256 megs of ram, so of course it will run. The issue isn’t a ram or cpu issue. It’s the fact that there is not any LAN connections and it only has one usb port. Seeing as i do not have a powered usb hub i could either have a usb keyboard or a wi-fi adapter. Not both.
The solution i came up with was to get it fully setup on the B board and than just move the SD card over.
After installing raspbmc, I attempted to install wicd-curses, which failed repeatedly. I then tried installing the Edimax drivers manually, with almost the exact same issues as wicd-curses. After a little bit of research I found a post that mentioned that openlec has the wifi settings built into the os. So after rebooting to NOOB and copying openlec over I was able to get wi-fi running.
The last step was to make sure i could remotely control XBMC from my iPhone app.
After that it really was as simple as just moving the sd card over the model A and turning it on. Aside from a very slightly increased delay in remote button press to activation, it works really really well.
Only issue is if the wi-fi settings change you lose your remote control to change settings.