Originally Posted by Rooney10
Thinking of getting a RPi. My main use case would be to have it connected to a TV 24/7, so I could watch YouTube, videos online, etc. rather than shunting my laptop all over the house with its 40 minute battery.
To do this, I guess I'd need a wireless dongle, a usb hub, wireless mouse & keyboard & flash player all working ok.
I've done a bit of googling, and it looks like all this is possible, but some wireless dongles aren't supported.
I guess, could someone confirm that this is all possible? And also, do you have any OS recommendations? I know my way around Fedora, etc. Is the Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix decent? Or am I better off going with something else? Not got much experience with ARM based systems.
I'm doing that with raspbmc. I just have the pi connected via ethernet (my TV is beside the router) and a usb hard drive with some films on it. Using my laptop or phone as a remote most of the time, although I was using the Rii mini keyboard for a while until my brother took it back. Vodie, youtube, 4oD, icefilms and watchseries all work perfect for me. Since RC4 I've seen no stuttering. If you've got a compatible (Lib-cec) hdmi tv, you can use your tv remote to control the pi through the hdmi cable with a little playing around with the remote.xml file.
There's a few other distros around, (Openelc etc) but raspbmc was the smoothest for me.
But if you're picking up a usb hub and a usb wifi dongle make sure they are supported, I've a hub that shuts off my ethernet and tries to feed power back into the pi.