Application : XBMC

What it is: XBMC Media Center (formerly named Xbox Media Center) is a
cross-platform free and open source media player and home
entertainment system software with a 10-foot user interface design for
the living-room TV. The graphical user interface framework allows the
user to easily manage video, photos, podcasts, and music from a
computer, optical disk, local network, and the internet using a remote

XBMC Features:

1. Audio/video playback and handling
2. Format support
3. Video playback in detail
3.1 Video Library
4 Audio playback in detail
4.1 Music Library
5 Digital picture/image display in detail
6 Python scripts (widgets/gadgets) plugins
7 Dashboard function (game/application launcher)
8 Language support
9 Skins and skinning-engine
9.1 User Interface Screenshots from XBMC
10 Xbox specific features and functions
10.1 XBMC Trainer Support (game cheats mods)
10.2 XLink Kai (Xbox Live online-gaming alternative)

Install XBMC:

Installing XBMC Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic or higher

If you are using Ubuntu 9.10, you have the option of a more
streamlined install. Load the terminal window and issue the following
(The $ is a standard substitute for your terminal prompt):

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install xbmc
$ sudo apt-get update

You do not need to add the XBMC Repo nor the PPA Keys. XBMC is already

Adding the XBMC Repo:

Adding the XBMC Repo tells your system where to look for xbmc for
installation and future updates

* From the Desktop, click System -> Administration -> Software Sources.
* Click the “Third Party Sofware” tab.
* Click “Add” for each of the following. For the Apt line type the
following, substituting “jaunty” for your version:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

* Click “Close”. If you see a GPG Error upon closing the window,
not to worry. That will be handled in the next step.

Adding PPA Keys

These packages are signed with a unique key for added security.
Synaptic needs to know this key in order to verify the packages’

* Click here to view the PGP key
* Select the text from the beginning of the keyblock to the end
(including those lines)
* Copy that text to the clipboard (Edit -> Copy)
* Open your text editor from Applications -> Text Editor.
* Paste the key contents (Edit -> Paste)
* Save the document in your home folder as xbmc-ppa.key
* Reopen Software Sources, this time choosing the “Authentication” tab.
* Click “Import Key File” and choose the newly created
xbmc-ppa.key and press OK.

If you wish to import the key via terminal, use enter the following:
sudo apt-key add xbmc-ppa.key

Installing XBMC

Now that the repo and key have been added, install XBMC like any other program.

* Click System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
* Click “Reload”
* Search for “xbmc”
* Mark xbmc and xbmc-standalone for installation and mark
additional changes when prompted.
* Click “Apply” and agree to the changes after reading them.

XBMC is now installed and ready for use.

Autostart XBMC (optional)

By following these instructions, your system will boot directly into
XBMC rather than your desktop from now on. It is advised that you
delay this step until XBMC is setup as you’d like it.

* From the desktop click System -> Administration -> Login Window
* From the “Security” tab choose “Enable Automatic Login” and
select your username.
* Click “OK” to exit.
* Logout of your system.
* From the Login screen choose “Select Session”
* Choose “XBMC” and click “Change Session”

You’re finished. Next time you login you should be greeted with XBMC.


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