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Bean
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 12:59 am    Post subject: XBMC For Non-Xbox (Media Centre) Reply with quote

Many of you have used the XBMC software on your original Xbox 1 and found it to be an excellent media centre.

You may not be aware that there is currently a push to convert this so it will run on a Linux box. You are even less likely to be aware that it also has builds available for the Windows and the Mac OS X platforms as well.

Having installed the Mac version so far, I have to say that I am really very impressed. It is alpha software but already looks just like the Xbox version and does seem to just work. It plays 720p video flawlessly and the limited 1080p collection I have seems to be okay. Very impressive.

Give it a go.

http://xbmc.org/

Linux - http://xbmc.org/wiki/?title=Linux_port_project

Mac - http://www.osxbmc.com/

Windows - http://xbmc.org/wiki/?title=XBMC_for_Windows_specific_FAQ


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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may also want to take a look at MediaPortal - apparently some of the original XBMC devs are doing this (Windows only)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaPortal

http://www.team-mediaportal.com/
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I'd add my two-penneth here, as I am a current user of both (XBMC on a Linux-based media box in the bedroom, MediaPortal on a Windows-based box in the lounge).

XBMC runs great on Linux ... very stable, some good-looking skins and extremely configurable, highly recommended. I'd be using it on my Windows box too, except that the Windows version is nowhere near as mature and is missing what are (for me) some essential features, such as remote control support, smb network mapping etc.

I'm therefore using MediaPortal as a 'stop-gap' on Windows, and I've been impressed with that too. It looks very polished now, is stable, and has a great TV show plug-in (I think called MP-TV Series). Not as configurable as XBMC, but I personally prefer it to the built-in Vista Media Center software.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What Linux Distro are you runnning on?

Is it a simple package installer or an xcopy or does it takes a fair bit of manual work to get it running?
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using Ubuntu 7.10, otherwise known as 'Gutsy Gibbon' I think. I just downloaded the installation ISO, it was a breeze (and needed to be, I am no Linux expert !). The latest version (8.04) is available here;

http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

The only 'manual work' as such was;

1) Graphics card drivers, Ubuntu didn't have correct ones included in the installation package, I had to manually install them via the Ubuntu package manager

2) I manually installed something called Lirc to enable remote control support in XBMC

3) Manually configured Xconf.org for monitor resolution support, as the auto-detect seemed patchy at best and defaulted to 800x600 on my HD-Ready LCD !

Also I don't know if it's important to you but I couldn't get my wireless network card to work (Ubuntu didn't like the Broadcom chipset it uses), so I ended up running a Cat6 cable upstairs. Overall though, fairly pain free ... I was impressed, as it was my first attempt with a non-Windows OS. There's also loads of community support available via the Ubuntu forums etc.
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