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Install XBMC Media Center on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx 09/05/2010

Posted by dared in Guides.

XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, Windows, and the original Xbox.

While XBMC functions very well as a standard media player application for your computer, it has been designed to be the perfect companion for you. Supporting an almost endless range of remote controls, and combined with its beautiful interface and powerful skinning engine, XBMC feels very natural to use from the couch and is the ideal solution for your home theater.

Currently XBMC can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available. Use your media as-is: XBMC can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, almost all popular archive formats from your hard drive, and even files inside ZIP and RAR archives. It will even scan all of your media and automatically create a personalized library complete with box covers, descriptions, and fanart. There are playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast feature and many audio visualizations. Once installed
Installation of XBMC in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

To install XBMC in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, open terminal and  copy the commands bellow :

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



1. muyiscoi - 09/05/2010

weekends seem to be a slow time for ubuntu nigeria. anyway, nice post. i tried out xbmc a while ago and although i was impressed, it refused to go full screen on my computer n coupled with the fact that i wasnt going to use any of the advanced features it had to ofer, at the time, using it as just a movie player when there are much more better suited options such as vlc wasnt really apealing. i’m considering building a desktop PC n making it a media / data server. if i eventually get the time / money / talk myself into doing it, i will see how best suited xbmc is for that. do you have any thoughts on that?

2. DrLuv - 09/06/2010

LinuxMCE, which is based on Kubuntu (www.linuxmce.com) is definitely a project to watch out for. I downloaded a copy of it awhile back but couldn’t get to explore it well because I didn’t have a TV-Card to test with. However, from the videos I’ve seen and the feature list, I’m sure I will be using it very soon. I’m especially fascinated with the idea of integrating it with my Asterisk PBX for on-screen call screening. I will write a review when I’ve completed my implementation.

3. muyiscoi - 09/06/2010

great. looking forward 2 dat

4. passerby - 12/14/2010

@muyiscoi, to get XBMC to go full-screen, press the “\” key. It’s setup to work with TV remotes, so the mapping on a keyboard is a little funky.

5. muyiscoi - 12/14/2010

@passervy thanks for the info. I have since switched over to boxee though. Its based on XBMC but features some improvements. Overall, i like it alot but it seems to lag a bit on my computer while on Ubuntu.

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