OpenElec 4.0 released

Afther the release of XBMC 13.0, OpenElec 4.0 has been released as well. OpenElec 4.0 is small and embedded operating system built specifically to run XBMC. Here’s the remark from the OpenElec team:

The team has made a huge effort to make this one of our best releases yet. Since the OpenELEC 3.0 and 3.2.x releases, we have worked hard to improve OpenELEC in a number of areas. Some of these are visible changes, others are backend changes that aren’t as visible to every user but are certainly worth mentioning.

OpenELEC-4.0 is now the next stable release, which is a feature release and the successor of OpenELEC-3.2 and older.

Since OpenELEC 3.2 the underlying OS and the build system have been completely reworked. One aspect of the builds that isn’t visible to most users is the buildsystem; it is one of the most fundamental building blocks for OpenELEC. It provides us the flexibility to support many different build platforms, to be responsive in updating specific packages and to add new features easily.

XBMC 13.0 final

Version 13.0 of the XBMC media center application is now available. New features include better Android support (including hardware video decoding), support for some 3D movie formats, better touchscreen support, better UPnP support, a reworked audio engine, and more.

XBMC 13.0 and 12.3 are coming

A while ago the XBMC 13.0 feature freeze has been anounced. This means no additional features will be added and you could be expecting to see XBMC Beta releases coming out. The XBMC 13.0 release is still scheduled for this year.

In the meantime some additional bugs have been fixed in the 12.x branch. This might indicate an additional 12.3 will be released as well in the future. Be sure to check out the website for the latest news.


Pivos forks XBMC and will release it as Tofu

Interesting stuff here:

Pivos Technology Group, known from the embedded devices, has forked XBMC. The fork will be called TOFU Media Center and initially first support the GameStick device, which will ship later this year. It’s unclear if the TOFU Media Center software will be ported to existing devices, such as the Pivos XIOS DS. To be continued.

XBMC on the Boxee Box

A hacked, named quarnster, is working a xbmc version for the Boxee Box. At this moment only the GUI is working by EGL/GLESv2 rendering, but hardware accelerated video and audio is a work in progress. The only requirement for now is root access. XBMC will be installed side by side next to the Boxee binaries, so limited risk is involved at this stage.

This project sounds very promising and could be a real alternative since Boxee won’t bring out any more updates for the Boxee Box. The project is open source and hopsted on github. Installation instructions can be found here:

New ActiveAE Audio engine just went into XBMC mainline, other interesting stuff, libstagefright, as well!

A few months ago I wrote about a the AudioEngine (AE) for XBMC which support different HD audio formats. Now it’s time to present you another one: ActiveAE. The idea is that ActiveAE uses uses the ffmpeg backend for converting, resampling, remapping Audio. The new AudioEngine had too many issues, that’s why some devs were working on a new audio engine. The new audio engine just went into the XBMC baseline this morning and will be part of XBMC 13 alpha 7.

Another interesting thing that just went in is libstagefright support:

libstagefright offers Android users support for hardware-accelerated audio/video decoding. Good news is that this will be default functionality within XBMC. If something else will be added the next days, I’ll keep you posted!

XBMC on Wayland, part 2

Wayland is new display server protocol which should follow up the old X11 protocol on some day. Wayland should offer more flexibility and better performance.  The good news is that XBMC support for the next-generation of Display Server is on it’s way!

Sam Spilsbury, former Ubuntu employee made a initial port and submitted pull request for Wayland support. Details about the port and Wayland on XBMC are posted on his blog!



XBMCbuntu 13.04 with XBMC Frodo 12.2 (nvidia only)

As requested by some users. Here’s a first image based on Ubuntu 13.04 with XBMC Frodo 12.2. This image is an Nvidia and Intel only. Within 13.04 the AMD drivers are broken. Please use at your own risk!


I also compiled a ubuntu image with the XBMC packages from wsnipex. This version contains many stability improvements as well some performance and framedrop improvements over de generic XBMC version. More details can be found over here:


XBMC 12.2 released

XBMC 12.2 has been released. The following changes were made between XBMC 12.1 and XBMC 12.2.

  • Fixed infinite loop on addon dependencies, resolves crashing problem that arrose immediately post 12.1 launch
  • Numerous UPnP fixes
  • Memory leak fixed when XBMC is minimized
  • Various Raspberry Pi playback fixes and software codec support
  • Fixed OSX audio mixing
  • Fixed some audio-related crashes in Linux builds
  • AirPlay fixes
  • Bluray folder resume-bookmarks now work
  • Ability to scan for new content on file folders has been reimplemented
  • Language updates from Transifex

XBMCbuntu should upgrade by using the “sudo apt-get update” command followed by “sudo apt-get upgrade”.

XBMC 12.2, FFmpeg 1.2 and Dirty regions for fullscreen video

Here’s a short update on what’s going on at this moment within the XBMC scene. XBMC 12.2 pre-testing has been started a fey days a ago. 12.2 will feature a even more stable XBMC Frodo. More info here:

Within the development branch (XBMC 13) some interesting things are happening. Support for FFmpeg 1.2 has been merged lately which gives XBMC support for even more codecs and so on. Another major improvement is also in queue to enable Dirty regions rendering for fullscreen video. Dirty regions is now only playing part withing the menu section of XBMC. Dirty regions supprt for fullscreen video should improve the performance quite a lot. The developer FernetMenta, who created this new freature, is also working on XVBA (AMD Fusion) rendering support for XBMC 13. Hopefully this will enter the XBMC mainline also real soon.

OpenELEC 3.0.0

OpenElec 3.0.0 has been released. OpenElec is a very small Linux system built around XBMC. Version 3.0.0 features XBMC 12.1 along many other improvements. Here’s a summary:

OpenELEC 3.0.0 incorporates XBMC 12.1 with support for NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel solutions, along with a dedicated Raspberry Pi build. In addition to XBMC 12.1 and the Raspberry Pi port, 3.0.0 brings stable AMD XVBA video decoding, along with many other stability improvements and other improvements across the entire platform.

For more information or to update your copy, feel free to visit the OpenELEC 3.0.0 announcement page.

XBMC 12.1

As expected, XBMC 12.1 has been released with many bugfixes. This is a complete list:

  • XBMC now supports using OSX’s default output device for audio as well as hardware decoding with Intel GPUs in OSX
  • XBMC no longer hogs audio for Linux and on resume audio will continue to work in Linux
  • Full iPhone 5 resolution is now enabled
  • Volume buttons on Android devices now control Android volume, rather than XBMC volume
  • Volume buttons on OSX devices once again control OSX volume, rather than XBMC volume
  • Player optimization on the Raspberry Pi, including more efficient playback, better subtitle support, and many crash fixes
  • iOS 6 support on the AppleTV 2.
  • XBMC does not crash when listed on the AppleTV top shelf
  • Added support for additional Xbox 360 controller types
  • Broader and more intelligent support for CEC devices
  • Fixed problems with several addons due to broken binary read/write in our python interface
  • Language fixes, including 7 new languages: Albanian, Burmese, Malay, Persian (Iran), Tamil (India), Uzbek, Vietnamese
  • AirPlay fixes, including making discovery of XBMC more reliable on OSX
  • Numerous crashing and stability fixes across all platforms

For more information follow this link:

First XBMC Frodo 12.1 test package released

A first Frodo 12.1 test package has been released. This test version features many AudioEngine related changes and bugfixes. Please post your results here:

XBMC running on the Ouya

Here’s an interesting video from one of the team-XBMC members who has ported XBMC to the Ouya. The Ouya is a $99 gaming console, powered by Android, which will be released later this year. Here’s the video:

XBMC ported to Wayland

Here’s an interesting blogpost about someone that has ported XBMC to Wayland. Wayland is a lightweight displaymanager suposed to follow up the X display manager. The source code is also available for people who would like to test. More info below: