Good news for all the Debian users around us. XBMC has been accepted into Debian. This means Debian users are now able to install XBMC without the need to add any additional repository.
There are a couple of notable differences between the Ubuntu packages and Debian packages.
- decss support (encrypted dvd playback) is disabled unless libdvdcss2 has been installed from a third-party repo.
- libav is used rather than ffmpeg, as Debian unstable has gone this direction.
- AFP (Apple File Protocol) support is currently disabled due to packaging issues.
- rar support is disabled due to Debian policy, which we hope to resolve soon by switching to libarchive, which Andres is personally working on as well. The guy is a unstoppable!
More information can be found on: http://xbmc.org/theuni/2012/04/10/xbmc-accepted-into-debian/
btw; Is there any interest in a Debian livecd with the debian installer?