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Re: [News] Cross-Platform Application (XBMC) Offers Parity to GNU/Linux

Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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Impressive: The new XBMC Media Center
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| Version 9.04 of the multi-platform XBMC Media Center is released. Codenamed | Babylon, the software comes with massive and in part, impressive changes. `----


Offhand I would say that XBMC is taking a poor approach to cross-platform development, since the Linux version's graphics and GUI generation are separate from the Windows version's. I would guess the Linux-side developers are going to be playing catchup to the Windows side. However, the Linux developers are using SDL and OpenGL, which are cross-platform, while the Windows side seems to be using MS-only tools.

There could be an unusual kind of fork wherein all or part of the Linux side splits off and becomes a cross-platform project that does things right---abstracts away most OS differences by using cross-platform tools where possible---while the Windows side reverts to Windows-only development or hobbles along as a cross-platform project that uses the wrong tools. What is presently the Linux side could take some far-seeing Windows people with it and attract new ones and eventually supplant both Windows-only and Linux-only competitors.



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| If you are looking for a home media Centre, and have had it with figuring out
| MythTV, this is a VERY VERY good alternative to MediaCentre, Myth or
| TVersity. I think the interface is well written. and the software seems to be
| very well supported.


XBMC Running On an Atom-Based MID

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| Someone's got XBMC running on one of those MIDs. This one
| is a Compal Jax10. It runs Linux and is powered by an
| Intel Atom processor clocked at 800Mhz along with
| Intel's GMA500, which is basically a licensed PowerVR SGX GPU.


XBMC Remote Control App Store Application Arrives for Windows, Mac and Linux

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| Check this out this morning. This new iPhone app from the App Store, called
| XBMC Remote, does just that—it lets you control your XBMC from an iPhone or
| iPod Touch. The app is pretty open-minded, too.


XBMC's Linux port lacks impressive features

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| Today, XBMC is still best for people who own an Xbox. If you want a
| full-featured media center for your Linux desktop, consider an application
| like LinuxMCE that has TV tuner support and home automation controls.



XBMC Media Center: Linux port project

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| Currently, a few developers on Team-XBMC have begun the porting of XBMC to
| Linux (and OpenGL using the SDL toolkit). The goal is for this to become a
| full port of XBMC with all the features and functions that are available on
| the Xbox version of XBMC (with the exception of Xbox exclusive functionality
| as Trainers, launching Xbox Games, and such).


XBMC recruiting developers for Linux port

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| The goal is for this to become a full port of XBMC containing all the
| features and functions available in the Xbox version of XBMC. This is a
| huge task which is why we are making this public request, seeking C/C++
| programmers to volunteer in assisting us with this Linux porting
| development project.


Blue Screen of DRM Death; or The Death Of Windows Media Center

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