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Old 26-08-2009
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How to install XBMC for Linux on Ubuntu
  

One of my friend having Ubuntu has installed XBMC on his laptop. Now watching Videos on his PC is really interesting. So i also wanted to install XBMC on my Ubuntu desktop. Could you guys please make me know how to install XBMC for Linux on Ubuntu ? Thanks in advance for all your kindness ?

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Re: How to install XBMC for Linux on Ubuntu

Here is the step by step guide of installing XBMC for Linux on Ubuntu, just go through this:-
  • Adding the XBMC Repo
    • From the Desktop, click System -> Administration -> Software Sources.
    • Click the "Third Party Sofware" tab.
    • Click "Add". For the Apt line type the following, substituting "jaunty" for your version:
    • Click "Close". If you see a GPG Error upon closing the window, not to worry. That will be handled in the next step.

  • Adding PPA Keys
    • Click here to view the PGP key
    • Select the text from the beginning of the keyblock to the end (including those lines)
    • Copy that text to the clipboard (Edit -> Copy)
    • Open your text editor from Applications -> Text Editor.
    • Paste the key contents (Edit -> Paste)
    • Save the document in your home folder as xbmc-ppa.key
    • Reopen Software Sources, this time choosing the "Authentication" tab.
    • Click "Import Key File" and choose the newly created xbmc-ppa.key and press OK.

  • Installing XBMC

    Now that the repo and key have been added, install XBMC like any other program.
    • Click System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
    • Click "Reload"
    • Search for "xbmc"
    • Mark xbmc and xbmc-standalone for installation and mark additional changes when prompted.
    • Click "Apply" and agree to the changes after reading them.
    XBMC is now installed and ready for use.
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Re: How to install XBMC for Linux on Ubuntu

By following these instructions, your system will boot directly into XBMC rather than your desktop from now on. It is advised that you delay this step until XBMC is setup as you'd like it.
  1. From the desktop click System -> Administration -> Login Window
  2. From the "Security" tab choose "Enable Automatic Login" and select your username.
  3. Click "OK" to exit.
  4. Logout of your system.
  5. From the Login screen choose "Select Session"
  6. Choose "XBMC" and click "Change Session"

Thats it !! Next time you login you should be greeted with XBMC.
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Re: How to install XBMC for Linux on Ubuntu

Hey thanks for sharing this useful info. I really found this interesting.

Now as i am also a Ubuntu user, i would like to have this XBMC on my system but before that could anyone of you please make me know what exactly is XBMC and what are its uses ? Help apprecited.
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Re: How to install XBMC for Linux on Ubuntu

XBMC stands for Xbox Media Center and is a free, open source multimedia player that runs on the first-generation Microsoft Xbox, (not the newer Xbox 360), as well as on computers running Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.It can be used to play/view the most popular video, audio, and picture formats, and many more lesser-known formats, including:
  • Video - DVD-Video, VCD/SVCD, MPEG-1/2/4, DivX, XviD, Matroska
  • Audio - MP3, AAC.
  • Picture - JPG, GIF, PNG.
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Re: How to install XBMC for Linux on Ubuntu

XBMC can also play multimedia from a computer over a local network (LAN), or play media streams directly from the Internet.
  1. XBMC can play DVD-Video movies (with and without menus) from ISO/IMG images and even ZIP/RAR-archives.
  2. XBMC has playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast feature and many audio visualizations.
  3. XBMC can in addition run python-scripts written for XBMC as plugin widgets.
  4. XBMC has a simple user interface that's pleasant and easy to use.
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