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, and Windows. Created in 2003 by a group of like minded programmers, XBMC is a non-profit project run and developed by volunteers located around the world. More than 50 software developers have contributed to XBMC, and 100-plus translators have worked to expand its reach, making it available in more than 30 languages.
While XBMC functions very well as a standard media player application for your computer, it has been designed to be the perfect companion for your HTPC. 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, your computer will become a fully functional multimedia jukebox.
Everything. In this case even a special, not yet officially supported PersonalVideoRecorder [Live TV] branch of XBMC - "Margos PVR windows builds" (http://www.scintilla.utwente.nl/~marcelg/xbmc/prebuild.html), which are builds that are based on the official Eden sources from Team XBMC merged with snapshots from the current PVR development tree - was successfully tested !
Since XBMC uses pixelshaders and makes extensive use of directX functions for video playing the picture quality is not as good as with native builds. XBMC with Wine seems to be more stable than the linux native build btw.
What does not
What was not tested
Since XBMC could be enhanced with a lot of third party plugins not everything could be tested. LiveTV, Youtube plugin and standard functions were successfully tested.
Requires at least d3d9x_43.dll. Has to be downloaded and copied manually to system32. Winetricks d3dx9 didn't work.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 01 2012||1.5.0||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|