Category: Frodo

XBMC 12.2 – No Homerun Fix Yet…But coming in XBMC 13

In case anyone was curious if the recent update to XBMC 12 fixed the upnp streaming problem introduced in XBMC 12.1, I have to report that it unfortunately did not fix it.  The item appears to be on track for getting fixed in XBMC 13 though, as can be seen on this bugfix ticket: http://trac.xbmc.org/ticket/14204

Upgrading XBMCbuntu from 12.0 to 12.1 without reloading

UPDATE – My video guide is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TusVGE702rw

I just saw that XBMC 12.1 was released today.  While I do not necessarily use all the features they improved, I wanted to give the new Audio DB plugin a try so I decided to upgrade.

I went from 12.0 to 12.1 by upgrading over the Internet instead of doing a fresh install.  The guys at XBMC.org have posted a guide on their wiki, however, after following it, I got a Linux login screen instead of XBMC.  Turns out their wiki instructions are missing a command.

Here’s what you gotta do to upgrade:  If you are doing this remotely (via ssh) look up the IP address of the computer you are connecting to (you can do this under system -> hardware), or go to the a VTY by hitting CTRL+ALT+F1 on your keyboard.

Once you are at the command line I used these commands to upgrade:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install xbmc xbmc.bin
sudo reboot

You may be asked if you want to continue, or install/upgrade packages.  If you are asked, either hit enter to continue or Y to continue depending on the prompt.

Once you reboot, cross your fingers and your toes, and you should be able to get right back into XBMC.  If you got a login screen after following the steps on the official wiki article, go back to a command prompt and also run “sudo apt-get upgrade” then reboot.

I did a quick take, and 12.1 can work with 12.0 using the same MySQL backend, and the YouTube plugin works as well.  I did not have a chance to test much else!

Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions!

P.S. If you are interested in what 12.1 fixes, read the official brief here: http://xbmc.org/natethomas/2013/03/18/xbmc-12-1-now-even-better/

XBMC 12 “Frodo” Is Out!!!

The guys over at XBMC.org have officially released XBMC 12 – Frodo.  Here is a list of the new features:

  • HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, via the new XBMC AudioEngine (OSX/iOS not yet available)
  • Live TV and PVR support
  • h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P) video software decoding for anime
  • 64bit support in OSX to match the 64bit support in Linux
  • Improved image support, allowing the database to accomodate numerous additional image types and more interesting and complex skins
  • Support for the Raspberry PI
  • Initial support for the Android platform
  • Improved AirPlay support across all platforms, including AirPlay audio in XBMC for Windows to match the other platforms
  • Improved controller support in Windows and Linux
  • Advanced Filtering in the library
  • Video library tags to complement movie sets
  • Advanced UPnP sharing
  • Default video languages now match the language being used by XBMC
  • Translations now powered by Transifex

Currently, XBMCbuntu is not yet available in v12, but should be out shortly.  I will go ahead and upgrade one of my boxes in the next couple of days and give you an idea how it worked!   Stay tuned.