Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, XBMC is a famous open source media hub and home theater PC, being translated in more than 30 languages. Also, its features can be highly extended via third party plugins and extensions and has support for PVR (personal video recorder).
Starting with XBMC 14, the open-source software will be renamed to Kodi Entertainment Center, Kodi 14 being the first release.
Yesterday, the developers have made available Kodi 14.0 “Helix” Alpha 3, which comes with an international keyboard layout for the virtual keyboard, changes for the VP9 video codec to support multi-threading, auto updating of add-ons and 5.1 PCM playback for Android. For now, the developers are focusing a lot of making Kodi stable, and not implementing new features.
In this article I will show you how to install Kodi 14.0 “Helix” Alpha 3 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0 and other Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 12.04 derivative systems.
Because it is available via the XBMC Nightly PPA, installing Kodi 14.0 “Helix” Alpha 3 on Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivative system is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the xbmc package. Like this:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install xbmc
Optional, to remove kodi, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove xbmc