Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, XBMC was 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.
- Reworked add-on manger that should give a better overview
- Chapter selection window that shows thumbs on where to skip to in the video
- Easier to navigate audio and subtitle selection list
- Addition of language add-ons which allow us to update the User-Interface text outside of regular releases
- Expansion of international options like time and date format, temperature and speed units.
- Skip steps (step forward & backwards) improvements.
- Tuxbox removal. Users of Enigma2 boxes can use the VUPlus PVR add-on
- Split PVR add-ons into separate projects which should allow updates through repo in the future
- Fix season art scraping on newly added seasons
- Immediately fetch updates from repository after Kodi version upgrade
- Improvement of installing new skins selection
- Remove legacy code pre-Frodo 11.0
- Add jump to first unwatched in TV section
- Remove certain codecs from our core code and made add-ons out of them. Audio encoders/decoders
- Removal of AFP filesystem support
- Added adaptive seeking through audio and video playback, also know as “skip steps”
- Android HEVC H.265 support for some chipsets
- Improve webserver caching control
- External subtitles over UPnP can be enabled through the settings section
- Allow scanning of new sources and marking as watched during other library operations such as “update library”
- Allow different sort orders for different sort methods
- Start of integration binary add-ons and changing the build system around it
- Improved CC (Closed Captions) support for Live TV
- Ffmpeg 2.6.2 update
- Removal remaining SDL code which was used in some areas.
- Changed code to C++11
- Variety of memleaks, segfaults, crashes and minor issues fixed
- Rescrape season art for newly added seasons
- Upgrade included webserver which should fix issues with remotes loosing connections
- On Android the system now handles the volume
- General improvements regarding code stability and performance in all areas
- General code clean-up in all areas to simplify adding future features
In this article I will show you how to install Kodi 15.0 “Isengard” Beta 1 on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, 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 and other Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 12.04 derivative systems.
Because it is available via PPA, installing Kodi 15.0 “Isengard” Beta 1 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, 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 kodi
Also, to install the encode addon, do:
$ sudo apt-get install kodi-audioencoder-* kodi-pvr-*
Optional, to remove kodi, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove kodi*