Thursday, September 18, 2008

XBMC Media Center Releases New Beta - Cross Platform

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The Open Source, Home Theater PC platform XBMC Media Center has released their ‘Atlantis” Beta 1 today.  The biggest new feature is the cross platform support for Linux, Mac OS X (Leopard & Tiger), Windows and XBox.
A few of the new features included in this beta release:
  • Cross platform support for Linux, Mac OS X (Leopard & Tiger), Windows and XBox
  • New default skin “PM3.HD”, a high-definition tribute to Project Mayhem III for non-XBox users.
  • XBMC Live – a bootable CD which gives users the opportunity to try XBMC on their computer, without touching their computers hard drive. In addition, XBMC Live allows installation of XBMC, complete with an operating system, onto a USB flash memory sticks for a permanent, fast booting, dedicated set-top-box style installation of XBMC. XBMC Live is designed to support Microsoft’s MCE Remote and USB receiver out-of-the-box.
  • XBMC for Mac release now has initial support for integrating iTunes and iPhoto media into XBMC
Note that this is a non-TV tuner front-end for the moment so the focus thus far for XBMC is for movies, music etc.  XBMC has some of the more impressive skins that I’ve seen.  Here's a few to get you started, but you can browse a nice collection of the skins here.
The beta is scheduled for final release in October 2008.
Read more about this XBMC Release at the XBMC Blog

via MissingRemote