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XBMC 11.0 Eden final arrives with AirPlay, Apple TV and iOS

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Sun March 25, 2012

XBMC 11 Eden gets long-awaited modernized UI

The XBMC team has posted a finished version of its comprehensive 11.0 Eden update. The version is the first fully updated version to simultaneously reach both desktop platforms as well as jailbreak-based implementations on the second-generation Apple TV and iOS. Every platform now lets an XBMC device serve as an AirPlay target for video and more.

The stock interface, Confluence, has received its own major rework with both basic speed updates as well as a simpler library view, new networking support, and a new weather service, among general improvements. Linux users running XBMCbuntu now get a fuller experience with a real LXDE desktop underneath; this adds the Chromium browser with Flash support as well as typical desktop apps and the option of a real dual-boot between XBMC and a regular desktop.

Both XBMCbuntu and regular Linux installs now have AMD-based hardware video decoding.

The desktop Linux, Mac, and Windows versions are conventional installers and don't require special privileges. Apple TV and iOS users by definition will void their warranties as long as the jailbreak is active.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Grendelmon

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Dec 2007

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    Huh?

    ...now have AMD-based hardware video decoding.

    I don't understand what that means... 64-bit support for decoding or what?

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    Re: Huh?

    I don't understand what that means... 64-bit support for decoding or what?

    Um, isn't it something as simple as supporting hardware decoding (that is, let the video hardware decode it directly, rather than have the CPU/software do the job, then throw it at the video card) of the video on AMD-based hardware?

  1. Grendelmon

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Dec 2007

    0

    Shrugs

    Looked at their wiki; it's the XvMC for X windows. I haven't been following XBMC very closely (besides using Plex) so I had no idea this was even an issue in Linux using AMD/ATI hardware. Oh well.

    http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=Hardware_Accelerated_Video_Decoding_Developement#ATI.2FAMD

  1. dogzilla

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    Joined: Sep 1999

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    DRM?

    So does this (or any other third-party software) play movies purchased from the Apple Store? I have a large collection of ripped movies, but I also have a collection of purchased movies. So far, the only thing that plays them is FrontRow. Would like to have an updated interface, but nothing I've seen yet gives me access to my iTunes content. Seems like it might be useful to include that info in the review.

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