XBMC in Debian Wheezy

When I learned of this, I scanned the release for packages:
“apt-cache search xbmc

xbmc – XBMC Media Center (arch-independent data package)
xbmc-bin – XBMC Media Center (binary data package)
xbmc-data – XBMC Media Center (transitional package)
xbmc-eventclients-common – XBMC Media Center (Event Client Common package)
xbmc-eventclients-dev – XBMC Media Center (Event Client Dev package)
xbmc-eventclients-j2me – XBMC Media Center (Event Client J2ME package)
xbmc-eventclients-ps3 – XBMC Media Center (Event Client PS3 package)
xbmc-eventclients-wiiremote – XBMC Media Center (Event Client WII Remote support package)
xbmc-eventclients-xbmc-send – XBMC Media Center (Event Client XBMC-SEND package)
xbmc-live – XBMC Media Center (XBMC Live package)
xbmc-skin-confluence – XBMC Media Center (transitional package)
xbmc-standalone – XBMC Media Center (transitional package)”

It’s a bit complicated, but detailed steps are listed here. The tricky part is not the multimedia but the IR receiver and programming the remote control. We have this on two machines here with Ubuntu GNU/Linux. My son configured them. It’s the “VCR” of the 21st century…

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9 Responses to XBMC in Debian Wheezy

  1. Viktor wrote, “This sentence alone shows that you don’t have a clue. The registry is not an issue today and hasn’t been one for the longest time now.”

    see what M$ says

    “You can restore your registry files manually to an earlier point by going through the steps outlined below. The process is involved and requires some careful typing. Ask a computer-savvy friend to assist you if you lack experience in this area.”

  2. kozmcrae says:

    Viktor wrote:

    “This sentence alone shows that you don’t have a clue. The registry is not an issue today and hasn’t been one for the longest time now.”

    So you agree with all the other points I made then. Good. You’re making progress. The “double click” method of software installation on Microsoft’s Windows OS fails miserably when compared to the GNU/Linux package manager system.

  3. Viktor says:

    And lastly, all that installing and removing of software on your Windows OS gums up the Registry which puts a drag on the system. There is no such penalty on GNU/Linux.

    Blah, blah, blah.

    This sentence alone shows that you don’t have a clue. The registry is not an issue today and hasn’t been one for the longest time now.

    Typical FUD which doesn’t get better by repeating it.

  4. Ray says:

    Frankly, no one cares about the OS xbmc runs on. Most people would just get a tivo of some wort.

  5. kozmcrae says:

    Viktor wrote:

    “2. Double-click on xbmc-11.0.exe”

    Viktor is an idiot if he thinks that is easier than using any one of the package managers in GNU/Linux.

    Maybe if you only used that one application Viktor. Most people use many applications. For you and the other hapless Microsoft slaves that means:

    1. Double clicking for every application.

    2. But before you can even do that you need to find the application’s home web site or some site that hosts it and you need to do your homework to make sure it’s reputable.

    3. Click next, click next, click next, click next, click finish.

    4. Reboot.

    5. Updates are ready for your newly installed app. Install updates.

    6. Reboot again.

    Now you’re ready to use that single application. And you have to go through that same routine for every application you add to your system.

    Every application has its own update schedule. Each one has to be maintained individually.

    Installing and maintaining the software on a GNU/Linux system is miles ahead of anything Microsoft has. You think you have it easy with the “double click” method of software installation and maintenance? You’re an idiot if that’s what you think.

    And lastly, all that installing and removing of software on your Windows OS gums up the Registry which puts a drag on the system. There is no such penalty on GNU/Linux.

  6. Yep. Do the configuration and get paid for it, a valid business-model. Have a unit set up near the shop-window. XBMC is quite polished. The hassle is getting peripherals to work with it. Once you have the recipe it is easy to clone.

  7. dream99 says:

    windows easy?

    debian : sudo apt-get install xbmc

  8. Viktor says:

    I will tell you an easier way to install it:

    1. Download xbmc-11.0.exe from the official website (no need to wait for lazy Debian maintainers)
    2. Double-click on xbmc-11.0.exe
    3. Enjoy

    God, this other OS is sure nice. Very comfortable.

  9. dougman says:

    XMBC is one my to-do list in the next few months. I want to market it to customers.

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