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XBMC Ubuntu PPAs (precompiled PPA builds for Ubuntu) - wattazoum - 2008-05-18 16:50

Hello,

I am proud to let you discover the new XBMC PPA management for the XBMC project.

First you need to understand how installing software on Ubuntu works, what is a software repository and how to add new software repositories to your system.

PPA stands for Personal Packages Archive. The system permits to developers on Launchpad to have an Ubuntu repository to share and to prepare packages for the users.

We, Team-XBMC, have created PPAs to distribute XBMC to the Users :
- one official PPA for supported ubuntu series (HARDY, INTREPID ...)
- one for SVN daily build that should be considered as unstable and bleeding edge.
- a last one that shouldn't be used by users and only developers.

If you are interested in stable XBMC releases (releases that we certify as usable and/or testable), please use the stable PPAs. Once added in your repository list, you will be notified for any update we make. You will have the latest stable version this way.

https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc#ppas

You will find on the PPA page the key used to sign the packages. See this link to know how to set it up .
The Ubuntu keyserver is listening on port 11371. you can have issues getting the key, if you have a firewall that blocks it. You need to know that the OpenGPG server are usually sync. So the key you are searching could be found on other servers like http://keyserver.pramberger.at/

Official PPA :

https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/ppa

PREVIOUS STABLE PPA

https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/previous-stable

For more advanced users, here is the SVN PPA.

SVN PPA (more or less daily builds)

See :
https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc-svn/+archive/ppa

Note: For VDPAU users , you need to have NVidia 190.42 drivers to use a full featured VDPAU. Use the following PPA to get the drivers for your distribution.
  • Nvidia Vdpau Team PPA
    Code:
    deb [url]http://ppa.launchpad.net/nvidia-vdpau/ppa/ubuntu[/url] <distribution> main
    deb-src [url]http://ppa.launchpad.net/nvidia-vdpau/ppa/ubuntu[/url] <distribution> main

Have Fun using XBMC ! Big Grin

Wattazoum


- rodalpho - 2008-05-18 18:58

Does this mean that hardy is now an "official" platform? In other words, the devs are running hardy themselves?


- topfs2 - 2008-05-18 19:20

Well there are a few that have switched to hardy (ie me) but we are still a minority. Although I suspect more and more will do the switch, XBMC Live that l.capriotti have done is based on Hardy.

Gutsy is still the most stable one Smile


- lingenfr_xbmc - 2008-05-18 21:09

Thanks for this. This is what I have been waiting for to try xbmc for linux (Hardy)


- rodalpho - 2008-05-18 23:01

OK, time for me to upgrade to Hardy then. Wish me luck!


- rodalpho - 2008-05-19 01:32

Just upgraded, working fine on hardy.


- paalfe - 2008-05-19 20:22

Just a quick question!

x86 only or x86 and x64?


- topfs2 - 2008-05-19 20:51

x86 only on the deb I think, it's possible to build the svn on x64 but most codec doesn't work so you can only play a handfull of files. You can use some buildtools (should be a howto on this forum) to run x86 on x64.

If you have the ability to choose, go for x86 it's tens of times better supported by XBMC.

/Topfs2


- Icey - 2008-05-22 13:07

I have a quick and no doubt dumb question due to being a complete linux newbie. I added the hardy PPA's as described above and I thought I could then install xbmc via the add/remove program. However, upon searching through all available applications list I could not find xbmc. Am I missing something obvious or am I completely wrong in my install method?
Thanks!


- topfs2 - 2008-05-22 13:26

From my understanding the list in Add/Remove is chosen by Ubuntu, however wattazoum probably knows this better than me.

But to get it work you do this in terminal after they've been added
Code:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc
If you wan't skins not just default PM3 you do
Code:
sudo apt-get install xbmc-skin-*
and if you wan't more remotes you do
Code:
sudo apt-get install xbmc-eventclients-*
If you want scripts you do
Code:
sudo apt-get install xbmc-scripts



- Icey - 2008-05-22 13:38

Great!

Thanks for your help Topfs2 I will give it a try as soon as I get home tonight.


- wattazoum - 2008-05-22 20:01

Hello,

About the Add & Remove programs application, I think it doesn't search in the software repositories as synaptic does. You might find some application in Synaptic and not in the Add & Remove programs application.

Basically, it's better to go in System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager


- Broads - 2008-05-24 20:08

Awsome thanks for this thread, first time, I have got xbmc to run under linux.. Big Grin

Just need to get my network and ntfs drive shared now any tips? oh and warnings on the mint theme, I can't get back to any other skin, and need to find where to edit the config manually. Appologies if there is a simple way but I couldnt work it out.


- natethomas - 2008-05-25 08:45

Broads Wrote:Awsome thanks for this thread, first time, I have got xbmc to run under linux.. Big Grin

Just need to get my network and ntfs drive shared now any tips? oh and warnings on the mint theme, I can't get back to any other skin, and need to find where to edit the config manually. Appologies if there is a simple way but I couldnt work it out.

I'm not sure if this is the solution you are looking for, but I wanted to share an external drive and was having a lot of trouble. My solution was to take the entire contents of the drive and put that into a folder on the drive. Essentially you are making no changes, just adding a folder layer. Then you make a link of that folder and put the link in your home folder (you know, the empty one with the folders for videos, pictures, music, etc.). Doesn't really matter where. I put my link in the videos folder, but probably any folder will do. Now you should be able to right click on the link (not the original folder, the link (aka shortcut)) and get the share folder option.

Voila.

I also had the same problem w/ the Mint theme. I'm not sure how I got it to go back. Just started pressing keyboard buttons. Somewhere in the QW-AS region sends you back to the setttings menu, I think. Then, of course, you should have no problem returning to a slightly more manageable (if less pretty) theme.


- natethomas - 2008-05-25 08:47

Um. That's the QW-AS region of the keyboard. You know, like QWERTY and ASDFGH