Eden

Mar 27 2012

News - XBMC 11.0 Eden is Now Available

It took a few beta releases, but XBMC 11.0, codenamed Eden, was released over the weekend. There are a whole lot of changes in the new version of the venerable HTPC software including an updated default skin, AirPlay support, support for rollbacks of add-ons, and a ton of performance optimizations. Hardware support has also improved as Eden will mark the first in-sync release for jailbroken iOS-based devices, though this will not include the 3rd generation Apple TV just yet. XBMC Live, the live CD version of XBMC has been replaced by XBMCbuntu. XBMCbuntu looks and acts much like the old XBMC Live release, booting directly into XBMC seamlessly, but it is based on a full desktop version of Ubuntu with complete apt-get support and Chromium web browser.

XBMC 11.0 Eden

Long time XBMC users who have not been following the progress of Eden will be surprised by the new horizontal layout of Confluence, the default skin, but will otherwise feel at home. I have only spent a few hours with the final release, but it is immediately apparent that performance and reliability have improved since the first beta release in December, at least for the Windows version. All of the add-ons I have tried so far have worked just fine though I would not be surprised if some of the less-regularly maintained add-ons run into some problems. If you have already upgraded to XBMC 11.0, let us know what you think.

XBMC 11.0 Milestones include Addon Rollbacks, vast improvements in Confluence (the default skin), massive speed increases via features like Dirty-region rendering and the new JPEG decoder, a simpler, better library, movie set scraping, additional protocol handling, better networking support, better handling of unencrypted BluRay content and structures, adjustable display refresh rate in OSX (to match the already available feature in Windows and Linux), AirPlay support, an upgraded weather service with geoip lookup, and much, much more.

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Jan 23 2012

News - XBMC 11.0 Eden Beta 2 Now Available

The release of the first beta of XBMC 11.0 "Eden" turned out to be a great Christmas present. I've been using it regularly since its release, and other than some issues with building a library from a SMB share, the Eden beta has been quite stable. The interface is faster than ever and the new horizontal layout is a welcome change. The XBMC team has been hard at work polishing up that first beta release, and now the second beta for XBMC 11.0 is available. The new beta includes fixes for unencrypted Blu-ray playback, subtitle issues, and TMDB scraping, among other issues. There's still no Live CD release, but it has not been forgotten about. Unfortunately, this means that trying XBMC 11.0 will require an installation, so do keep in mind that this is a beta.

XBMC Beta Eden

It’s been a productive few weeks in the race to release Eden. Since Beta 1, unencrypted bluray, dvd player, startup problems in OSX, airplay, subtitle issues, unofficial addon repository installations, and the frustrating TMDB scraper problems that have made it difficult for everyone to scrape new movies have all seen fixes.

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Dec 25 2011

News - XBMC 11.0 Eden Beta Now Available

XBMC Eden

I've been awfully excited about XBMC 11.0 Eden since the XBMC team first announced it was starting to come together, and now the team has announced that the beta version of Eden is available for download. They have made some major changes to the orientation of the default skin, Confluence, and have generally been working on making everything faster, smoother, and better. I'm personally excited to try out the Airplay support and think the improved input handling should make setting up remote control functionality a lot easier. Apple TV users will also be happy to hear that Eden marks the first time that iOS releases are in-sync with the main trunk, so they too can get in on the beta love. The only bad news is that there is not an XBMC Live version of the Eden beta. The XBMC team is in the process of making some massive changes to the underpinnings of the Live version that they are not ready for people to put to use, so testing Eden will require an actual installation.

As always, do keep in mind that this is beta software. Follow the XBMC team's tips for backing up your computer or device, expect to crash and burn from time to time, and have fun! If you decide to take the beta for a spin, be sure to share your thoughts with us.

Milestones include Addon Rollbacks, vast improvements in Confluence (the default skin), massive speed increases via features like Dirty-region rendering and the new JPEG decoder, a simpler, better library, additional protocol handling, better networking support, better handling of unencrypted BluRay content and structures, adjustable display refresh rate in OSX (to match the already available feature in Windows and Linux), AirPlay support, an upgraded weather service, and much more. 

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