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=== Upgrading XBMC via ppa in XBMCbuntu ===
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▶ Linux
▶ Kodibuntu
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Emblem-important-yellow.png XBMCBuntu V13 testing builds:
Test builds are available, - you wont need AMD/Nvidia/Intel specific iso, its a generic 64bit XBMCbuntu iso Download now from [beta] Xbmcbuntu 13 Testing Thread

XBMCbuntu is a boot-USB drive/LiveCD image with XBMC pre-configured to work directly out-of-the-box for a dedicated set-top-box style installation of XBMC. Users can either demo XBMC without touching the internal HDD, or use it to install XBMCbuntu on the HDD, without any pre-installed operating systems. XBMCbuntu is based on a light weight version of Ubuntu.

XBMCbuntu currently supports MCE (Media Center Edition) Remotes with USB IR-receiver receivers directly out-of-the-box. Installation only requires 8GB (or larger) USB drive or internal HDD.

When installed onto a USB flash drive or hard disk drive XBMCbuntu has the ability to save settings and make updates to XBMC Media Center and the operating-system back onto the USB flash drive or hard disk drive that it is installed onto, this is not possible when running XBMCbuntu from a Live CD booting from a CD-ROM disc as they are read-only and any changes settings are only temporarily saved until the system is rebooted.

3 General FAQ

3.1 Connect to XBMCbuntu via SFTP/SSH

See also: Connecting to XBMCbuntu via SFTP and Connecting to XBMCbuntu via SSH

4 XBMCbuntu minimum and recommended hardware requirements

XBMCbuntu starting with v13 is only available as a 64bit base.

  • x86_64 (Intel/AMD) processor computer capable of booting from CD-ROM/USB drive.
x86 or x86_64 processor such as: Intel Pentium 4, Intel Pentium M, AMD Athlon XP/64, AMD Opteron, or newer CPU. (Anything made in the last few years does.)
  • If your GPU/VPU does not support hardware video decoding then you will require a fast modern processor is required to decode some videos (H.264, VC-1, etc) in 1080P. Editor note: Hard to quantify this, but maybe we can get a rough benchmark score in here?
  • There is very limited Power PC (PPC) support: [Linux] How to install on Linux-ppc
RAM Note: For Video playback acceleration, a minimum of 512MB dedicated VRAM is recommended
  • Minimum: 256MB
  • Recommended: 1GB or more
XBMC will run on most graphics cards made in the last few years, including hardware video decoding support. This includes most cards from ATI/AMD, Intel, or NVIDIA which support OpenGL 2.0 or later.


ATI Intel Nvidia
ATI Radeon RV710/M92 (HD 4300/4500) Intel GMA 950 (945G) Nvidia GeForce 6-Series
ATI Radeon Cedar (Radeоn HD 5400 Series or newer Intel GMA X4500HD (G45) or newer Nvidia GeForce 8-Series or newer
For hardware video decoding, which may be necessary on various low-performance CPUs to playback 1080P content, make sure your GPU or VPU supports either VAAPI, VDPAU, or CrystalHD.

Note: ATI Radeon cards lower than UVD2.2, are not supported with Ubuntu & variants 12.10 base system, using fglrx due to changes in ATI's drivers. Legacy cards that support the minimum OpenGL requirements still can be installed, but you wont get any hardware acceleration playback in XBMC with fglrx and must remain at a specific driver version to work without bugs..

Drive space The XBMC binary generally takes up between 100 to 200 MB of space, depending on how it's compiled. Technically speaking, if your hardware supports netbooting, you don't even require a hard drive for either the OS or XBMC.
  • Minimum: 4 ~ 8GB
  • Recommended: 16GB or more
Depending on how big your video library is. Most of the space required for XBMC comes from the images/artwork cache, which can be adjusted: HOW-TO:Reduce XBMC disk space.

Note: If you like to install XBMCbuntu to USB and it still has U3 software on it (uninstall that first).

DVD - Bluray
  • Minimum: 100BASE-TX

Note: A wired connection is preferred over slow wifi network, some 5gHz environments may affect wifi signal quality/strength and reduce bandwidth or cause signal fluctuations that affect streaming

5 Get and Install XBMCbuntu

Download from http://xbmc.org/download/

Note: XBMCbuntu v13 will not have flavours its a generic 64bit ISO

XBMCbuntu comes in an ISO form that can be burned to an optical disc. It can also be formatted to a USB drive, as mentioned in the next section.

For instructions on how to acquire, create a bootable usb flash drive, boot or install to/from

See: Create and install from/to a bootable USB flash drive

5.1 Resolving potential install wizard issues

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  1. Boot your system with the installer thumbdrive and select the "Try Ubuntu" option. This should boot into XBMC.
  2. Click the Shutdown menu in XBMC (lower-left corner) and select "Exit"
  3. You should be presented with a log-in screen. Click "Other..." and enter xbmc as the login and select XBMCbuntu from the dropdown menu (below the Login field).
  4. Click "Login" and you will be prompted for the Password; just leave it blank.
  5. Click "Login" again and the XBMCbuntu desktop should be displayed.
  6. On the top-left corner of the desktop should be an icon to install Ubuntu. Double-click the icon and, hopefully, you'll get the installation wizard this time.

5.2 When running XBMCbuntu as a Live CD my changes are lost. Why?

  • Since a live CD is booted from read-only media, it requires either installation to rewriteable media (i.e. a USB flash drive or hard disk drive) or complete remastering to install additional software or modify the existing files.

5.3 What is the username and password to the underlying live OS environment?


The username and password to the underlying OS environment are not needed by the average users of XBMCbuntu, but here they are just in case you want to dig into the (very) advanced possibilities that are available. The default username and password on the live CD are listed below, but during installation, you will be able to change these to your own username and password. We recommend that you write down the username and password you have chosen, and store it away in a safe place;

Username: '''xbmc'''
Password: (none)

5.4 Upgrading XBMC via ppa in XBMCbuntu


Note: Given the substantial changes that v13 has audio wise, due to redesigned engine, you are recommended to do a fresh install of XBMCbuntu or remove any user configuration files for alsa and or alsa drivers

6 XBMC Media Center

XBMCbuntu contains XBMC for Linux compiled with the 'standalone' mode, this enabled certain functions that are not available in normal XBMC installations (Windows, Mac Linux), these functions include Power Management, and Network Management.

7 Upgrading XBMCbuntu

To actually update "XBMCbuntu" for Frodo, which is a full package, then you're pretty much looking at a fresh install if you wish to upgrade the underlying Linux. The OS changed from Lubuntu 11.10 to Lubuntu 12.04. It is possible (in order to preserve systems tweaks) to just update XBMC itself by treating it as a normal Linux install and going to: Upgrading XBMC via ppa in XBMCbuntu