Installing Xbox Media Center (XBMC) On Ubuntu 8.04

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Author: Falko Timme

The Xbox Media Center (XBMC) is a media center application for Linux, Mac, and Windows that allows you to manage/watch/listen to/view your videos, music, and pictures. It has a nice interface, can be controlled from the desktop or a remote control or via its built-in web interface, and it can be extended by custom scripts. This guide shows how you can install XBMC on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Installing XBMC

First, open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):

Open /etc/apt/sources.list...

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

... and add the following repositories to it:

deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main


sudo apt-get update

afterwards to update the package database.

Afterwards, you can install XBMC as follows:

sudo apt-get install xbmc

(Optional) To install additional skins, run

sudo apt-get install xbmc-skin-*

(Optional) To add support for more remote controls, run

sudo apt-get install xbmc-eventclients-*

(Optional) To install a scripting example, run

sudo apt-get install xbmc-scripts-example

You can now start XBMC by going to Applications > Sound & Video > XBMC Media Center:

To learn how to use XBMC (especially how to use custom scripts, use remote controls, etc.), take a look at the XBMC online manual.

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: Anonymous

When adding the sources to the list  DO NOT add the

(...) before and after the sources phrase