Install XBMC Media Center 10 on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and LinuxMint 10 Julia | PPA repository

XBMC 10 “Dharma” is released, this new release comes with many new features and  support to many new media formats, now XBMC play all of the current media formats available, including the new WebM/VP8 codec that is the latest buzz. Hardware acceleration has been added in windows (Vista or 7) via DXVA2, CrystalHD has been added for all platforms (best supported in OSX and Linux), VDPAU support has been improved in Linux, and VAAPI support has been added for the hardware that supports it in Linux. This new version comes also with  11 different skins , all with distinct looks and personalities. There are far too many improvements to list here, so check out the changelog for a full list.

About XBMC:

” XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, Windows, and the original Xbox.”

Installation :

– Try XBMC Live CD:

XBMC come also come in a live cd for people that like to test applications before to install, you can download and run the booable live CD from this this Link . Also  If you want to run the XBMC from a USB drive, check out UNetbootin to create a bootable flash drive.

Download the live CD from this Link .

– Installation in Ubuntu and LinuxMint:

To install XBMC in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and LinuxMint10 Julia, first we need to install some dependencies, to do that open terminal and  copy the commands bellow :

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties pkg-config

The packages for Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 (32-bit and 64-bit)are available in XBMC ppa, for installation open terminal and type the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install xbmc xbmc-standalone


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Add more functionality to XBMC by installing Add-ons :

Also if you want to watch your favorite youtube videos, Listen to some web radio or podcasts, Install a web interface to control your living-room experience, or even one to manage your media It’s all available in the new add-ons system, you need just to go  to the “add-ons” section in the system menu and install what you want:

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  • marcus

    Thank you quick and easy for a Linux newbie to follow, nice product

  • Tim


    I am using LinuxMint 11 and thought I’d try this method since I can’t find help elsewhere. It seemed to work – it downloaded a bunch of stuff when I entered those commands, but I don’t know where to find the app now! It’s not in the main software menu, I did a search of my filesystem for ‘xbmc’ and came up with nothing, and it’s not in Synaptic (though I kind of don’t expect it to be).

    Why can’t there just be an installer for it like all the other software in the Software Center? It’s certainly popular enough! Can anyone help me? I’d be happy to let you on to my computer via remote desktop if you can,


  • Danial Collyer

    I always look for a video tutorial when installing software or tweaking Ubuntu, I find it makes it sooooo much easier for me to follow what is  needed to be done. I found a cool short video tutorial explaining how to install XBMC on 12.04, as an ubuntu noob it really helped me out so I hope someone finds this as useful as i did. :)