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Kodi 17.1, the first bug-fix release for the v17 “Krypton”, has been released and made into PPA for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and Linux Mint 17 & 18.

According to the changelog, Kodi 17.1 brings a huge list of fixes and here are some of them:

  • Update Estuary and Estouchy with some bugfixes and improvements
  • Fix EDL skipping
  • Fix slow song smartplaylist
  • Several PVR fixes
  • Update Chorus webinterface
  • Fix addons not being marked broken when they are updated with broken flag
  • Add limiter on random songs which should prevent large memory usage on big libraries
  • Improve keyboard mapping during button mapping
  • Improve analog stick handling
  • Improve plugin performance when building the content list
  • Include RTMP inputstream add-on for Windows

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Although the Kodi website does not announced the v17.1 release at the moment, you can now install or upgrade to Kodi 17.1 via following steps:

1. Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for “Terminal” from Unity Dash / Start Menu. When it opens, run command to add Kodi PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) and hit Enter.

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2. Then upgrade Kodi Media Center from a previous release via Software Updater:

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Or run the commands below one by one to install or upgrade Kodi:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install kodi

Once installed, you can either launch Kodi from app launcher or select log in Kodi session at login screen.

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Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, finally reached the new stable 17.0 release. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu via PPA.

Kodi 17.0, code-name “Krypton”, brings updated default UI, better organisation of settings, and many under-the-hood changes on Video Player, Music Library, PVR, audio on Android, and thousands of small bug-fixes and improvements to stability.

Kodi 17.0 features:

  • New default skins “Estuary” for TV, and “Estouchy” for touchscreen devices.
  • New default web interface
  • New inputstream add-ons with more protocols support.
  • hardware-accelerated DVD playback
  • Numerous improvements to Live TV and PVR functionality
  • Android implementation, and a wide variety of other changes.

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How to Install Kodi 17 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

The Kodi Team announced that the official PPA will be updated soon with the new packages, available for Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and Linux Mint 17 & 18.

At that time, you can follow the step below to install Kodi 17:

1. Open terminal from app launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key, when it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter.

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2. Then you can upgrade Kodi Media Center from an existing version, by launching Software Updater:

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Or install it via following commands in terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install kodi

Once installed, you can either launch Kodi from app launcher or log with Kodi session when you’re in login screen.

Uninstall:

To uninstall Kodi 17 and restore to the stock version in your Ubuntu repository, purge the PPA via ppa-purge tool via command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

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Kodi 16.0 (codenamed “Jarvis”), formerly known as XBMC, has been officially released. Official binary packages available for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and even Ubuntu 15.04 in PPA.

Kodi 16.0 features event logging, long press button support, 4:3 non-linear stretch support, add-on manager changes, music library improvements, Android surface rendering, and many other important changes. For more details, read the official announcement.

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How to Install Kodi 16.0 in Ubuntu:

1. If you don’t have Kodi’s official PPA added in your system, launch terminal from App Launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key and paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

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Type in password (no visual feedback when typing) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. For those who have a previous release installed, launch Software Updater and you’ll see Kodi 16.0 available in the update lists after checking for updates.

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To install it for the first time, just run commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install kodi

Add --install-suggests option if you want to install audio codecs and other addons, so the last command will be:

sudo apt-get install --install-suggests kodi

Finally log out and select log in with Kodi session, or launch Kodi from Unity Dash in normal session.

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The latest Kodi Media Center, formerly known as XBMC, now is available for Ubuntu 15.10 users through its official PPA repository.

The current version is Kodi 15.2 ‘Isengard’ which was released in the middle of this month. For those who want to install this release and receive future updates via Software Updater, follow below steps.

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1. Add Kodi PPA

Open terminal from the Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, run below command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

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2. If you’ve installed an old release from Software Center. Run Software Updater to upgrade to Kodi 15.2.

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Or run below commands one by one in terminal to install or upgrade the software:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install kodi

Once installed, log with Kodi session at next login or launch it from the Unity Dash at next boot.

3. (Optional) To remove Kodi PPA, go to the Software & Updates -> Other Software tab or run below command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

To remove Kodi, do it via Software Center or run command:

sudo apt-get remove kodi && sudo apt-get autoremove

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Kodi 15.2, the final maintenance release for Kodi 15 ‘Isengard’, has been announced today. This release brings a lot of bug-fixes on top of the 15.0 and 15.1 release.

Here are the fixes according to the release note.

  • Fix non DVB subtitles
  • Fix incompatible MySQL queries
  • Improvements on PulseAudio for Linux
  • Fix multi images in grouplists/layouts
  • Updated PVR add-ons: Tvheadend HTSP and MythTV
  • Fix refresh-rate switching on Android. This should improve on most devices like Nexus Player and NVIDIA SHIELD TV and others which use the Android API
  • Fix file time used in scanning library which may speed up scanning times on 32bit platforms
  • Fix video rewind on Windows. May still leave artifacts for some seconds.
  • Fix continues check on system partitions on Android
  • Fix MicroDVD subtitles
  • Fix subtitles positioning below video
  • Fix memory leak on opening Bluray menu for stream selection
  • Fix default sorting for songs over UPnP
  • Updated taglib that fixes a crash when playing flac files
  • Fix volume adjustment for XBOX controllers
  • Fixes side flyout appearing when using touch
  • Fixes freeze on win32 on away mode
  • Fix crash on osx 10.7 when trying to resolve hdd names
  • Fix Amlogic zoom problems on Android
  • Set default screen region for dvb subs (wrong placed subtitles)
  • Fix missing lyrics from tag when playing from musicdb url
  • Properly set the time format when setting/changing regions
  • Fix playback problems on AMLogic after ffwd or skip
  • Fix fallback for nb_no language
  • Fix empty LatestAlbum.Artist
  • Fix watched flag in Confluence media info 3 view

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Install or Upgrade to Kodi 15.2 in Ubuntu:

The new release has been made into Kodi Stable PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 15.04, and derivatives, such as Linux Mint 17.x and Elementary OS Freya.

1. Add Kodi PPA

Open terminal from the Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, run below command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

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2. Refresh system package cache and install the media center.

You can do it either via Synaptic Package Manager, or by running below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install kodi

Once installed, log out and select log back with Kodi session. Or launch the media center from the Dash (may need restart).