Media Center XBMC 13 Gotham Released, Install it in Ubuntu via PPA

Last updated: May 5, 2014

xbmc 13.0 Ubuntu 14.04

XBMC 13.0 Gotham edition was finally released a few hours ago. This tutorial will show you how to upgrade or install this free and open-source media center in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 12.04.

install xbmc 13 gotham in Ubuntu

According to the announcements, XBMC 13 brings:

  • Android hardware decoding
  • Raspberry Pi and Android speed improvements
  • Stereoscopic 3D rendering
  • Improved UPnP capabilities
  • Dramatic audio engine improvements
  • making subtitle search better
  • An extended Python and JSON-RPC API for developers
  • Update to FFMPEG v1.2 used for audio/video playback
  • Stereo audio can now be up-mixed to 5.1 and sent through optical/SPDIF devices
  • Various visual changes throughout the skin which should improve usability and logic.
  • Improve the handling of subtitle downloading and selection
  • Extend and improve the User-interface Engine which developers use to create a variety of skins to be used.
  • Drop of support for Windows XP.
  • When initiating a library cleaning, XBMC will send a wake-on-lan request to any sleeping servers first, before cleaning the library, to ensure that content isn’t unnecessarily cleaned
  • Numerous PVR fixes and updates with additional new features updated on a per-platform basis.
  • Copy/paste support on Windows, OSX, and iOS to match copy/paste support elsewhere
  • Movie sets are now user editable
  • Episodic bookmarks
  • More details, go to official release page
    Install / Upgrade to XBMC 13 in Ubuntu:

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: 1. Backup your your current userdata folder before upgrading; 2. Due to changes related to the add-on system and skin improvement, certain plugins, scripts and skins may become incompatible when upgrading from Frodo to Gotham.

    Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run the commands below one by one will added XBMC PPA and install/upgrade to XBMC 13.0:

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


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