Amarok and XBMC celebrate tenth anniversaries
Both the Amarok music player project and the XBMC media centre distribution are currently celebrating their tenth anniversaries this month. XBMC, which was then known as the "Xbox Media Player" and later renamed to "Xbox Media Center", was first released on 5 October 2002. Amarok, the official media player for the KDE desktop, was also first released in early October 2002.
XBMC, which is currently at version 11, code-named "Eden", has evolved quite a lot from its beginnings as an alternative operating system for the original Xbox. Development of the project has taken place in three different version control systems over its history and it was eventually ported to Linux, with the Xbox version being split off into its own project called XBMC4Xbox. The XBMC software itself no longer supports Xbox hardware.
KDE's Amarok music player is celebrating "Roktober", fund-raising and promoting the development of Amarok 3, a preview of which the development team plans to unveil at FOSDEM 2013 in February. To help towards this goal, the developers want to raise $15,000 during the month of October. The team has also published a roadmap that lists features they are planning to implement in the new version. The current release of Amarok is version 2.6.