XBMC 10.0 Beta 1 features new Add-ons system
After more than nine months of development, the XBMC project has announced the arrival of the first beta of version 10.0 of its open source media player, code named "Dharma". According to the developers, the latest development preview of their cross-platform media player software and entertainment system application framework introduces a new Add-on system that allows script-writers, skinners and designers to customise a user's XMBC experience.
XBMC 10.0 Beta 1 includes support for Add-on automatic updates unless disabled by the user and, as submissions are already "pouring in", the developers expect to have a "very nice collection" of Add-ons in time for the final release. Other features include hardware acceleration support for video playback, better 64-bit Linux support, various web server improvements and support for WebM video. The WebM / VP8 video format is an open source and royalty-free media file format for the web that was introduced by Google in May as part of its new WebM Project.
As with all development releases, production use is not advised. The developers advise users to back up their profiles in case they decide to roll back to the previous version. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.
More details about the release can be found in the official release announcement and in the change log. XBMC 10.0 Beta 1 is available to download from one of the project's mirrors. XBMC source code is hosted on SourceForge and is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). The most recent stable release is version 9.11 from the end of December, 2009.
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