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XBMC on Ubuntu 12.10


Its good to see another XMBC major update and the XBMC Homepage has all the feature and updates listed on it. I wanted to post a quick summery as a long time XBMC user who only uses this system, we don’t subscribe to Freeview or Sky we cut the cable so to speak.

Spec of PC

asrock330I run XBMC on top of Ubuntu 12.10 on an ASRock 330 ION Nettop, its a nice quiet device with a great little graphics card and with Ubunntu’s good Nvidia drivers it churns out 720p to my 37″ Samsung really well.

If it helps the system spec is as follows:

  • Intel® Dual Core Atom™ 330
  • NVIDIA® ION™ graphics processor
  • Small (2.5L)
  • Silent (acoustic below 26 dB)
  • Stylish (High gloss outlook)
  • Energy Star 5.0 level (Low power consumption)
  • ASRock OC Tuner (Overclocking)
  • ASRock Instant Boot

VDPAU Output on Nvidia ION

ionThere’s no point in having the power if the video player can’t use it and so far XBMC has been the only play i’ve found which does make use of the VDPAU architecture on the Nvidia ION.

If you want an example of how much difference this makes to the picture install a copy of Boxee onto the same device as XBMC 11 or 12 is installed and watch a HD encoded MKV file and you will see almost immediately the clarity which XMBC is providing compared to the now defunct Boxee System (don’t forget your roots, or the customers will leave)

Even between XBMC 11 and 12 there is a noticeable clarity improvement on the video which can’t be attested to the driver on Ubuntu which hasn’t been updated.

Look and Feel


When you do an update it doesn’t matter how much work you do under the hood, if you make a few look and feel enhancements the most immediate change is the background which has a lovely blue background as opposed to the row of seats, glaring guitar and other representative images. Also latest imports into music and video are shown when you choose them from the tool bar.

The font also seams to look better and is easier to read on the TV.

Air Play

Unfortunately the airplay support while OK is still a bit flaky on Linux when it comes to streaming video from an iPad to the XBMC TV. It will play videos however seems to crash/lock up XBMC once its finished playing. This doesn’t however happen with pictures. Shame but not a game killer for me..


xbmctvcatchupThankfully whatever they have been fiddling with under the hood doesn’t seem to have broken any of the Plugins I use especially the TvCatchup plugin. This is a good thing as there is nothing worse than plugin’s breaking and waiting ages for them to be fixed.

XBMC remote on Windows Phone 8

Again, it’s good when third party applications also don’t break….


This is a nice update, it seems fairly solid, and using the XBMC PPA its a simple install. Good work

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

2 comments on “XBMC on Ubuntu 12.10

  1. lucapost
    April 4, 2013

    hi, i have a problem with remote, do you have success with it and ubuntu 12.10?

    • projectzme
      April 4, 2013

      I’m not sure what you mean? I do use an ios remote control I had to enable the http web option

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