XBMC 10.0 Dharma released!
Exciting news came out yesterday for all of those out there looking for something new and especially for those already “in the know” about how good XBMC is as a media center, the long awaited XBMC 10.0 “Dharma” is available for download!
According to XBMC’s website, the focus on this release has been on add-ons, giving the standard user greater ability to tweak the interface with minimal hassle. The add-ons also add features to your experience and just with any open-source community, will grow in quantity as well as quality as the community grows. When discussing how difficult it used to be to install add-ons to XBMC, the post goes on to explain that…
Those days are over. All of these things are now available within XBMC, no need to put down the remote to find new content or change the look of your HTPC. Just head to the “add-ons” section in the system menu. At the time of this writing, there are 11 different skins available, all with distinct looks and personalities. But we didn’t stop there. Want to watch your favorite youtube videos? Listen to some web radio or podcasts? Install a web interface to control your living-room experience, or even one to manage your media? It’s all available in the new add-ons system. Even before the final release, we have seen an average of 50,000 add-on downloads per day. It’s time for you to see what many others have discovered! And remember, the best part is that the add-ons are very much alive. New ones are being added every day, and current ones are continuously updated.
Beyond the aesthetics, Dharma has had improvements from the ground up; from expanded support for the majority of media formats available, including the new WebM/VP8 codec, to added hardware acceleration added in Windows Vista and 7.
This is all certainly exciting to hear and it seems that the timing would be perfect considering people are very much looking to alternate solutions to their Windows Media Center / Windows Home Server since the demise of Drive Extender.
If you’d like to give XBMC a trial run without actually installing it on your computer, you can use XBMC Live to boot from a CD directly into XBMC. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
I don’t know about you, but I’m already downloading it! Anyone out there already got Dharma up and running? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!
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