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XBMC ‘Atlantis’ Beta 1 released …

… now serving all common platforms

Team-XBMC is proud to announce the first cross-platform Beta version of XBMC media center for Linux, Mac OS X (Leopard and Tiger), Windows, and Xbox, in preparation for the upcoming stable release of XBMC, code named ‘Atlantis’. There are three important news items associated with this release:

1. The first item that is new in this release is the brand new skin “PM3.HD”, a high-definition tribute to Project Mayhem III, which will be gracing screens as the default skin on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Xbox users can, of course, choose to use this skin if they wish as well, and the original Project Mayhem III skin is still packaged with Beta 1 for those who prefer the old-school look. This is in addition to the already awesome selection of skins available for XBMC.

2. The second item is the initial release of “XBMC Live“, a bootable CD which gives users the opportunity to try XBMC on their computer, without touching their harddrive. In addition, XBMC Live allows installation of XBMC, complete with an operating system, onto a USB flash memory sticks for a permanent, fast booting, dedicated set-top-box style installation of XBMC. XBMC Live is designed to support Microsoft’s MCE Remote and USB receiver out-of-the-box.

3. The third item is that the XBMC for Mac release now has initial support for integrating iTunes and iPhoto media into XBMC. For more information on this, please read this developers blog entry; “iTunes and iPhoto integration in XBMC“. The Mac release of Beta 1 also comes bundled with a bonus skin for XBMC, and that is MediaStream by Team Razorfish, (this skin can, of course, be downloaded and installed on all XBMC platforms, like all other XBMC skins).

IMHO … this is one of the biggest news in 2008. XBMC has always been my favorite, dream, … media center solution. It is feature rich, open and of course very sexy.

All of my friends liked to use it on my old XBOX. Now I want to push the limits any further.

I will try to get XBMC onto my Playstation 3 (goodbye again M$!…) or I will get a Eee Box later this year.

That’s it for now…


Open Source Migration

I’m currently migrating my fathers office. I’m using Zimbra and Samba to get a Exchange + Active Directory like environment. The following clip is a good demo:

Zimbra + Samba Integration

Currently everything works as supposed to:

  • Central Login and Userdatabase (via Zimbra LDAP)
  • Samba as Primary Domain Controller and WINS Server
  • Roaming Profiles, SSO
  • Simple Administration via Zimbra WebGUI
  • Secure E-Mail via IMAPS/SMTPS in Thunderbird or the secure Webinterface
  • Shared Folders and Calendars
  • Enterprise Content Management with Alfresco Labs 3 (with Sharepoint support)
  • Endian Firewall for Security and VPN
  • Internal DNS and DHCP Services (BIND9/DHCPD3)
  • Windows XP Client PC Installs via partimaged

So now it is up to Amadeus and TravelTainment. To free their tools so i’m able to take the next step…. getting rid of Microsoft Clients =)

A big hug to the Debian Project, Zimbra (Yahoo) and all the OS Movement participants out there.