Install XBMC on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx with Support for IR Remote

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XBMC is a powerful HTPC software that lets you transform your PC in to a multimedia home theater system. You can install it on Ubuntu 10.04 by running the following commands successively  from the terminal.

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

XBMC supports UPnP portocal that can be used to stream multimedia content from Windows computers with ease. Launch XBMC from the Applications > Sound & Video > XBMC Media Center

Now for the IR remote support for Media Center Remotes that you have been using with Windows you just need to install lirc, make sure that you IR remote’s receiver is disconnected and run this at the terminal

sudo apt-get install lirc

When prompted for the Remote control configuration, choose Windows Media Center Transceivers/Remotes (all) using up/down keys and use tab to navigate to ok and press enter, for the IR Transmitter select none and press enter to continue. Now hook up the IR Remote and basic key functionality should work for your Windows Media Center Remote.

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