Install XBMC Dharma on Ubuntu 10.10 or 10.04 with Live TV and IR Remote Support

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XBMC is a powerful HTPC software that lets you transform your PC in to a multimedia home theater system.The latest release of XBMC is 10.0 Dharma. Dharma has really taken XBMC to next level by enhancing the user experience by superior integration of the plugin / skin / programs installation. According to XBMC.org

In the past, in order to find a new skin, you would have to dig through the forums, find a link, and hope it worked. Ditto for plugins, scrapers, etc. 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.

XBMC dharma certainly features some amazingly useful addons, watch this space for a review of some of the best Add-ons shipped with Dharma.The latest XBMC build even supports Live TV, I haven’t personally tested it yet, but I am going to test drive it tonight and get back with my review.

You can enjoy the default XBMC goodness (no Live TV support) on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat or 10.04 Karmic Koala by running the following commands successively in a terminal window

Instructions to install XBMC Dharma

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc

Before proceeding with the installation make sure you have the multiverse repository enabled, see /etc/apt/sources.list and uncomment the lines corresponding to multiverse repository. Now just run the following commands

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install xbmc xbmc-standalone

For XBMC with Live TV support (I would write a post with review and Live TV setup on Ubuntu soon), do the following instead (once again have the multiverse repository enabled). In a terminal run the following set of commands in succession.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lars-opdenkamp/xbmc-pvr
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc libva1

If you want to get your IR remote working with XBMC, then read on.

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. For advanced lirc configuration see this post.

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