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Cyberace
29th May 2007, 14:23
Help wanted: As you may or may not have heard, a few developers on Team-XBMC (http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/wiki/index.php?title=Team_XBMC_and_Others) have begun the porting (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porting) of XBMC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XBMC) to Linux and OpenGL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenGL) using the SDL toolkit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_DirectMedia_Layer). The goal is for this to become a full port (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porting) of XBMC containing all the features and functions available in the Xbox version of XBMC (http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/wiki/index.php?title=XBMC_Features_and_Supported_Formats/Codecs). This is a huge task which is why we are making this public request, seeking C/C++ programmers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programming_language) to volunteer in assisting us with this Linux porting development project (http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/wiki/index.php?title=Linux_port_project). Whether you have contributed to The XBMC Project (http://sourceforge.net/projects/xbmc) in the past or not, please consider doing so now. Those of you who are completely unfamiliar with XBMC can get a good overview of what XBMC offers for its end-users (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End-user) by reading through the XBMC article on wikipedia.org (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XBMC)

The XBMC code structure uses a fairly modular design (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Module_%28programming%29) (with libraries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_%28computing%29) and DLL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic-link_library)s), and we think that there are enough modules/libraries to keep a wide skill-level range of developers busy in the porting of them all. So please, take a look at the source code, then with the help of our Linux port To-Do list (http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/wiki/index.php?title=Linux_port_project#To-Do) assess where the porting stage is today and see if there's any areas you'd be willing to help out. Note that we are not abandoning the Xbox hardware - XBMC will be a cross-platform (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-platform) software application, supporting both the Xbox and normal computers, (the 'old' Xbox still have a good amount of years to live we hope). Developers who would like to volunteer should read the Linux porting development project article in the official XBMC WIKI (http://wiki.xboxmediacenter.com/?title=Linux_port_project)for more detailed information.

Note to all end-users (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End-user)! Please understand that this Linux port project (http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/wiki/index.php?title=Linux_port_project) is not yet mature enough for you as an end-user to play with, no media can even be played back yet. We can not yet give you an ETA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estimated_time_of_arrival) as to when it will be useful for end-users. Respect that we can not accept any bug-reports or feature/function-requests for this Linux port yet.

XBMC-Forum developers discussion: XBMC recruiting developers for Linux port (http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26632)
XBMC-Forum end-user discussion on Linux port: XBMC Linux port questions... (http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26097)
XBMC official web-site: www.xboxmediacenter.com (http://www.xboxmediacenter.com) (wiki-manual (http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/wiki/index.php?title=Xbox_Media_Center_Online_Manual) and FAQ (http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/wiki/index.php?title=Frequently_Asked_Questions))