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Old 6th May 2009, 20:33   #1  |  Link
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XBMC 9.04 Media Center ‘Babylon’ final released, ready for download

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XBMC 9.04 'Babylon' released, ready for download

XBMC Media Center 9.04 (codename: Babylon) final is now released. Versions for Apple TV, Mac OS X (Tiger, Leopard. Intel-x86, PowerPC), Windows (XP, Vista), Linux (Ubuntu PPA), Xbox, and a bootable Live CD/USB distribution (XBMC Live) of this free cross-platform media center software are available and are ready for download, (as usual the full source code is also available in our SVN repository under the GPL open source license).

Among the many new features in XBMC 9.04 is PPC (PowerPC) support for Mac OS X, VDPAU (NVIDIA GPU Hardware Accelerated Video Decoding for Linux), updated Codecs, new Karaoke features, more Media Info Scrapers, improved FanArt support, and of course enhancements to the XBMC Skinning Framework making it even more flexible and powerful. For the full list of what is new in this version of XBMC please see the 9.04 milestone on trac.

Team-XBMC would like to especially thank everyone who submitted patches and helped hunt bugs.

XBMC Community Forum discussion: XBMC 9.04 ‘Babylon’ released, ready for download
Copy of the official press-release announcement:
Team XBMC Announces New Official Release of Open Source
XBMC Media Center Software

Version 9.04 boasts new features and improved performance

May 6, 2009 – The XBMC Media Center team has released version 9.04 (Babylon) of the popular XBMC Media Center software. This version of the application includes new features, such as the use of

additional online media information sources, support for new types of media such as music videos, a selection of new skins to customize the user interface and new plug-ins which provide access to online episodes of many television shows.

Milestone 9.04 also boasts improved stability, most notably on the Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, as well as increased performance on all platforms. In addition, this update includes support for nVidia's PureVideoHD technology on Linux, allowing full high-definition playback on lower-cost energy-efficient hardware.

“We are excited to bring this updated version of XBMC to the public,” said Jonathan Marshall, one of the lead developers of the project. “Our team has put a strong focus on maintaining ease of use and reliability of the program, while adding new features for our users.”

To further the organization’s ongoing efforts to increase accessibility of XBMC for users around the world, this new version offers greatly-improved support for Asian languages, as well as for languages read right to left, such as Hebrew.

This new official release of XBMC 9.04 (Babylon) can be downloaded at http://xbmc.org/download. For a more complete list of new features included in the release, visit http://xbmc.org/trac/milestone/9.04.

About XBMC Media Center (www.xbmc.org)

XBMC is an award-winning free and open source software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, Mac OS X (Leopard, Tiger and Apple TV) and Microsoft Windows, as well as the original Xbox game console. Created in 2003 by a group of like minded programmers, XBMC is a non-profit project run and developed by volunteers located around the world. More than 50 software developers have contributed to XBMC, and 100-plus translators have worked to expand its reach, making it available in more than 30 languages.
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