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XBMC Ported To Run On Mir Display Server

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Published on 23 July 2013 05:59 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia
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The XBMC media center software has been ported so it can run directly on the Mir Display Server.

Sam Spilsbury, the former Canonical employee and Compiz developer, has been working on XBMC porting as part of this year's Google Summer of Code.

The code was cleaned-up to make it less X.Org dependent and Sam ended up getting XBMC running on Wayland. After getting the HTPC software running on Wayland, he then decided to try to get it up and running on Mir.

Sam Spilsbury wrote today in a new blog post, it's now up and running. "As part of my GSoC project to make XBMC work on newer linux display systems, I also wrote a backend to make it render on the Mir display server too. This was actually quite straightforward, and took about the same amount of time to get to same point of completeness as it did for Wayland support. There’s no mouse or keyboard input support yet, but only because I haven’t had the time to implement it yet. Should be done in a few days."

His Mir code for XBMC can be found in this GitHub repository.

Canonical's Oliver Ries confirmed on Google+ that this is the first "Mir client out in the wild", i.e. not dependent upon XMir.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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