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XBMC 10.0 Officially Released

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Published on 18 December 2010 06:56 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia
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Just as expected, XBMC 10.0 "Dharma" has been officially released. New features of XBMC 10 include a unified add-on framework and a lot of features related to this work for providing new functionality, initial gesture support for the XBMC GUI Engine, improved mouse support, Broadcom Crystal HD decoding support, native support for unencrypted Blu-ray playback, support for Google WebM, and so much more.

As said in last weekends news post about XBMC 10.0 being imminent: Other XBMC 10.0 features include initial support for OpenGL ES 2.0 to allow the Linux renderer to support embedded devices, SSH file transfer protocol support, a number of new movie/video scrapers have been introduced, an improved video scanner engine, an improved meta-data scraper engine, upgrades against FFmpeg, and much more.

Some of the Linux video fun exciting us in this release is VA-API video acceleration support, OpenMAX video acceleration support, and NEON video acceleration support. While VA-API and VDPAU are the most talked about video acceleration APIs at Phoronix, the OpenMAX video API is used by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 embedded devices and other OpenMAX IL hardware. The NEON video acceleration API targets OMAP3 / ARM NEON hardware. There's also improved VDPAU support with up-scaling and de-interlacing capabilities. Last but not least, there's also improved Linux 64-bit support.

There's also plans already being drafted for XBMC 11.0 on a tighter release cycle. The XBMC 10.0 release announcement can be read at XBMC.org. There's also the 10.0 change-log file.

About The Author
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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