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XBMC/Kodi 15.0 Alpha 1 Released

The first major feature release over Kodi 14, the media player / open-source HTPC software previously known as XBMC, is in development and its first development release is now available.
28 February 2015 - Kodi 15 - 3 Comments

VLC 2.2 "Weathermax" Brings Better VP9 & H.265 Support

VLC 2.2 (codenamed "Weathermax") was released today as the latest version of the popular, multi-platform, open-source media player.
27 February 2015 - VLC 2.2 - 17 Comments

Kodi 14.2 Helix Beta 1 Works On More Bug Fixing

The first beta of version 14.2 "Helix" of the software formerly known as XBMC is now available.
17 February 2015 - Kodi/XBMC 14.2 - 2 Comments

VLC 2.2 Has Many Features Coming, But VLC 3.0 Will Be Even More Exciting

For those not closely following the development of the VLC open-source, cross-platform media player, the VLC 2.2.0 release is coming soon while further out is VLC 3.0 and it will be even more magical.
10 February 2015 - VLC 2.2 / VLC 3.0 - 32 Comments

XBMC's Kodi 14.1 Brings Bug-Fixes, MIPS Port Lands In Master

Version 14.1 of Kodi -- the open-source multimedia software formerly known as XBMC -- has been released as primarily a bug-fix to the "Helix" series.
2 February 2015 - Kodi 14.1 - 1 Comment

GStreamer Is In Great Shape For 2015 With More Features Coming

Jan Schmidt spoke last week at Linux.Conf.Au 2015 about the State of the GStreamer project and some of their interesting accomplishments recently along with some of they work they have moving forward.
20 January 2015 - GStreamer - 1 Comment

Libav Adds OpenH264 Encoder Support: Good Performance, BSD Licensed

The FFmpeg-forked Libav project has added an OpenH264 encoder wrapper to their libavcodec as an alternative to x264.
7 January 2015 - OpenH264 - 19 Comments

OpenELEC 5.0 Released, Powered By Kodi 14.0

Released this Sunday was OpenELEC 5.0 as one of the more popular XBMC (now known as Kodi) multimedia Linux distributions.
28 December 2014 - OpenELEC 5.0.0 - 2 Comments

Kodi 14.0 Released For The Holidays - Formerly Known As XBMC

Kodi, the rename of XBMC, is out with its first release under the new branding. Besides changing names, Kodi 14.0 brings a number of improvements to this popular open-source multimedia center software.
23 December 2014 - Kodi 14.0 - 14 Comments

FFmpeg 2.5 Brings Animated PNG, WebP Decoding Support

The latest major feature update to FFmpeg is now available for use by multimedia open-source applications.
4 December 2014 - FFmpeg - 3 Comments

FFmpeg Is Returning To Ubuntu With 15.04 Release

While FFmpeg has been absent from recent releases of Ubuntu Linux due to the switch over to Libav, with Ubuntu 15.04 it will return.
20 November 2014 - FFmpeg - 18 Comments

OpenELEC 5.0 Prepares To Take On Kodi, Runs With LibreSSL

The first beta of the OpenELEC 5.0 multimedia focused Linux distribution is now available for testing. OpenELEC 5.0 is to be aligned with the upcoming Kodi 14 that's the re-branded XBMC.
6 November 2014 - OpenELEC 5.0 Beta

Wayland Support Starts Coming Together For VLC Media Player

Users of the VLC multimedia player will be happy to know that the Wayland support is coming along for those wanting to abandon their X.Org Server.
16 October 2014 - VLC - 7 Comments

XBMC/Kodi 14 Alpha 4 Brings EGL + GLESv2 To X11

Kodi, the open-source multimedia software formerly known as XBMC, is out with a new alpha release in preparation for its inaugural v14.0 debut.
5 October 2014 - Kodi - 8 Comments

XBMC/Kodi 14 Is Going To Be Mostly About Cleaning Up

XBMC, which renamed itself to Kodi, is out with a new alpha release for the Kodi 14 media center software. While XBMC 13 introduced a lot of new features, Kodi 14 is going to be mostly about minor refinements.
1 September 2014 - Kodi 14 - 5 Comments

XBMC 13.2 Released, One Of The Last Before Kodi

XBMC 13.2 has been released as one of the last "Gotham" series bug-fix releases before the project renames itself to Kodi.
19 August 2014 - XBMC Gotham

MPlayer2-Forked MPV Player Releases v0.5 With A Lot Of Features

The open-source MPV Player software that's derived from MPlayer2, which in turn is a fork of MPlayer, is out with a new version.
12 August 2014 - MPV 0.5 - 11 Comments

XBMC Is Being Renamed To "Kodi"

The XBMC project has shared with us that they're renaming the project entirely to something very different in order to no longer reflect its past Xbox Media Center name.
1 August 2014 - XBMC - 22 Comments

The FFmpeg vs. Libav War Continues In Debian Land

An FFmpeg package is closer to reaching Debian after years of being rejected in favor of its forked libav alternative, but not all are happy with FFmpeg's reappearance.
29 July 2014 - FFmpeg - 59 Comments

MPV 0.4.1 Brings Various Bug Fixes

The MPlayer-forked MPV multimedia software is out with a new stable release.
13 July 2014 - MPlayer - 51 Comments

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