XBMC gets rebranded as Kodi, just in time for v14

XBMC gets rebranded as Kodi, just in time for v14
The team behind the popular media center XBMC have rebranded the software as Kodi moving forward, just as the v14 of the media center moves into alpha.

Originally launched in 2002, XBMC launched first as Xbox Media Player (for the original Xbox console), followed by Xbox Media Center and finally XMBC. Despite its roots, the software has never been officially launched for the Xbox 360 nor the Xbox One, making its name quite silly and confusing.



So why the change finally? Reads the blog post: "Six years have passed since the Xbox Media Center became XBMC, and simply put, "XBMC" fits less now than it did even in 2008. The software only barely runs on the original Xbox, and then only because some clever developers are still hacking on that platform. It has never run on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One.

Furthermore, while the software still acts as a media center, it also hosts addons, loads games, streams content to and from numerous devices, and can ultimately act as a complete replacement for whatever platform it is hosted on. Indeed, XBMC today is far more an Entertainment Center than a simple Media Center.

In essence both the "XB" and "MC" simply don't make a whole lot of sense any more."


Additionally, since the team (XBMC Foundation) chose to start the software with Xbox in the name (trademark Microsoft), they have never had any legal control over its use, leading to a plethora of other issues including scammers selling the open-source software in different iterations.

Luckily for fans of XBMC, Kodi will be little more than a name change, keeping the same underlying software and licensing under the GPL 2.0.

Source:
XBMC.org


Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 4 Aug 2014 20:46
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software XBMC Kodi
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  • 8 comments
  • Jemborg

    I assume they'll have an android release?

    Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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    4.8.2014 22:48 #1

  • scorpNZ

    Been available for android for a while unless there's a specific issue your facing
    http://xbmc.org/download/

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    4.8.2014 23:10 #2

  • Burnasty

    raspbmc had such a ring to it. korasp or raspdi just seems weird.

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    5.8.2014 00:32 #3

  • Jemborg

    Originally posted by scorpNZ: Been available for android for a while unless there's a specific issue your facing
    http://xbmc.org/download/
    I just meant the new one. I use a "forked" version for my OUYA all the time. Pretty happy with it really.

    Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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    5.8.2014 02:12 #4

  • scorpNZ

    It will be available only the name is changing so any updates that may be required for bugs for forks etc will most likely be added by those fork devs assuming they keep working on it

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    5.8.2014 13:34 #5

  • A5J4DX

    It will always be known as XBMC to me xD

    5.8.2014 13:44 #6

  • scorpNZ

    ditto

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    7.8.2014 03:37 #7

  • locobrown

    I do not like the name change. XBMC will always be XBMC despite its name change. Just like Rite Aid Drugs stores, to me it will always be Thrifty. Big Lots will always be Pick N Save. For some of us it'll be that way.

    8.8.2014 00:20 #8

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