If you don’t know – XBMC (formerly XBox Media Center) is a cross platform open source media player and entertainment hub – hence the Media Center portion of the name. It’s an all in one entertainment center piece that seems to get overshadowed. Orginally designed for the first Xbox, XBMC is available for Linux, Mac OS X (Leopard, Tiger, Apple TV) and Microsoft Windows operating systems. What no Sony in that list? It supports just about everything from audio to video to third party plugins to various skins to make it ‘yours.’ There is even a plugin for Hulu available. What gets me is the open source part of this. Microsoft and open source go together like…well, Microsoft and anything else. But it is and its very customizable and apparently easy to setup. I have yet to get my hands on it and try it out – but I’m looking at this old Xbox and thinking it finally has a use. The only stupid thing I can see out of this is the name. XBMC Media Center. Doesn’t the MC already stand for Media Center? Check out some mods, updates and how-to’s via lifehacker. Or just visit the XBMC official site it’s pretty extensive with information.
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