When XBMC 11 came out last year, it was the first release of the HTPC software after Boxee decided to exit the market that they themselves helped to build. This release of XBMC may have contained few new additions to the overall system, but it served as a reminder of Boxee’s own roots as an XBMC fork, and that XBMC was still a great piece of software. Since then we’ve had the release of the Raspberry Pi, and thanks to distros like RaspBMC and OpenELEC working on the mini-computer, XBMC has come back into the limelight as the open source media centre of choice.
Now we finally have the release of XBMC 12, and this time there’s a lot of new functionality in the release. While there’s the minor codec updates such as Hi10p/10-bit video playback (somewhat important for those keeping up with anime), the major changes come in the form of specific Raspberry Pi support and Live TV/PVR functionality. If you’ve been using the aforementioned RPi distros, you’ve already been using some of the compatibility code from the development versions, however the final version makes it easier for anyone to use it.
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