As you may know, Kodi is a free, open-source software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more.
It has support for the most popular audio file formats, including AAC, MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV and WMA, has support for tagging and creating smart playlists, supports all the main video formats, including ISOs, 3D, H.264, HEVC, WEBM, can import movies with full posters, disc-art, trailers et cetera, and even has support for online streaming.
Also, the users can import pictures into a library and browse the images, watch them as slideshow or sort them.
Last but not least, Kodi can be managed remote via a Web UI, using a JSON-RPC interface and supports hundreds of remote controls and apps that behave on Android as remote controls.
The final version of Kodi 16.1 “Jarvis” has been finally released, bringing a big number of changes, including:
- Never cache addons directories
- Fix typo when calculating forced ratio size
- AndroidStorageProvider: Ignore /mnt/runtime and don’t call Exists all the way every some 500 ms as this will affect performance
- Set of fixes for DirectX rendering
- 20% performance gain on opening EPG guide window
- Add missing libgif.so to the Android package
- Fix Kodi freezing if no ADSP add-on is present
- EventServer security fix by only allowing localhost
- Fix possible lockup when entering EPG grid
- Fix possible problems with rendering on Windows
- Fix possible non working key presses after a key long press
- Don’t do a video chapter skip if there’s only one chapter
- Fix possible lock up by increasing timeout to let screensavers properly exit
- Fix render capture (bookmark images) on certain hardware with DXVA
- Fix problem in ZeroConfBrowser that could cause problems on exit
- Fix possible crashes when using VAAPI and DXVA video rendering
- Fix song reported on playback of songs from cuesheet
Up to date packages are available via the XBMC Stable PPA, so installing the software on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17.x, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya and other Ubuntu derivative systems is easy.
All you need to do is add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the needed packages:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install kodi
Also, to install the encode addon, do:
$ sudo apt-get install kodi-audioencoder-* kodi-pvr-*
Optional, to remove kodi, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove kodi*