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Msg n°1 MessageSujet: Hello Kodi 14 GoodBye XBMC Hello Kodi 14 GoodBye XBMC Icon_minitimeDim 3 Aoû - 10:46

XBMC Is Getting a New Name – Introducing Kodi 14
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We are excited to announce that the media center software we’ve all loved for so many years will have a new name, starting with version 14. Instead of XBMC 14, we’d like to introduce you to Kodi 14.
Since 2002, the software known as XBMC has gone through three namings. First, it was called Xbox Media Player. Upon realizing that it did a bit more than your traditional media player, in 2004 the development team elected to rename it Xbox Media Center. A mere 4 years later in 2008, the team once again elected to rename the software to simply XBMC, given that it had moved on from its original roots on the Xbox. Support for the Xbox was dropped shortly thereafter. Today it’s all happening one last time.
Real World Problems
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.
Legal Problems
Beyond the nonsensical nature of the software’s name, there is a secondary issue. Because “XBMC” was originally based on the name Xbox, the developers of the software (that’s us) have never had any sort of legal control over the use of its name, which has resulted in a whole slew of problems.
In the past few years, we have seen the mass confusion that resulted from this lack of control first hand. Users have been fooled into wasting money buying boxes running hacked and typically broken versions of XBMC. News sites and blogs have gotten caught in confusing language numerous times. Unrelated fan communities, often founded under the best of intentions, have found themselves under attack, simply because no guidelines existed to simplify the process of clearly distinguishing themselves from the XBMC Foundation. What’s more, the Foundation itself and all of its developers have always operated under a potential legal threat from other companies that did have a legal trademark in a similar name. And that legal threat has actually gotten more problematic in recent years.
Because all these problems have been getting more and more pronounced, the Foundation decided to review its options with the help of the legal team at the Software Freedom Law Center. In the end, it was decided renaming the software that we all love so much was the most realistic solution. We’ve done it twice before. We believe this time Kodi will be the name we can keep forever.
Results of the new name Kodi
The average user will see little difference with the new Kodi. The software will remain the same. Users will get to keep using the software however they like. The code will remain licensed under the GPL 2.0. We even intend to stick with our current numbering scheme. Our next release will be titled Kodi 14. Indeed, the most significant difference for most people will be a slightly altered splash screen on boot up.
For companies, fan sites, and add-on developer sites, this name change should actually make work substantially easier. The XBMC Foundation has elected to wholesale adopt the policies of the Mozilla Foundation with regards to distribution and trademark licensing. For more information for web hosts and hardware vendors, see our Trademark Use FAQ (currently a work in progress). Simply put we are happy to remain incredibly permissive with the 3rd Party use of the Kodi name, so long as that use doesn’t confuse other users and the community. The FAQ and Trademark Policy should help you navigate exactly what “confusing” means to us.
The Last XBMC Shirt Ever
Hello Kodi 14 GoodBye XBMC XbmclastshirtBecause of your generosity in t-shirt sales, straight-up donations, and word-of-mouth evangelizing, this project has lasted for 12 years and through four different names, and with your help, we all believe it can last twice that long again. So we figured we’d offer a t-shirt to commemorate the name change.
There’s only one thing. The image at the top of this article is not the final logo. We are working with doghousemedia to truly realize an awesome logo, and we aren’t quite there yet.
So instead of offering a bit of swag with the new name, we figured we’d offer the exact opposite. This is it. The last XBMC shirt or related piece of merchandise we’re ever going to sell.
 
 
Conclusion
There’s still a long ways to go in the renaming process. A ton of code has to be changed to reflect the new name. So many websites, webpages, social networks, and other things have to be updated. Much of the trademark legalese needs to be reviewed by the lawyers and government officials. The logo has to be finished. Needless to say, the upcoming Kodi developers conference this year is certainly going to be intense as we work through these issues. But we believe that with your support and the support of the whole community, Kodi, the media center or entertainment platform or whatever you choose to call it that we’ve all come to love will be even stronger than it was before.
Thank you all for your support, now and in the future. In the comments below, we’d love to hear your thoughts, whether they be about how you first discovered XBMC/Xbox Media Center/Xbox Media Player, or about what you think of the new name.
Kodi 14.0 “Helix” alpha 2
As a bonus, you can grab the first Kodi 14.0 “Helix”alpha2 build from our download page. The complete feature and changes list will follow in several other announcements. Going more in depth on all changes.
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Msg n°2 MessageSujet: Re: Hello Kodi 14 GoodBye XBMC Hello Kodi 14 GoodBye XBMC Icon_minitimeLun 24 Nov - 9:06

Kodi, le nouveau XBMC, se trouve un logo

    Il y a quelques mois de cela, une annonce bouleversait le monde des media centers : le changement de nom de XBMC pour Kodi, suite à des histoires juridiques pas très intéressantes. À ce moment-là, l’annonce était accompagnée d’un petit logo temporaire, une image bricolée rapidement pour marquer le coup mais qui ne constituait en aucun cas le logo final de Kodi, comme l’indiquait bien la fondation.

Aujourd’hui, c’est donc de ce logo dont il est question, puisque Kodi en a enfin un à son nom. Un logo simple, épuré, et qui est le résultat de toute une série d’étapes qui ont notamment vu une participation très importante de la communauté. Parce que c’est aussi ça le monde de l’open-source finalement.
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Tout commence par le changement de nom de XBMC pour Kodi, où l’équipe se rend compte qu’elle aurait pu en fait demander l’avis de la communauté, largement impliquée dans l’avancée et l’état du projet. C’est ainsi que la fondation a l’idée de demander à la communauté son avis sur le nouveau logo.
Et le moins qu’on puisse dire c’est que l’idée a eu du succès : plus d’une centaine de propositions ont ainsi été lancées !
Un sondage a alors permis de récupérer les propositions les plus populaires, que la fondation a présenté à la boîte de design Doghouse Media. La mission de cette dernière était simple (sur le principe) : mélanger ces propositions pour en faire une qui convient au plus de monde possible.
Et voila donc le résultat : un simple texte « Kodi » accompagné d’une icône représentant un K sur fond bleu. Sobre et efficace, ce nouveau logo change de l’ancien et c’est bien ça qui était recherché.
Les propositions faites par la communauté ont d’ailleurs eu un autre effet : l’une des propositions les plus populaires consistait en une animation, et l’équipe de développement souhaiterait donc maintenant faire en sorte que l’écran de démarrage de Kodi soit une animation. Proposer des idées d’animation est ainsi la nouvelle mission de la communauté qui devrait voir le résultat dans la version 15 de Kodi (la prochaine étant la 14).
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Msg n°3 MessageSujet: Re: Hello Kodi 14 GoodBye XBMC Hello Kodi 14 GoodBye XBMC Icon_minitimeLun 1 Déc - 19:39

Kodi 14 Helix media center release candidate launched (formerly XBMC)
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The popular cross-platform, open source media center application formerly known as XBMC is about to enter a new phase. The first release candidate of Kodi 14 Helix is available for download.
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As a release candidate, this build has all the features that you’ll find in the final version of Kodi 14 but there may be some bugs to squash before it moves from release candidate to release.
The first thing long-time XBMC users will notice is the new name and logo: the team moved away from XBMC in order to have a name that would be easier to trademark. The move also means that users who are upgrading from an earlier build will have their library and add-ons migrated to Kodi, which can make reverting a bit tricky — so make sure you know what you’re doing before you upgrade.
Other new features are a bit more exciting including support for H.265/HEVC and VP9 codecs which should allow for video files that are half the size while offering the same quality as H.264 videos. Kodi uses FFmpeg software for decoding these files, so if you have a system with a slow processor, you may not be able to take full advantage of this feature.
The Kodi team says library scanning is also now faster, there’s better support for UPnP servers such as PlayOn and MediaBrowser, users can now prevent add-ons from automatically updating, there’s support for an adjustable on-screen keyboard, and there’s a new skin for XBMC on mobile devices.
The Android app nw supports hardware-decoding of 4K videos on devices with Amlogic S802 chips, and there’s support for Freescale i.MX6 processors as well. Other changes include improved support for AirPlay andsupport for ATSC sub-channels for American users of Kodi’s PVR features.
You can download the latest release candidate of Kodi 14 for Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, and other platforms from the Kodi website. Or you can still get the latest stable build, which is currently XBMC 13.2 Gotham.
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