Xbox Media Centre is being ported to Linux

At long last a answer to my question, from the Linux port project,

 Currently, a few developers on Team-XBMC have begun the porting of XBMC to Linux (and OpenGL using the SDL toolkit). The goal is for this to become a full port of XBMC with all the features and functions that are available on the Xbox version of XBMC with the exception of Xbox exclusive functionality as Trainers, launching Xbox Games, and such). This is a huge task which is why we are now making this public request, seeking C/C++ programmers to volunteer in assisting us with this Linux porting development project. Whether you have contributed to The XBMC Project in the past or not, please consider doing so now.

Note to XBMC end-users! Please understand that this Linux port project is not yet mature enough for you as an end-user to play with. We can not yet give you an ETA as to when it will be useful for end-users. Respect that we can not accept any bug-reports or feature/function-requests for this Linux port yet. If you as end-users have any questions or need to get something off your chest about this then please direct that towards the existing XBMC Linux port end-user discussion topic-thread in our community-forum.

Yes as you can all see Xbox Media Centre is being ported to the GNU/Linux operating system. This is great news because it will be able to play on those nice little shuttle PCs you can buy, give MythTV a real kick up the ass in regards to user-friendly-ness and maybe be possible to run on exotic hardware like the Playstation 3? Every day I can't imagine watching media without XBMC. I helped a friend of mine get his xbox working with the latest version of xbmc this weekend. It was amazing to see the old Xbox media player of many years ago. Things really have progressed forward very quickly, I'm sure we'll be laughing at xbmc 2.1 when 4.0 version comes to town.

Its a real shame whats up with the xbox media centre isn't up to date because theres a load of changes in the later beta builds (its weird to think its even a beta really). I installed one of the July betas and have been impressed by the general speed of the interface. It also copes 720p Xvid with AC3 in my copy of Sin City.

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