After many years of development, the GeeXboX team proudly announced a couple of days ago, September 17th, the immediate availability for download of the final and stable release of GeeXboX 2.0, the perfect MediaCenter distribution for HTPCs.
GeeXboX 2.0 is now available for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures (see download link at the end of the article), but it also adds support for the ARM TI OMAP4 Pandaboard and the ARM nVidia Tegra2 Harmony platforms.
Dubbed Love It or Shove It, GeeXboX 2.0 boasts quite a few exciting new features. It is now powered by the popular XBMC Media Center, as the default frontend.
"This new GeeXboX 2.0 release is the accomplishment of hours, days, months of efforts from a lot of people. It is radically different from the 1.x series and, sorry to disappoint some of you, will not provide the same level of services."
"Some features however have vanished. among them, one can note that support for DVB Digital TV cards has been removed (but will come back shortly), support for V4L Analog TV cards has been deprecated (this time dead once for all), GeeXboX unique ISO generator also has perished (not that useful anymore), as well as legacy HDD installation." - was stated in the announcement.
Highlights of GeeXboX 2.0:
· Linux Kernel 18.104.22.168;
· Xorg Server 1.10.3;
· XBMC Media Center 10.1 frontend;
· Mesa 7.11;
· Systemd 29;
· BusyBox 1.19;
· Connman Network Manager 0.76;
· OPKG Package Manager 0.18;
· USB persistent user data storage;
· Support for TV shows and movies with subtitles;
· Support for Music collections, Pictures and Slideshows;
· Blu-Ray (unencrypted), CDDA and DVD support;
· Support for Media Database;
· Internet TVDB and MovieDB metadata, and artwork grabbers;
· ALSA 22.214.171.124;
· Support for SPDIF, HDMI and Analog output devices;
· Support for nVidia, Intel, Matrox, VIA and ATI GPUs;
· Support for HDMI, LCD and CRT output devices;
· OpenGL|ES and OpenGL hardware assisted graphics acceleration support;
· VDPAU, Crystal HD and VA-API hardware assisted video decoding for nVidia, Broadcom and Intel GPUs;
· Support for Synaptics touchpads;
· Support for HID keyboards;
· Support for remote controls;
· Support for NFS shares;
· Samba auto-discovery support;
· DLNA and UPnP media discovery support;
· ZeroConf services announcements support;
· HTTP and FTP server support;
· Lots of skins!
GeeXboX is a very small (approx. 70 MB) Live USB distribution based on a very popular Linux multimedia player, XBMC Media Center. GeeXboX is made for watching movies and viewing photos on your PC, even if you don't have a hard drive.
Because it's so small, GeeXboX boots in only a few seconds, so you can enjoy hard drive movies, DVDs and photos on your PC, as GeeXboX will run entirely from RAM and will offer you a very nice and intuitive interface.
Download GeeXboX 2.0 right now from Softpedia.