Nate Thomas from the XBMC development team proudly informed users on March 24th, that the XBMC media center project has reached final 11.0 version.Dubbed Eden, the XBMC 11.0 release has been expected by users for many months now, especially for the highly expected features that were added.
We can mention that it comes with the Rollbacks add-on, it brings improvements to the Confluence skin, incorporates a new JPEG decoder and Dirty-region rendering to provide speed improvements, as well as movie set scraping, better networking support, and better handling of unencrypted BluRay structures and content.
XBMC 11 (Eden) also features additional protocol handling, AirPlay support, and an upgraded weather service that uses the geoip lookup.
Not to mention that this is the first release of XBMXC to support Apple's iOS devices "In addition to our many software improvements, we’ve increased our reach in the realm of hardware support since Dharma was released. Eden marks the first in-sync stable release for the Apple TV2, iPad, and other iOS devices," as stated in the official release announcement.
"We’ve vastly improved the method by which we handle input, including heavily upgrading JSON-RPC support, making remote control support much, MUCH simpler in Windows, and enabling unique methods of device communication with hardware. And now even AMD devices are supported for GPU video decoding in Linux to some extent, thanks to the inclusion of VAAPI."
Moreover, the XBMC Live CD based on the popular Ubuntu OS, called XBMCbuntu, has also been updated, allowing users to boot directly into XMBC, while powered by the lightweight LXDE desktop environment.
XBMCbuntu also comes with the Chromium web browser with built-in Flash Player, and a modern package manager that allows users to easily install and update packages (compatible with the default Ubuntu software repositories).
The new Confluence skin in XBMC 11.0 Eden
Download XBMC 11.0 right now from Softpedia.