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Upgradeing XBMCbuntu

I use XBMC as my entertainment center and had XBMCbuntu install on a ZBOX ID41.

The XBMCbuntu was based on an 12.10 version of ubuntu (maybe lubuntu).

As 12.10 was going out of support I couldn’t install XBMC 13.1 from the XBMC’s PPA. I had to compile it my self. I tried to compile but forgot some setting related to the ION chip set. Not at big success and I decided it was not worth the hassle to compile every time I need to update XBMC.

I decided to try lubuntu as it is a small distrio of Ubuntu.

I made an USB key and booted lubuntu from the USB key to see if everything looked fine and it didn’t seem to be problem to install lubuntu on the ID41.

From the desktop I installed lubuntu and to my big surprise it asked me if I wanted to upgrade from XBMCbuntu 12.10 to lubuntu 14.04.
What! That can’t be possible??? But let’s give it a try…

During the install everything was left at default except I enabled auto login to prevent having to login when I started the computer.

The only problem was when I typed in the computer name. Lubuntu notified that there was another computer with the same name. But as my DHCP server register all my devices so they get the same IP address when they start I knew it was just finding it self. After a reboot there wouldn’t be any problems.

I rebooted and lubuntu started up and to my big surprise everything worked fine.

I just had to add the XBMC repository (http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Installing_XBMC_for_Linux) and then install XBMC.

The remote didn’t work and after installing LIRC everything was back to normal.

A logout and login to the XBMC desktop and my entertainment center was back to normal. You can select the XBMC desktop in top right corner at the login screen.

Well there was problems that need to be solved but it was the same problems I had with XBMCbuntu. One was the computer would not suspend but I will write about that in another post.