XBMC is starting next version called Kodi




The developers behind XBMC have given the cross-platform media center software a new name. The software is called version 14 Kodi. Want to bring developers especially its links with the original name, Xbox Media Center, finally disconnect.

For the time being it is only a name change, so write the developers Friday in a blog post. “The software is the same and the code available under the GPL 2.0 license,” they explain. In addition, the original numbering is retained. This implies that Kodi goes where XBMC 13 remained and thus inherits version 14.

According to the team behind the media center software is the motivation behind the name change is twofold. First, they want all ties with the Xbox, which the software was written. Originally in 2002 This happened in recent years already cautious; the final project name, XBMC, was in fact in use, because the popular media player already running on multiple platforms in 2008.

Nowadays even running XBMC on the latest Xbox versions, the 360 ​​and the One. In addition, users can now also play games with extensions. This would except ‘Xbox’ the term “media center” no longer cover the load. “In essence, both the ‘XB’ and ‘MC’ simply had no meaning any more.”

Secondly, as to motivate the developers their decision, the change is important for the control of the use of the name. Previous years would have been because, because media players were sold with the name XBMC on it for example. “Much confusion” These were actually to modified versions of software manufacturers who had nothing to do with the original software. Like the devs now occur in their own words. Confusion

Finally, there are several companies with a similar name as XBMC. This would be a legal dispute can work, with the name, by definition, is threatened in the hand. “And that threat is only in recent years become more problematic,” according to the developers, which further give few details about it.

After deliberation, the team also decided that it is better to give the media center software, a completely new name, so in one fell swoop all problems to be finished. “Renaming the software was the most realistic solution., We have done it before and believe that this time Kodi is the name that we can keep forever.” Kodi 14 is expected to be out in December.


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