XBMC installation on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) x86_64 + short review

Now comes the default procedure for compiling, linking and installing. (Adjust the ‘-j’ switch parameter with the value of cores you wanna use for compilation, this could speed things up dramatically 😉 ).
And please also note that this was done on a 64bit environment. It’s possible (but IMHO not very likely) the whole procedure behaves differently on other Debian-derivatives and/or 32bit systems.

make -j4 && make -j4 install

Now start XBMC:


XBMC comes up, you can see the main menu

xbmc on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)
xbmc on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)

If you use a nVidia GFX-card, and you have twinview running, you can choose the screen where XBMC should start. Else it starts on the left and right slitted into two pieces.


If you don’t know if you’re using TwinView or not, just look into /etc/X11/xorg.conf. You should find something similar in the Screen section:

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Device0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
Option "TwinView" "1"
Option "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "DFP-0"
Option "metamodes" "CRT: nvidia-auto-select +2054+0, DFP: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24

Of course TwinView is not the only possibility to use both screens, But I don’t know if it works for Xinerama the same way (feedback welcome).

2 thoughts on “XBMC installation on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) x86_64 + short review

  1. Excellent!
    Thank for the TwinView command. I was going crazy trying to figure this out. Also, thanks for the Nvidia xorg as well. I knew the Nvidia applet didn’t work, but the lines you’ve provided helped out tremendously.

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