Kodiculious Review | LAS 357

Kodiculious Review | LAS 357

Is Kodi the one true open source home theater system? We look at the latest release of Kodi, formerly known as XBMC. Discuss the projects current state, and what the future release holds.

Plus the BQ Ubuntu Touch devices runs into some GPL issues, Microsoft’s Secure Boot policy change, our picks & more!

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Kodi 14.2 Helix

Kodi 14.2 Helix – Release Candidate | Kodi

We are proud to announce the release candidate of Kodi 14.2 in which we further try to improve stability. As you may all know by now, we have a new name, a new logo, and a wide variety of new features, but underneath the new coat of paint remains the same software we all love. 14.2 will become the the second and final bug-fix release in the Helix range. As we have mentioned in our Kodi 14.0 release announcement, we will be releasing these extra releases to squash down any issues left after the first big release. Below you will find a list of fixes so far. In the Kodi 14.1 release announcement you can find the sum up of previous fixes done in the Helix range.

Fixes so far
  • * Fix: Application stopped responding on Windows
  • * Fix: Gap-less playback on MP3
  • * Fix: Playback of rtmp protocol
  • * Fix: Scanning of newly added episodes
  • * Fix: Fix multipath source scanning
  • * Fix: Loading external subtitles in some cases
  • * Fix: packaging of PIL module on Android. This fixes some script error when using weather add-on
  • * Fix: Fix video playback on all platform after refresh rate change
  • * Fix: Various bugs that were present in PVR add-ons.
  • * Fix: Save weather location
  • * Fix: Fix filtering of foreign add-ons
  • * Fix: FTPS handling
  • * Fix: use LastWrite instead of ChangeTime for file system on Windows
  • * Feature: Bump OSX SDK to 10.10

Kodi 14.2 Release Candidate Available

Kodi 14.2 Helix is a stable bug-fix release over the existing Kodi 14 series. The 14.2 version is the second and final planned bug-fix release before Kodi 15. With today’s Kodi 14.2 RC there’s a handful of bug-fixes.

HOW-TO:Install Kodi for Linux – Kodi

The installation instructions within this section reference repositories that are officially sanctioned by Team Kodi.

Downloads | Kodi

Kodibuntu – Kodi

XBMCbuntu is a combination XBMC/operating system for use on PCs that are mainly just running XBMC. It is an alternative to installing Windows or a larger (and sometimes more complicated) Linux-based OS.

Kodi is a free, open source (GPL) multimedia player that originally ran on the first-generation XBox, (not the newer Xbox 360), and now runs on devices running Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Android and iOS. Kodi can be used to play/view the most popular video, audio, and picture formats, and many more lesser-known formats, including:

  • Video – DVD-Video, VCD/SVCD, MPEG-1/2/4, DivX, XviD, Matroska
  • Audio – MP3, AAC
  • Picture – JPG, GIF, PNG


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Desktop App Pick


Pithos Screenshot

Pithos is a native Pandora Radio client for Linux. It’s much more lightweight than the Pandora.com web client, and integrates with desktop features such as media keys, notifications, and the sound menu.

Weekly Spotlight

Document Freedom

Document Freedom Day (DFD) is the international day to celebrate and raise awareness of Open Standards. On this day, people around the globe come together to run local events and let the public know about freedom of information accessibility. Join us by attending an event close to you, help spreading the word or see other ways of how to get involved.

Linux Action Show at LFNW | Offical LAS 2015 Shirt

We are releasing another set of LAS shirts in preparation for LinuxFest Northwest which is at the end of April 2015! We hope to color Bellingham Technical College with LAS supporters donning their favorite Linux podcast!

Our Past Picks

These are the weekly picks provided by the Jupiter Broadcasting podcast, the Linux Action Show.

This site includes a separate picks lists for the “Runs Linux”, Desktop Apps, Spotlight Picks, Android Picks, and Distro Picks.

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Windows 10 to make the Secure Boot alt-OS lock out a reality

Should this stand, we can envisage OEMs building machines that will offer no easy way to boot self-built operating systems, or indeed, any operating system that doesn’t have appropriate digital signatures. This doesn’t cut out Linux entirely—there have been some collaborations to provide Linux boot software with the “right” set of signatures, and these should continue to work—but it will make it a lot less easy.

The BQ Aquaris Ubuntu Phone’s Kernel Appears To Be A Toxic Mess

Carsten Munk of the Mer Project and Chief Research Engineer of Jolla has raised some concerns about the Linux kernel used by the BQ Aquaris E4.5 smart-phone running Ubuntu Touch. The kernel appears to have module source-code marked as confidential and other markings that would not comply with the GPLv2 license of the Linux kernel.

In a blog post out today, the Linux Android-based kernel used by Ubuntu on their first smart-phone is difficult to find the official source tree. When finding a kernel source tree for the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition Phone, Carsten was greeted by many “confidential and proprietary” statements from MediaTek, the company whose SoC is powering the phone. In other modules are confidential and proprietary licenses from other vendors too.

Hi all,

Some of you might have seen today’s blog post from Carsten Munk, from the
Mer project, where he pointed to conflicting comments in the kernel sources
of the Ubuntu phone for bq devices.

We are working with bq to understand the situation and planning to publish
the final E4.5 Ubuntu edition sources next week. We are confident that
these will address any questions raised by the preview source tree.

Thanks to everyone who expressed their concerns and your patience as we
resolve this.


When asked for source code, MediaTek asks for money. They literally charge a Licensing Fee to device manufacturers for Linux Kernel source code.

DuckDuckGo 2015 Open Source Donations

We just made our Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) donations for 2015, totaling $125,000 across five projects. Thank you for all the community nominations.

Our primary focus this year was to support FOSS projects that are bringing privacy tools to those who need them. We chose four projects we think are of paramount importance to achieving that goal

ownCloud Client 1.8 Has Been Officially Released with New Desktop Sharing Feature

“This release brings a new integration into the operating system file manager. With 1.8.0, there is a new context menu that opens a dialog to allow the user to create a public link on a synced file. This link can be forwarded to other users who get access to the file via ownCloud,” says Klaas Freitag in the official release announcement.

BioShock Infinite Now Available For Linux, Demands Binary Graphics Drivers

BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. BioShock Infinite is powered by Unreal Engine 3 and was released for all other platforms in late 2013 while the Linux release is coming one and a half years later. This game used DirectX 11 on Windows while for porting it over to Linux is using eON for translating to OpenGL.



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