As most of you know, XBMC began as a hackers project for the original MS Xbox way back in 2002. It’s now 2012, and in all that time not a single major manufacturer has ever shipped hardware that came with XBMC pre-installed. Until 2008, that was virtually guaranteed, as the only way to run XBMC was to have a modded Xbox, which was debatably legal at best. I STILL remember nervously looking around the guy who offered to solder my board, waiting for the feds to show up.
It wasn’t until fairly recently that the idea of “jailbreaking” hardware was deemed legal under the DMCA by the Library of Congress and even that was exclusively targeted at wireless telephones. Most people would find themselves hard pressed to argue that the original Xbox was, in any shape or form, a wireless telephone.
With that said, much has happened since 2008. XBMC is now on numerous platforms beyond the original Xbox. Indeed, Team XBMC no longer recognizes the original Xbox as a valid modern platform. Honestly, the only way to to make an original Xbox really GOOD at modern tasks is to do a full on hardware revamp.*
*Speaking of which, how many people have seen the below video? It’s absolutely incredible. I deeply, deeply want to do something like this. Anyone know anybody at Newegg who wants to sponsor an XBMC on the NEW Xbox 1 rebuild? I have an old, broken Xbox lying around just begging to be put to use for a project like this.
Today, XBMC is on OSX, Windows, iOS… It’s running its own version of LXDE Ubuntu. And, of course, it works on a traditional version of Ubuntu.
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