Enkele dagen geleden hebben de ontwikkelaars van LinuxMCE de tweede bètaversie van de 1.1-tak beschikbaar gesteld. De nieuwe bèta kan alleen via deze torrent als iso-bestand naar binnen gehaald worden en neemt als download iets meer dan 826 megabyte in beslag. LinuxMCE is in staat om een Kubuntu-installatie om te bouwen naar een volwaardige mediacenter-OS. Het programma bevat een groot aantal tools om programma's op te nemen en af te spelen, evenals een uitgebreide gebruikersinterface om diverse media op het scherm te bekijken. De 1.1-serie van LinuxMCE kent in tegenstelling tot de 1.0-tak een verbeterde installatieprocedure. Daarnaast maakt de mediacentersoftware geen gebruik meer van Ubuntu en Gnome, maar van Kubuntu en KDE. Wat er nog meer veranderd is in LinuxMCE 1.1 beta 2 kan hierbeneden gelezen worden:
What's new with Version 1.1
LinuxMCE Version 1.1 for Kubuntu Feisty represents a significant change over 1.0. The code in LinuxMCE 1.0 was already quite stable, however, many users reported installation issues, too many scripts inherited from Pluto that took over the conf files, a kludgey integration with Ubuntu, and incomplete integration with MythTV. All these are addressed in the new 1.1. We will leave the beta cd on this site until enough people try it out and confirm there are no more installation issues, and then we'll post the actual 1.1 release, hopefully around May 25.Integration with KDE
The biggest change with 1.1 is that it is now based on Kubuntu, not Ubuntu, and integrates with the KDE Desktop. A problem with LinuxMCE 1.0 was that the window manager in the Gnome desktop in Ubuntu does not support compositing and some of the other extensions needed to deliver a rich multi-media experience. Therefore, in LinuxMCE 1.0, Ubuntu and LinuxMCE ran in separate X-sessions, so LinuxMCE could have its own desktop and window manager. However, you cannot have two X sessions both using hardware acceleration, therefore LinuxMCE forced Ubuntu to use Vesa mode, and the integration was messy. KDE, however, does allow use of XFWM, which supports compositing and all the other visual goodies, so now LinuxMCE runs entirely within the KDE desktop and can be installed/un-installed and started/stopped like a normal app, and simply appears as an extra KDE desktop.New installer
Also, the KDE core developer, Aaron Seigo, has confirmed that KDE and LinuxMCE make a nice fit, and the plan is to integrate the LinuxMCE project into KDE for the highly anticipated KDE 4.0 release. Now with LinuxMCE, KDE will also deliver home/media PC users a media-rich experience with lots of eye candy and a 10' UI. Many thanks to AMD, Pluto and Fiire for making the connection, and also for providing a lot of technical assistance.
The new installer includes a utility to test your video cards capabilities, and also caches on the CD the various 3rd party Kubuntu packages LinuxMCE depends on so the installation won't fail if a mirror is unreachable, which was the #1 cause of installation problems with 1.0.New Launch Manager and conf file management
A new Launch Manager allows you to start and stop LinuxMCE like a normal application, and also control the startup sequence. Additionally, whenever LinuxMCE needs to make changes to your configuration, such as setting up network booting for any thin clients, it will make a backup of your existing conf files, notify you of the changes, and let you manually edit them. Thus, for a total Linux newbie, LinuxMCE can still be a fully automated 'black box' solution requiring no knowledge of Linux internals, but it will no longer frustrate advanced Linux users who don't want their configuration settings overwritten.Known issues with 1.1 beta 2
All known issues with the LinuxMCE 1.1 beta 1 released on May 16 are fixed with this beta 2 released May 25. No known issues yet.[break]