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The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

Soulskill posted about a month and a half ago | from the lessons-in-picking-a-name dept.

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An anonymous reader writes: Citing the problems caused by the lack of legal control over the current name and its long outdated origins as the reasons for the change, The Xbox Media Center team announced that they will switch the project's name to Kodi when version 14 is released later this year. If you're wondering how they picked the name Kodi, here's what they said: "We considered a TON of names. We had a number of requirements for the new name, such as being reasonably pronounceable in various languages and not be a mouthful to say, not be used as a trademark for someone else's media-related product, be easy to remember, etc. The group came up with a list of names and had our lawyer go over them. We then got back a smaller list that had been checked for various legal issues, and then we voted on the final name."

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Like the German discount store Kodi? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590585)

Good choice, guys.

Re: Like the German discount store Kodi? (1)

Jeff Deptola (3693575) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590649)

Is that discount chain a media related product? Because if it's not then it meets their criteria.

Re: Like the German discount store Kodi? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590813)

We'll just call it Lord Smoked Meats and Fishes's Media Center.

Re: Like the German discount store Kodi? (2)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590837)

Is that discount chain a media related product? Because if it's not then it meets their criteria.

It might, but that's still silly. If they were based in Germany and came up with "K-Mart" as their name, Americans would mock it. Let's work with people as they actually exist.

Xtreme Broadband Media Center or whatever would have kept the momentum.

Re: Like the German discount store Kodi? (0)

BronsCon (927697) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590931)

Xtreme sounds too much like Xfinity. In fact, Comcast's 105Mbps cable internet offering is named Xtreme. I'm sure they wouldn't care, though.

Re: Like the German discount store Kodi? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591603)

To that extent, just about any pronounceable 4 letter combination has been used in some country somewhere, so good luck finding something that does not mean something in some language and is still available in most.

Re: Like the German discount store Kodi? (1)

Columcille (88542) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591261)

Any name you pick is going to mean something to someone somewhere. Deal with it, pick the best possible name, move on. Kobi works well enough.

Re: Like the German discount store Kodi? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591281)

Kobi works well enough.

Obviously not well enough since you couldn't even remember the correct name.

Re: Like the German discount store Kodi? (5, Funny)

NemosomeN (670035) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591691)

Stop being an asshole. They aren't even using the name yet, so it's not surprise that people aren't familiar with it yet. Once Godi is released and people are using it, you can try to gauge how memorable the name is.

Re: Like the German discount store Kodi? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591675)

except for Japanese vegetarian

What a ridiculous name (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590589)

Kodi? It sounds like codeine. I guess I'll celebrate the next upgrade of my media center by filling my glass with purple drank and putting on some Lil' Wayne.

Re:What a ridiculous name (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590613)

Kodi? It sounds like codeine. I guess I'll celebrate the next upgrade of my media center by filling my glass with purple drank and putting on some Lil' Wayne.

I thought it sounded more like a white trash male child name. "Kodi, get in here! Yer mom's back isn't going to wax itself!"

Why shouldn't something for the XBox... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590605)

be called XBox? It just makes sense.

Re:Why shouldn't something for the XBox... (3, Insightful)

BronsCon (927697) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590943)

Because it hasn't been for the XBox for quite some time now.

Re:Why shouldn't something for the XBox... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591013)

From the Wiki page:

" a media center application named "Xbox Media Center" for the original Xbox game console"

That isn't XBox? I guess you're using the neocon definition of not.

Re:Why shouldn't something for the XBox... (2, Informative)

rpresser (610529) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591131)

If you cared to actually read the rest of the fucking article, you'd realize that it's been several years since the software was even COMPILABLE for the original Xbox. Idiot.

Re:Why shouldn't something for the XBox... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591329)

I feel sorry for your mental handicaps :(

name changed, userbase lost (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590609)

I herd XMBC project closedown. Uninstall.

This naming trend has to stop (5, Insightful)

epyT-R (613989) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590651)

Why is it that OSS projects always seem to pick names that are, at best, obscure, and at worst, completely nondescriptive, yet have cutesy sounding names? I think it started somewhere around 2000. Please stop. Pick more functional names so I don't have to explain to people, "no, dolphin is the file manager and konqueror is the browser.'

This also applies to libraries too. For example, anyone know what 'liborc', 'libnettle', 'libenchant', 'libmagic' or 'libcanberra' are without looking it up? I just picked these at random from /usr/lib. There are plenty more.

Stop. Using. Cutesy. Names.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590667)

So that's why Microsoft is the Winner. Everything has an obvious name like "Word" and "Office" and "Media Player"

Re:This naming trend has to stop (1)

epyT-R (613989) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590677)

Not that simple, but at least the terms are either obvious or intuitive enough for most to make the leap.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591077)

Microsoft has the benefit of being a market abusing behemoth with a large legal department. They get to play by a different set of rules than the rest of us. That's why Microsoft gets to get away with using trademarks that never should have been allowed.

Smaller organizations actually have to obey the rules.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (3, Insightful)

arielCo (995647) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590745)

Zune. Bing. Works. Visio. Vizact.

And lastly, Bob.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590923)

Zune sounds like "tune". Easy to remember and easy to tell it's for media. Name was discontinued two years ago.
Bing = "Bing Is Not Google". Easy to remember.
Works is very obvious. If you can't tell what it's for by name, then you have brain damage. Product was discontinued seven years ago.
Visio sounds like "vision", as in "having a vision", which is exactly what the software facilitates the development of. Easy.
Vizact hasn't been around in fourteen years.
Bob hasn't been around in nineteen years.

Vizio (3, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590965)

Visio sounds like "vision", as in "having a vision", which is exactly what the software facilitates the development of. Easy.

To me, Vizio means "TVs and computer monitors", like the VX32L TV that I'm using as a second monitor for my laptop as I type this very comment. And Vizio makes smart TVs, whose firmware would compete with what is now called Kodi.

Re:Vizio (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591025)

To me Vizio means low-grade, crap TV that all of the sports bars use because they are cheap.

Visio on the other hand means a flowchart planner.

Re:Vizio (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591633)

I am tempted to spend some mod points, to that the brainless editors of ./ who have not seem any brand outside that is thrown down the basement stairs, of course they never heard of Vizio

Re:This naming trend has to stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591405)

Bing = "Bing Is Not Google". Easy to remember.

Well, they got that one right. It is not Google, and it will never be, no matter how hard they're pushing fingers in their ears and how loud they scream "lalalalalalalalala" :)

Re:This naming trend has to stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591703)

I'm not sure why Microsoft would ever degrade Bing to being Google. In case you just woke up, Google search, like all Google products, has been getting worse all of the time.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (1)

BronsCon (927697) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590963)

All failures. Except, maybe, Visio, though I don't know anyone who actually uses it. I have a friend who own a Zune; he won it, used it once, and it's been holding down the bottom of his sock drawer ever since. You were trying to highlight OP's point, right?

Re:This naming trend has to stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591113)

Contradict it, actually. Observe:

So that's why Microsoft is the Winner.

You yourself wrote "All failures".

Everything has an obvious name like "Word" and "Office" and "Media Player"

All of those examples are non-obvious names.

The post he replied to is rated 0 and was probably hidden for you, so I suspect that you missed it and assumed that he was replying to the post above it. Am I right? That would make your own reply make more sense.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (1)

BronsCon (927697) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591359)

I moderate; therefore I browse at -1. Word, Office, and yes, sadly, Windows Media Player are very widely used applications; they're the winners in their fields (okay, Media Player may take a back seat to iTunes for iDevice users), which is really painful for me to admit, since I don't use any of them. The products arielCo listed, not so much.

The OP I was referring to was the AC with the 0-rated post. And I, personally, think Office and Media Player are pretty obviously named; Word, slightly less so, but "word processor" is near the top of my list of guesses. Everything in arielCo's post, on the other hand, is an example of a non-obvious name, associated with a failed or failing product, further highlighting the point made by the 0-rated AC post, that products with obvious names are more successful.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (2)

karnal (22275) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591291)

I use Visio a fair amount for network diagrams.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (3, Funny)

BronsCon (927697) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591311)

Is it cool if I claim to know you? Then, I'll know someone who uses Visio, which will make it the exception that proves the rule :)

Re:This naming trend has to stop (2)

karnal (22275) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591327)

Fine by me!

Re:This naming trend has to stop (4, Funny)

dbraden (214956) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591419)

Nice, you now have Karnal knowledge!

Re:This naming trend has to stop (1)

BronsCon (927697) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591435)

If only I could post and moderate in the same thread... +1, bro... +1

Re:This naming trend has to stop (1)

karnal (22275) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591485)

But it was lawful, so... there's that.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (1)

BronsCon (927697) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591587)

Though, if you'd said no, I'd have done it anyway.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591075)

Visual Studio, despite what its name suggests, is not an art or graphic design tool like - for example - Photoshop (which, in turn, is not used for buying or selling pictures)

Re:This naming trend has to stop (1)

arielCo (995647) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591147)

Well, to be fair "shop" also means a place where things are crafted or repaired (compare with "workshop"). Visual Studio is visual in its design methodology, but no so much a studio.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (5, Interesting)

ihtoit (3393327) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590805)

Access (obviously a password management tool). Excel (clearly a standardised testing suite). Powerpoint (specialised electrical/electronic interface tool). SQL (who the hell knows what this is?). Outlook (Ah, this is obvious - a weather app).

Janus, Snowball, O'Hare, Memphis, Daytona, Cairo*, Whistler*, Longhorn, Vienna.

*Cairo was the codename for NT4.0 and Whistler the codename for xp, but x and p are the Greek letters chi and rho. Mind blowed yet?

I like the OpenOffice/LibreOffice naming convention for the suite components: Write, Draw, Impress, Base, Calc, Math. I mean, how user friendly do you want it?

Re:This naming trend has to stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590897)

If you pronounce SQL as "squeal" it's much more obvious what it represents.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (3, Funny)

ihtoit (3393327) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590903)

a FUFMe programming interface?

Structured Query Language (1)

tepples (727027) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590995)

SQL (who the hell knows what this is?).

SQL is Structured Query Language [wikipedia.org] , an ISO standard since the 1980s. "Microsoft SQL Server" is as generic after the first word as "Windows Media Player". Other well-known products implementing subsets of the same standard have names like "SQLite", "MySQL", "PostgreSQL", and "ORACLE Database" (allegedly standing for "One Rich Aristocrat Called Larry Ellison").

Janus, Snowball, O'Hare, Memphis, Daytona, Cairo*, Whistler*, Longhorn, Vienna.

Codenames like these were not intended for use by the general public. For example, Whistler was renamed to "Windows XP" and Longhorn to "Windows Vista" before the release candidate stage.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590671)

So you basically want every project that does the same thing be named similarly? I see how that would not be confusing at all! I mean, when I want to talk about the media player, I'm talking about the media player, not the media player. Joking aside, you need unique, clearly distinguishable names, not only for better search results, but for trademarking purposes.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (1)

epyT-R (613989) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590691)

Sure beats apps with names that leave you guessing their purpose, esp when exposed on user interfaces. At least xbox media center describes exactly what the project is.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (1)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590725)

"ERROR

Your product name must be at least 8 characters long, contain at least 1 of each of these: upper case letter, lower case letter, number, unprintable symbol, smilie-face, must not have meaning in any language and sound kind of cute."

Re:This naming trend has to stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590953)

Then you name it "Kodi Media Player" or "Kodi Cinema", not just "Kodi", which is completely useless.

Re: This naming trend has to stop (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591085)

The temp logo does say Kodi Entertainment Center.

Re: This naming trend has to stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591137)

KEC! Awesome.

Re: This naming trend has to stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591321)

And that is perfectly fine. The Slashdot article wasn't clear about that.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590699)

I don't know those other libraries, but libmagic is for doing things with magic numbers.
Can't get much more descriptive without giving it some ridiculously long name.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (5, Insightful)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590737)

This is the post Google age. You have to pick a nonsensical name so it will show up uniquely in a Google search. I'm a musician for example, and the days of naming your band something like "The Doors" is dead. That name would literally kill any chance you had at success in todays world.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (4, Funny)

ihtoit (3393327) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590817)

ah bollocks, time for the second choice then: The Roof Shingles.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (2)

PRMan (959735) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590739)

Dolphin IS a browser. On Android. Which is an OS, not a robot.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591149)

It's also a gamecube/wii emulator.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (2)

Guy Harris (3803) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590803)

Pick more functional names so I don't have to explain to people, "no, dolphin is the file manager and konqueror is the browser.'

Yeah, "Safari" and "Opera" are such more functional names for a Web browser than "Konqueror".

(And "Windows Explorer" is such a functional name for a file manager; it doesn't at all sound as if somebody tried to give it a name reminiscent of their Web browser.)

Re:This naming trend has to stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590993)

Yeah, "Safari" and "Opera" are such more functional names for a Web browser than "Konqueror".

They aren't better names and that is reflected in the fact that nobody uses them. You've just weakened your own argument with that statement.

The number one web browser is still Internet Explorer.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (2)

Guy Harris (3803) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591073)

Yeah, "Safari" and "Opera" are such more functional names for a Web browser than "Konqueror".

They aren't better names

If you seriously think I was suggesting that they were better names, you really need to go get your sarcasm detector re-calibrated.

and that is reflected in the fact that nobody uses them.

Presumably by "nobody uses them" you mean "nobody uses those browsers", and by "nobody uses" you mean "most people don't use".

However, you have not demonstrated that there is any connection between the lower market share for those browsers and their choice of name.

Much of Safari's lower market share may be due to its low market share on Windows, an OS to which it was a latecomer and may never have had a chance to be a contender.

You've just weakened your own argument with that statement.

You've just demonstrated that you don't even understand the argument by everything you've said here.

The number one web browser is still Internet Explorer.

According to NetMarketShare [netmarketshare.com] , but not according to StatCounter [statcounter.com] or W3Counter [w3counter.com] .

(And the statistics for mobile browsers are a bit different.)

Re:This naming trend has to stop (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591245)

Backpedal harder. I called you out, put you in your place and now I'm grinning as I watch you pathetically try to weasel out of your own contradiction.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (1)

2fuf (993808) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590971)

Cutesy eh? I like the sound of that. Would give a nice, hip ring to my app for filing tax returns.

Re:This naming trend has to stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591183)

Why is it that OSS projects always seem to pick names that are, at best, obscure, and at worst, completely nondescriptive, yet have cutesy sounding names?

Lawyers.. Helllllooo... It's right there in the summary..

Re:This naming trend has to stop (1)

maliqua (1316471) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591747)

applications have had random non function relational names for years, libraries shouldn't i agree but no matter what, this makes more sense than still going with the xbox media center, which works on everything except xbox's these days

Work (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590655)

Most important piece from the story,
Now I have to rename my media server from XBMC-PC...

Redefine (3, Insightful)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590663)

Couldn't they have just redefined the acronym?

'Xenon Based Media Center'.. something something... It does not have to make sense. Just shorten it back to XBMC. There. No more trademark violation.

We don't even know what the X in xbox stands for either. No one cares.

Re:Redefine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590713)

We don't even know what the X in xbox stands for either. No one cares.

Yes we do, the name was derived from a contraction of DirectX Box.

Re:Redefine (1)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590733)

Which does not answer the question what the X stands for either, now does it?

Re:Redefine (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590747)

X is placeholder for 3D, Draw, Sound, Music in Direct3D, DirectDraw, DirectSound, DirectMusic.

Re:Redefine (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590793)

Then why didn't they call it DirectVII or DirectIIX?

Re:Redefine (0)

westlake (615356) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590821)

Couldn't they have just redefined the acronym? 'Xenon Based Media Center'.. something something...

It's too late in the day for such a simple-minded solution to take hold.

A Google search for "X Box Media Center" returns 426 million hits. "XBMC" 4 million hits.

Re:Redefine (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590947)

"X Box Media Center" with quotes = 496,000 results

Re:Redefine (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591757)

XBMC already was known as just "XBMC". It wasn't an acronym for years. The "issues" with xbox were a smoke screen. The real issue was with a company called BMC Software who told them to change their name "or else". Anything with *BMC was the issue. Microsoft had nothing to do with this. XBMC does not want to mention BMC Software because they settled out of court to change the name They can't say anything about BMC Software.

X Square Circle (1)

tepples (727027) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590833)

Xbox 360 == X Square Circle [uncyclopedia.co] . Can't be unseen.

Re:Redefine (1)

Dan Askme (2895283) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590987)

Couldn't they have just redefined the acronym?

'Xenon Based Media Center'.. something something... It does not have to make sense. Just shorten it back to XBMC. There. No more trademark violation.

We don't even know what the X in xbox stands for either. No one cares.

^^ This.
The new name has nothing to do with XBMC or what it stands for. They may of well as called it Cloud, oh hail the buzz word that means fuck all and everything thats networked, at the same time.

Kodi seems like a bit of a joke when the char Name[0] went +1;

Xtra Bananas Monkies Claim

Re:Redefine (1)

TBoon (1381891) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591349)

Or if they "need" a name-change for whatever reason, why not XMBC (eXtendable Media Based Center)?.

I've found myself accidentally calling it that already because it is easier to say, and no messing around with meaningless "shiny" names like pointed out elsewhere.

This is what happens to you bitches... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590683)

This is the result of fucking with Medusa. Don't you dare fuck with Medusa....
 
That bitch will your faggot honky ass to stone!

Re:This is what happens to you bitches... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590721)

Medusa is a faggot's wet dream. So many snakes to suck on.

sounds like an outpost planet (3, Interesting)

turkeydance (1266624) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590687)

i blame Exxon, they started it. Esso was so sublime.

Re:sounds like an outpost planet (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591487)

I remember when they did this. It was the first time I was aware of that a computer was used in the naming process. IIRC they had an algorithm that generated inoffensive names that did not violate trademarks, that would have high recognition value, and had some sort of similarity to the original name. The computer went through 100s of thousands of names, came up with 100 or so that might work, Exxon was chosen from that group. I immediately thought it was just the sort of unaesthetic name a computer would come up with. It was offensive to me in its complete lack of personality. I still don't like it.

Dogshit name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590777)

Kodi? What a dog shit name. I won't run that.
Why not just stick with XBMC and say it no longer stands for anything?
-donkey

What a judge will accept (1)

tepples (727027) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590849)

Kodi? What a dog shit name.

Bear [nookipedia.com] , not dog.

Why not just stick with XBMC and say it no longer stands for anything?

A judge might not buy that excuse.

Re:What a judge will accept (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591441)

Why not just stick with XBMC and say it no longer stands for anything?

A judge might not buy that excuse.

On what grounds? It is their name and in that form it violates no law. The artist formerly knows as "X Box Media Centre". Now represented by a meaningless "love symbol" that has no pronunciation, but people read as "Prince" anyway.

Re:What a judge will accept (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591773)

Oh the grounds that a company called BMC Software threatened XBMC over just the letters. It had nothing to do with xbox.

I renamed mine "Chromecast" (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590791)

plus NAS plus DLNA plus Android phone plus Localcast. Works like a treat, the entire family is thrilled.

XBMC couldn't even get the mouse cursor to work (I bought a wireless keyboard/accel-mouse for it) without closing the bug "get a better GPU".

Wish the Open Source solution could have been what the family room needed.

Re:I renamed mine "Chromecast" (1)

CRCulver (715279) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590809)

XBMC couldn't even get the mouse cursor to work (I bought a wireless keyboard/accel-mouse for it) without closing the bug "get a better GPU".

What in the word do you need a mouse for in XBMC? It is meant to be controlled with a television remote control, a smartphone app, or a web browser on another device. You don't even need the keyboard except when XBMC's scraper requires manual intervention.

Re:I renamed mine "Chromecast" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591259)

Kind of hard to search for movie/music/picture/YouTube video titles and play games with only a TV remote. You do know that XMBC is capable of much more than simply viewing movies in sequential order, right?

Re:I renamed mine "Chromecast" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590991)

Weird, what issue were you having?

Looooong time XBMC user here (since back when it was Xbox Media Player), and I've never seen an issue with cursors across manifold hardware.

Not saying it didn't happen, just curious how it occurred.

or "Ouya" (1)

dltaylor (7510) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591001)

I've got an Ouya, specifically to run XBMC. Runs pretty well with both the controller and a keyboard+mouse, except that the mouse speed is a bit high. Yes, it could use GigE and USB3.0, but running from the NAS it's fast enough and upscales what I've used, so far, in real time. Haven't found a good Linux Blu-Ray-to-stream converter, so no testing with those.

Kodi means flag in Tamil. (4, Interesting)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590819)

There was this long discussion in that site about the meaning of Kodi and whether or not it is suitable for this package. Kodi means flag, (the flappy thing that flutters from a flagpole flag, not flag meaning getting tired). That is if you say kodi like you say "midi" in the midi-skirt. If you say it more like ko-die it would mean an umbrella or a donation. I don't know much else about the software.

My names (1)

future assassin (639396) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590869)

Awesome Media Center
Xenu's Base Media Center
Awesome Like Beer Media Center

Re:My names (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590925)

We already have an Awesome WM, and it's horrible to google it.

While they are getting rid of bad legacy things... (1, Troll)

digitaltraveller (167469) | about a month and a half ago | (#47590937)

Drop the requirement for the 3D graphics card, since it's NEVER EVER used for anything remotely 3D graphics related.
Don't get me wrong, it's a great way for someone who doesn't know any better to run their CPU at 110% using software emulation, but otherwise a bad decision for their target market.

Re:While they are getting rid of bad legacy things (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591211)

Pretty much every user interface technology built in the past 7-8 years requires a hardware graphics card.

What's in a name? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47590959)

Don't really care what they call it, still will continue using it as it's a pretty decent media centre front-end. Quite like openelec as well.

What were the Other Options? (1, Interesting)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591071)

"Giant Douche" and "Turd Sandwich"?

Re:What were the Other Options? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591209)

LAW#L

My Recommendations for an Acronym (1)

houindcon (3737045) | about a month and a half ago | (#47591241)

- Xcellent Basic Media Center
- Xstensible Brilliant Media Center
- X11 Bitchin' Media Center
- posiX, But others too, Media Center
- Xquisite Basic Media Center
- Xpert Basic Media Center
- Xpertly Built
- Xquisitely Built...

I could go on... I'm with the others here that say they should have just kept the damn acronym. It's bad enough that we have to keep track of name changes that occur when projects change leaders or get forked. Businesses often stick with dumb names because it's better for their reputation. I feel like it would have been easy to keep the acronym. I'm disappointed. I think it sucks that I have to call it Kodi now. XBMC sounds cool to me like XMMS. I dunno.. I'm old :(

Kodi makes sense.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47591749)

Since they'll never listen to users screaming for them to Kodi in some better buffering.

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