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So a few weeks back I found a spare moment to reinstall my media centre with hamara linux. I had to wait for the kids to go out, as you might imagine, the media centre is the most used machine in our house.

The machine itself is a very capable Intel i7 box with 16gb of ram packed into one of these silverstone media style cases.

The slot loading bluray DVD makes the whole thing look particularly elegant! I built this machine to be able to handle the various entertainment needs of the family – from browsing and watching movies to playing games on steam (watch out for a steam on hamara blog post soon).

Anyway, the reinstall was smooth, no issues and was done in minutes (installing to ssd is such a dream!)

So, on to the main purpose of this post. Upstream package a pretty old version of xbmc. This can be problematic, particularly if you want to install plugins, due to compatibility / dependency issues.

Fortunately there is an ubuntu ppa which packages an up to date version of kodi. As hamara is based on ubuntu 14.04 is didn’t expect there to be issues with running packages from that PPA.

Despite a small gotcha which I will explain here, I was right.

I installed the ppa:

sudo apt-add-repository  ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

Now apt-add-repository will install the repo for you, but here is the catch. Whilst we are based on Ubuntu 14.04, we are not exactly the same. The main issue with using an Ubuntu ppa in Hamara Linux is one of codenames. The fix is fairly trivial however.

Edit the file:


Replace the codename “namaste” with “trusty” and save your changes.

Then do:

apt-get update

apt-get install kodi

And you will be back to watching your movies in the comfort of hamara linux ­čÖé