XBMC Server Update, SCALE, and Other Notes

Posted By: Nathan Betzen on Feb 05, 2013 in Site News

Now that some of the excitement of the XBMC 12 release has blown over, we need to take a moment to handle some maintenance and take a look at the very near future.

Server Update

First up, this Sunday (Feb. 10th) starting at 2100 UTC (1PM PST), we are finally going to deal with the ever increasing popularity of XBMC by upgrading servers and moving the forums onto a completely separate server from the XBMC.org blog, downloads, and the wiki. This way, when tech blogs and other news sites from all over the internet point to us, the massive load (375,000 page views on the blog alone last Wednesday) will not affect the support and development discussions in the forum.

From the user perspective, nothing will change, except there should be fewer forum (and blog) crashes. With that said though, if forum.xbmc.org and xbmc.org are acting glitchy at all on Sunday, there’s a reason.

We’d also like to thank WebHostingBuzz for generously sponsoring an additional server to help us bear the load.

SCALE

Once again, XBMC will be attending SCALE in sunny Los Angeles, the weekend of February 22-24th. This year, we plan on showing off some pretty exciting hardware at our booth, including the Pivos XIOS DS, PVR in action, and – with luck – an Ouya Dev Box.

Cory Fields (theuni), Keith Herrington (keith), Ned Scott (nedscott), and Nathan Betzen (natethomas) will be manning the booth, where we plan on having some awesome, never before seen XBMC swag. Additionally, Nathan will be giving a talk ongrowing online software communities at 11:30am on Friday.

We’d love to see you all there, and to help make that happen the SCALE organizers have agreed to help out the XBMC community. If you enter the promotion code XBMC during registration, you can get 50% off your full access pass for the weekend.

There are no plans for an XBMC user meet up this year, but if enough of you speak up in the comments, we could definitely look into arranging one.

Clearing Up Confusion

Recently we’ve noticed a fair amount of confusion about what software is offered by Team XBMC and the XBMC Foundation. To clear up that confusion, we’d like to direct everyone to the XBMC Software page, which lists all the software XBMC officially supports. If you happen to run into some software that is not on the list that appears to be offered by XBMC, don’t hesitate to ask about it in the General Discussion area of the forum.

We’d also like to take this time to ask the operators of all XBMC fan sites and related sites that use the name “XBMC” to include an official disclaimer, preferably on the front page, but at a minimum on your About page and on any software you distribute and on any official press releases that includes the following language: “(Insertname) is not connected to or in any other way affiliated with XBMC, Team XBMC, or the XBMC Foundation. Furthermore, any software, addons, or products offered by (Insertname) will receive no support in official XBMC channels, including the XBMC forums and various social networks.” We believe that language will effectively clear up most confusion. We would also appreciate if any users who come across a site that uses the XBMC name without this disclaimer to inform us either on the forum or via ourcontact page.

Updated Forum Rules

Finally, to make the lives of our moderators easier, we’ve updated the forum rules. The goal with this update was to better spell out acceptable general conduct, clear up rules on no solicitation, and reduce unnecessary clutter and spammy behavior. Those of you who spend a lot of time in the forum are encouraged to check these rules out to make sure you are in compliance. We hope that this update will make the forum overall an easier place to read and navigate. And because we believe the forum is ever changing, comments and suggestions for alterations to these rules are open in theForum Rules Update thread.

Conclusion

That just about wraps it up. If you are planning on attending SCALE in about three weeks, definitely let us know, either in the comments or on one of the social networks. We’d love to see you guys!

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Discussion - 20 Comments

  • James Jarvis Feb 05, 2013 

    When I read the headline I was hoping on an update for XBMC Server, a new product similar to Plex.

  • Jeremy Feb 05, 2013 

    Here’s hoping that an Ouya box is at SCALE. Pre-ordered one and would love to hear how XBMC is coming along with it.

  • skilogram Feb 06, 2013 

    @James Jarvis
    2nd that… This would be the last piece of the puzzle for me. Judging my last 10 years experience with Team XBMC, every request and desire I have had has been heard, answered and acted on. I’m so thankful the team are all paid millions of dollars for their efforts.

  • vikjon0 Feb 06, 2013 

    James Jarvis :
    When I read the headline I was hoping on an update for XBMC Server, a new product similar to Plex.

    Me too. Maybe next time!

  • George Martinez Feb 06, 2013 

    @vikjon0 Damn, I had the exact same thought. One day soon….

  • Henrik Skare Feb 06, 2013 

    James Jarvis :
    When I read the headline I was hoping on an update for XBMC Server, a new product similar to Plex.

    Haha also me…must be the XBMC-hivemind projecting this to us :P

  • Jochem Feb 06, 2013 

    Guys, this by no means a perfect XBMC server, but it’s getting some of the job done: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=132919&pid=1262063#pid1262063

  • Jakke Feb 06, 2013 

    Will you show of the QNAP TS-x69 Pro and TS-x69L NAS with integrated XBMC support at SCALE too?

  • stacked Feb 06, 2013 

    I want to go to SCALE this year. Is the “Full Access Pass” worth the extra $?

  • Dan-Inge Feb 06, 2013 

    What about updating the pages? Like the skin-page..

  • natethomas Feb 06, 2013 

    Jakke :

    Will you show of the QNAP TS-x69 Pro and TS-x69L NAS with integrated XBMC support at SCALE too?

    Nope, but QNAP was actually there last year and will likely be again ready to show off some XBMC goodness.

  • Jonzey Feb 08, 2013 

    insert**** lol

  • Maxi Feb 08, 2013 

    Hi ! A little suggestion for the team: since the introduction of Github I feel like there’s a disconnection between the less-technical fans and the developers, in terms of the future of XBMC. I think that to have a roadmap showing what the team is focused on/thinking on (like the one previously shown at trac) would be great. Unfortunately Github is not a roadmap, is a list of very detailed & technical description of SW changes, but does not provide a real sense of where XBMC is going to…

  • Tacoguy Feb 08, 2013 

    I’ll be going to Scale this year. I’ll see you guys there.

  • Damian M.Smith Feb 08, 2013 

    Any plans to update FRODO soon to run ong ATV2 iOS 5.2

  • Justin Garrison Feb 09, 2013 

    I’ll be at SCALE. See you guys in a couple weeks.

  • DedTV Feb 10, 2013 

    Maybe a good time to archive some of the Subforums in the Skins forum? Some of the skins that have subforums haven’t been updated since Dharma. Many others have long since been abandoned by their creators and are being kept alive only through a hodgepodge series of hacks. And many of those aren’t Frodo compatible.

    It makes it very confusing and there’s tons of posts every day from people who think XBMC is broken because they’re trying to load up a skin that hasn’t been updated in 2 years that, due to it having a subforum of it’s own on the official forums, they believe is compatible with the current version of XBMC.

  • Bart Otten Feb 11, 2013 

    “any software, addons, or products offered by (Insertname) will receive no support in official XBMC channels, including the XBMC forums and various social networks.”

    I understand the idea behind the disclaimer, and will respect the wish. However, this part seems a it out of place as many addon developers (even not in the official repo) have a support topic at XBMC.

  • nedscott Feb 11, 2013 

    @Bart Otten
    It’s just a disclaimer for people who use “XBMC” in the name of their site. Though it should probably say “won’t receive any official support” or something like that.

  • Rob_300z Feb 12, 2013 

    Nice it’s blazin fast..thanks xbmc team…13.0 v soon…lol

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