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XBMC-based embedded Linux distro debuts on HTPC mini-PC
Oct. 21, 2011

The OpenELEC project released an embedded Linux OS designed to run XBMC Media Center home theater PC (HTPC) software on x86 PCs. OpenELEC 1.0 offers a footprint of 80-130 MB, boots in less than 10 seconds, and is now available pre-installed on the Xtreamer Ultra mini-PC.

OpenELEC (Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center) incorporates version 10.1 of the XBMC multimedia HTPC hub platform, which underscores the Linux-compatible Boxee platform, as well as Linux distributions such as the Ubuntu-based XBMC-Live. Unlike XBMC-Live, OpenELEC is not built on another Linux distro, but instead is a minimalist, embedded distribution with homegrown code.

Based on the soon-to-be-released Linux 3.1 kernel, as well as 1.10.4 and Mesa 7.11, the distro fits into 80MB to 130 MB of space, making it ideal for USB key activation, according to the project. OpenELEC is also claimed to boot in less than 10 seconds.

For the full story, including more details on the new OpenELEC-ready Xtreamer Ultra mini-PC, see our OpenELEC coverage on LinuxDevices.

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