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Hi everyone, I hope you're all have a great American Thanksgiving!

Thanks to those that have been testing snapshots and installs, etc.  We do appreciate that.

I need to take a moment to remind everyone that 1204 is the *ONLY* version that we are actively trying to work on and, hopefully, support.

If you are installing a version of linuxmce that is NOT Ubuntu 1204 then we expect you to troubleshoot your own problems.  Period.  We *may* answer questions if we have direct answers.  Some people have been trying to personally contact devs over twitter or via private messaging to solve your problems.  Don't do this.  It will piss us off and we won't want to help you anymore.  There is a reason I don't publicize my contact information.

If you have a problem and it is not with 1204 please help us by solving your problem and posting the solutions.  If you are unable to solve your issues then please install the 1204 release and report your specific problems in trac.

We appreciate testing and welcome patches to solve problems.  If you wish to contribute contstructively please see the sticky's in the Developers section about trac commits for submitting bug reports.  Bug reports in trac are the only way that developers will actively track issues.  Please use it.



Users / Changes
« on: November 21, 2015, 02:40:37 am »
Hey all,

Just wanted to give a heads up to those that are testing 1204 (or 1404 if you are brave).  There are a bunch of changes that have been commited recently to improve some of the integrated software and to unify the service start/stop enable/disable mechanisms across all of the current distributions and architechtures.

Let us know how things go.  I'm hopeful that things will be smooth.  Things always crop up that are unexpected though.

Happy LMCEing!


Users / Running on X86, ARMHF or AMD64 hardware - it is possible.
« on: November 12, 2015, 11:11:39 pm »
Hey everyone,

There has been lots of great things happening in the world of ARM devices recently and I wanted to point everyone to an 'example' setup of LinuxMCE.  This system uses a low-power odroid xu4 armhf core running ubuntu trusty and multiple low-power RPI2 devices as media directors.  You will also notice there is a 64-bit ubuntu trusty media director running in this system.  This example setup is the production system in my house.

Have a look at and you can see a brief overview of the setup.

While this type of configuration is still not 'officially' supported I wanted to share with people some of the hardware platform capabilties that I have been working on.  I now know of 2 persons running cores on an odroid xu4 so far, and we're both happy.  Thanks to merk for donating the xu4 for development.

I'm happy to answer questions from anyone about my system.

Happy LMCE'ing!


Users /, are back up
« on: October 23, 2015, 09:52:29 pm »
Hey all, we're having some issues with our new server it seems.  Installs and updates are not possible at this exact moment.  We'll get things restored as soon as possible.


Users / New repository server and source updates
« on: October 14, 2015, 04:43:32 am »
Hey everyone, I just wanted to give a heads up that may experience a couple of hiccups over the next 24hrs as we migrate to a new server.  The new server is faster and has more storage so we can continue to develop across 2 distributions (ubuntu/raspbian) with 4 development releases (precise/trusty/wheezy/jessie) on 3 different architectures (i386/armhf/amd64). 

The installation system has been through a massive overhaul.  New DVDs will come out soon for precise and trusty testing.  Thanks to everyone that has been testing!  We can't do this without your help.

Happy LMCEing!


Users / New RPi Raspbian Jessie Image available
« on: September 24, 2015, 05:54:22 am »
There's a new raspbian jessie RPi sdcard image available.  This will boot on either an RPi1B+ or an RPi2.  I *highly* recommend the RPi2 as the RPi1 cannot handle all of the functions of a MediaDirector.  You no longer need to create a diskless image for RPi, the device runs as a 'Disked' MD rather than diskless.

Check out the download info on the wiki at

Happy LMCE'ing!


Users / RPi1 broken - DO NOT UPGRADE! - Partial solution found.
« on: September 21, 2015, 07:20:37 pm »
Hey all,

Just a heads up that we've found an issue recently with RPi1 PXE boots.  The Raspberry Pi foundation recently pushed a new kernel which is using device tree blobs on the raspberrypi 1.  This has broken the u-boot booting process as it was designed and built prior to device tree support on the raspberry pi.

Do NOT create a new diskless image as the new kernel will be there and will prevent booting after announcement to the router.



Users / DVD Installs are working -- Use either install method - Thanks.
« on: September 06, 2015, 02:08:31 am »
Hi all, the DVD snapshots are broken atm.  They install just fine but are missing some pkgs that are causing havoc communicating on the internal network side.  The network based installs are very robust and should result in a working hybrid.

Thanks for your patience while I work through these new installation upgrades.


Users / Changes to packages and install procedures, whew.
« on: August 28, 2015, 06:15:45 am »
Hi all,

I hope that you are all enjoying LMCE as much as I tend to. I wanted to let everyone know about some pretty major changes that are occuring in the system.  This is meant both to inform and to solicit feedback as we go forward.

To date the LinuxMCE system has been a bit of a pain to install.  We have required an officilal installer script that you would run after installing ubuntu.  It has long been a goal of mine (and others) to remove this requirement and make the system install more like a normal ubuntu package.  Today we are very close to that.  I am working vigorously towards the ability to simply 'apt-get install lmce-blah'.  This allows us to more closely align with debian policies (something we want to do more of) and allows for easier integration into the ubuntu ecosystem.

I know that for some this could cause issues.  I, and others, hope to minimize any issues that might occur.  That doesn't mean that there won't be some 'growing pains' as we move forward.  We urge anyone that is testing on 1204 (or 1404 if you are really brave) to provide feedback.  IRC feedback is ideal but the forums here are a good place if you cannot access IRC.  If something is determined to be a proper bug (as is often the case) we will have you (or one of us) file a ticket in trac.  Trac is locked down for anonymous submits due to *massive* amounts of spam.  We still want your bug reports and would be very happy to grant trac access to submit tickets and information (code submissions are still relegated to devs only).

Going forward the plan is to support simple installation through normal apt procedures.  This would entail adding the lmce repo to the /etc/sources.list and then apt-get install blah package to install the remainder of LinuxMCE.  Tests are so far very successful and in the next day or two we will ask others to begin testing this procedure.  After that DVD installers will follow with the hopes that they too will work as easy (or easier) than they have been.

Many small install bugs are being squashed with regards to network setup and general installation.  Hopefully we can improve the setup further to reduce any issues that people may experience.  Some issues may be known, others not.

As always testing is really, really, appreciated.  Please follow: for changes to LinuxMCE packages.

Happy LinuxMCE'ing!


Users / LinuxMCE Rpi2 alpha testing
« on: April 18, 2015, 01:14:01 am »
Hey all,

I wanted to let you all know that Rpi2 development has been speeding along as quickly as possible.  We now have Rpi2 MDs booting in LinuxMCE on 1204 and 1404 cores.  We currently use UI1 but we are still working towards a qOrbiter based MD as well.

Our Rpi2 solution is built completely on Ubuntu Trusty ARMHF so we support almost everything that standard i386 LinuxMCE supports, the exception is some newer game emulators and diskless MDs.  Video, Audio, Games (up to PS1 emulation should be possible but not yet tested), HDMI-CEC control should all be working.

Because we build for Rpi2 on Ubuntu Trusty rather than Raspbian Wheezy we support all ARMv7 cpu instructions, which permits faster execution of many applications than the Raspbian equivalents.  We also support newer libraries for many common functions like audio and video decoding than the Raspbian equivalents permit.

Please follow instructions at

Please file tickets if you encounter issues (somewhat expected at the moment), join us in IRC to talk one-on-one or respond here for any issues you may have.

Happy LMCEing!


Users / 1204/1404 HAL replacement !!! Please read!
« on: March 21, 2015, 02:19:48 am »
Hey there LMCE'ers!   :o

A major change within the linux community has driven a need for a change to the hardware detection methods within the lmce smart home automation system.  This change will affect all users of LMCE1204 (Ubuntu Precise) and up, including the pre-pre-alpha LMCE1404 (Ubuntu Trusty).

The linux community dropped support for hald (the hal daemon) which provided hardware detection events and information to applications, including lmce, for many years.  This change happened about 4 years ago.  LMCE has been sheltered from the changes because Ubuntu has maintained support for hald through the 1204 LTS release.  As of Ubuntu 1404 LTS hald has been discontinued completely.

In order to maintain our level of automatic hardware detection, and ultimately improve it beyond its' current capabilities, hal detection is being replaced with udev based device detection with appropriate device detected/removed event notifications for dcerouter.

udev is the hardware event notification system that has replaced the hald (hal daemon) in the general linux community.  udev has been incorporated into the new systemd (system daemon) which is becoming the standard for boot managment and service launching under the linux kernel.  LMCE will also support systemd launching in the near future.

In the next few days we will be pushing an updated version of the HAL daemon that linuxmce uses to detect devices.  The HAL daemon was named for its interface to the hald.  The updated version of our HAL daemon will now interface with udev directly rather than hald.  The package in question is "pluto-hald".  At the moment the pkg name will not change to avoid issues with upgrades.  Eventually the package name will change to reflect the new "lmce-" package naming convention.

Once the update is deployed you will need to
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apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
your lmce core and MD devices to receive the new device detection system.  I am doing everything I can to mitigate issues that people may encounter during this upgrade process and I can offer the following observations so far:
  • Some devices may trigger the Setup Wizard to appear.  This is usually the Wizard confirming that the new device is actually the old device.  i.e.  My Zwave dongle is re-detected (due to changes in device identification) but recognizes that it is actually the old (original) device and simply requests confirmation of that fact.
  • GSD devices may need to have their serial ports reset (as they may be lost) and saved, followed by a router reload.  No issues have been observed after this with serial devices.

As always we ask you to remember that this is ongoing alpha software with very few developers contributing.  If you have any issues please file tickets in the trac system (contact posde in IRC for credentials).  Please watch to follow changes to the 1204 development version, including when this change hits release.

Thanks everyone and enjoy LinuxMCE!


Users / Happy New Year!
« on: January 01, 2015, 08:25:04 pm »
Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all have a great 2015!

To start your year off right I would like to announce Blu-Ray disc playback is now available in LinuxMCE.  This is still in early stages and there are some system bits that still need to be flushed out but the basic functionality is there now.

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sqlcvs update your dce repo
apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get install libaacs-data-installer libbdplus-data-installer

This will get you completely OSS BD playback.  Many discs manufactured before 2012 will play but lots will not.

To add a closed source package that will allow you to play back most discs you can then

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apt-get install makemkv-bin

This will automatically replace the OSS libs and use the closed source makemkv package.  Please note: MakeMKV is a time limited piece of software, it expires after 30 days and new packages will need to be created and installed.  If you have issues with this you can allways uninstall makemkv-bin and makemkv-oss to return to full OSS playback.

Happy LinuxMCEing!


ps. Just like using libdvdcss to playback DVD discs in Linux using libaacs and libbdplus could be restricted in your region.

Users / LinuxMCE HDMI-CEC control demonstration
« on: November 30, 2014, 11:01:00 pm »
Hi all, I thought I would share a video that Thom requested showing some HDMI-CEC control using a Pulse-Eight HDMI-CEC adaptor and the integration within LinuxMCE.

I'm not one for narration, so there is none, it makes the video a little boring but it does show what is possible.  What you will see is HDMI-CEC control of the TV/Amplifier and a connected PS4.  At the end you will also see an infrared controlled Xbox360 seamlessly integrated in the same setup.  The control is all performed from a Windows Orbiter but you can use any input device MCE remote, qOrbiter, USB game pad, weborbiter, etc, etc to achieve the same control.  This really demonstrates the flexibility and integration possibilities in the system.

All the same control is possible with a connected Raspberry Pi media director as well.



Users / HDMI-CEC control (RaspberryPi and PulseEight)
« on: October 23, 2014, 06:13:48 pm »
I am happy to announce that initial HDMI-CEC control has been added to the Raspberry Pi.  It is now possible to control your rpi MD with your television's remote control.  A compatible television is required.  Control should also be possible from your TV remote if you have a PulseEight HDMI CEC adaptor connected to your non-rpi MD.

Current control is one way, work will continue to add external device control in the future.



Users / NEW Remote Screens for UI1
« on: September 27, 2014, 02:22:05 am »
Hey all!

I wanted to let everyone know that I created two new MediaTypes (np_PVR & np_Playstation) and my wife built new UI1 remote screens for them.  We have also updated the UI1 np_BluRay remote to include more of the standard buttons you would expect of a blu-ray remote.  And we have a WD HT TV Live that we built a remote screen for as well.  There may be updates/fixes and I'll keep this thread updated.,wBmBzld#0 <- Blu-Ray,eICxAKZ#0 <- Playstation (2/3/4),gLkjHxr#0 <- PVR <- HDTV <- XBox (thanks go to tschak909 for creating this screen)

If you have an existing device template that you would like to have utilize the new PVR screens, or you have a blu-ray player and want the new remote screens in 1204:

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apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
then do a 'Full Regen' of all your orbiters.

If you are on 1004 you should be able to access the new screens by:
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apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
then do an sqlCVS Update of the 'dce' and 'designer' repo.  (WARNING: this may break other things, I have not tested this on 1004.  You've been warned.)  Then do a 'Full Regen' of all your orbiters.

I'll try to help any way I can.


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