Goodbye OSX, hello Ubuntu!

ubuntu_mac_miniBecause of some features in the latest stable XBMC release I felt the urge to upgrade my XBMC install from 12.3 to the latest stable version. Somewhere I have read XBMC 13 “Gotham” had dropped support for OSX 10.6, so I decided to migrate to Ubuntu, because my old Mac mini didn’t support a newer release of OSX.

Situation before:

Hardware: Mac mini 1,1 (2006 model)
Operating system: Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard
Media Player software: XBMC 12.3 “Frodo”

The Mac Mini is equipped with a Core Duo 1.83 CPU and 2G memory, but more important, it has the Broadcom Crystal HD card on-board (BCM70015). Have a look at this older post about that subject.

New situation:

Same hardware
Operating system: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS i386
Media Player software: XBMC 13.2 “Gotham”

Installation

I had to burn the Ubuntu desktop image ‘http://releases.ubuntu.com/14.04.1/ubuntu-14.04.1-desktop-i386.iso’ to a DVDR to boot the install media. I have tried different USB drives, but none worked. To boot from a alternate media press alt/option key when restarting the Mac.

During partitioning you must be aware of creating a EFI boot partition.

Apple remote

It took me some time getting the Apple remote (A1165) to work as I was used to. I followed the guide on this page:

http://teknogeekz.com/blog/?p=422

Instead of using the mentioned github git://github.com/Evinyatar/atvclient.git I used git://github.com/janisc/atvclient.git. The first one didn’t work for me.

It took me some spare time, but the result is satisfying!

2 thoughts on “Goodbye OSX, hello Ubuntu!

    1. Hi Jorge,

      Basically I did the following to install the atvclient that worked for me:

      git clone git://github.com/Evinyatar/atvclient.git
      cd atvclient
      ./configure && make
      sudo make install
      sudo cp atvclient /etc/init.d/atvclient
      sudo update-rc.d atvclient defaults
      sudo /etc/init.d/atvclient start

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