Windows/Mac/Linux/and more: XBMC is a killer open-source, cross-platform media centre, and today they've released XBMC 9.11, introducing a whole new default look and feel, and it's very friendly on the eyes.
Called Confluence, the new look blends some of the best features of XBMC's previous default skin (PM3.HD) with several other popular skins for pretty impressive results. It's definitely a different look from what we've seen in the Boxee beta, but the two media centres continue to deliver really impressive (and most importantly free) offerings.
You can read the condensed changelog on their blog, but some highlights include:
- Better support for multi-monitor setups
- High Definition, Surround Sound, Subtitle Flagging and Filtering in Video Library
- Speed up RAW image loading and handle more file extensions
- Performance improvements to SQLite (database) queries (help is always wanted here)
- Ability to scrape and scan TV Shows into the video library by air-date via TheTVDB.com
If you're an XBMC user, it's an update well worth grabbing. XBMC is a free download for Windows, Mac, Linux, Apple TV, and pretty much anywhere else you want to put it. Also, good news for people who followed our guide to building a silent, standalone XBMC media centre on the cheap: The latest release of the Live version looks like it supports our machines out-of-the-box without custom third-party builds.