XBMCbuntu (formerly XBMC Live) is an open source and freely distributed operating system based on the world’s most popular distribution of Linux and built around the widely used XMBC Media Center application, now known as Kodi.
Available for download as a 64-bit Live CD
The distribution is available for download as a Live CD ISO image that runs only on modern computers supporting the 64-bit (amd64/x86_64) instruction set architecture. The ISO image can be written on a CD, DVD or USB media, so you can easily boot it from the BIOS of a PC.
The distribution can be permanently installed
From the Live CD boot menu, you can try the XBMCbuntu operating system without changing anything on your computer, permanently install the distribution with or without fixed DPI, boot from the first disk drive.
In addition, you can check the disk for defects (only if booting from a CD or DVD media), access a help screen with detailed information about boot options, as well as to access advanced options, such as the graphical or command-line expert installers.
It’s based on the upstream XBMC Media Center 13 release
Currently, the Live CD will drop users to a login screen, where they must use the “xbmc” username (without quotes) to login. No password is required. Be aware the you must own a supported video card in order for the XBMC Media Center to work properly.
It can be used in persistent mode from a USB stick
The best feature of the XBMCbuntu operating system is the persistent mode, allowing users to save settings and reuse the live environment whenever they want. For this to work, you must write the ISO image to a USB flash drive of 1GB or higher capacity.
The future of the XBMCbuntu distro
As you might know, XBMC has been renamed to Kodi on August 2014. Therefore, the XBMCbuntu distribution will also get a name change starting with the next release, version 14.0.