Kodi 18.0 released. How to install Kodi 18 media player in Ubuntu Linux. Kodi 18 is released with retroplayer gaming and associated game control support and many playback improvements (audio and video), including improved Blu-ray support.
Kodi 18 release includes approaching 10,000 commits (code chunks changed), more than 3000 pull-requests (collection of commits that were included in one go), nearly 9,000 changed files and around half a million line of code is added.
Kodi is an entertainment hub that brings all your digital media together into a beautiful and user friendly package. It is 100% free and open source, very customisable and runs on a wide variety of devices. It is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and a huge community. Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.
Kodi can play all your music including mp3, flac, wav and wma formats. It has cue sheet, tag reading support and smart playlists for ultimate control of your music collection. Kodi can do Movies too! Supporting all the main video formats including streamable online media, Kodi can import, browse and play your Movie collection with ease. Not only this, the TV Shows library supports episode and season views with posters or banners, watched tags, show descriptions and actors. Great for keeping track of your Progress,
Kodi 18 Changes:
Retroplayer gaming and associated game control support
Digital Rights Management decryption support
New improved music library which enables new ways to explore and enjoy your music collection
Live TV improvements, including support for new back-ends
Binary addon support and the binary addon repository
Android Leanback and voice control
Playback improvements (audio and video), including improved Blu-ray support
“Estuary” skin modifications and changes to the GUI/skinning engine
Revised codebase and build guides
Gets DRM, Mir/Wayland support, numerous video improvements, and build system changes
Of course, there have also been a huge number of other changes, some of which will be invisible to very many users. Bluetooth support, CMake build system, visualisations and screensavers, improvements to the JSON-RPC API, improved code stability, performance. and security (as well as general code clean-up in many core areas), remote control changes, web interface changes, logging changes, dependency changes… the list goes on.
Install Kodi 18 in Ubuntu
Run the following commands in terminal to install Kodi 18.0 in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 16.10 and other Ubuntu Derivatives:
$ sudo apt remove –autoremove kodi kodi-data kodi-bin
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt install kodi