XBMC 11 Beta Released

I’ve been jailbreaking my Apple TV2 essentially from the day I got it. My family and I use two main features on it:

Netflix streaming and XBMC.

If you are not familiar with it, this add-on available either as an install via zip or using the ATV Flash (Black) makes your Apple TV into a streaming powerhouse that allows you to access nearly all television content like a DVR. XBMC works on nearly any OS and has been in development for years.

The beta version of XBMC 11 has now been released. Version 11 “Eden” adds lots of new features and improvements to the open source home theater software for both Mac and Windows. See more after the break Continue reading

Apple TV iOS 5 Jailbreak In the Works

I am always amazed at the effort and skill that hackers show whenever there is a new update.

The most recent update on the firecore site states that they already have a tethered jailbreak and are working out other kinks.

This likely means that a full working jailbreak will arrive in the next month or so.

I went ahead and accepted the OTA update to my Apple TV2 when it came out (it is iOS 4.4 on the ATV2, the numbers are still not in sync with the software numbers for Apple phones and tablets).

Wanted to see all the new features. I must say, they were impressive. I liked the Wall Street Journal feed, as well as the the new hockey Feed.

Mirroring from the iPad and other iOS devices will be great for gaming and sharing video and pictures with the family and I really liked the new photo streaming and screensaver options.

All that being said, I have really come to rely on the jailbreak and my XBMC for a great deal of our video entertainment since cutting our cable.

So after playing with the new iOS for a few hours, I re-jailbroke the ATV. This required reverting back to iOS 4.3.

I look forward to having the best of the new Apple software in conjuntion with my hacked add-ons. I am willing to wait a little longer.

Apple TV root XBMC issue solved

I was having all kinds of difficulties with XBMC on my Apple TV2 and was trying to remove it and start all over.

It didn’t work out even when resorting to SSH through terminal.

Then I was able to find a solution over in the FireCore forums.

 

Basically required that I manually remove all the files.

Re: How to deinstall pakages?
liudgervr wrote:

please need some help. Got the same problem.

Apple-TV:~ root# apt-get remove org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2

E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (35: Resource temporarily unavailable)

E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

Apple-TV:~ root# cd var

-sh: cd: var: No such file or directory

Apple-TV:~ root# cd /var

Apple-TV:/var root# dpkg –get-selections > myapps.txt

Apple-TV:/var root# tail myapps.txt

shell-cmds install
sqlite3-lib install
syslogd install
system-cmds install
tar install

uikittools install
unzip install
wget install
zip install
zodttd install

Apple-TV:/var root# dpkg –configure -a
dpkg: status database area is locked by another process

 

What to do?

 

and for the same reason I am unable to install the maintenance update

 

I ran into this same problem tonight, and was able to solve it by removing the package directory manually. It turns out that `rm` was hanging on some files while removing the package directory, so when you try to uninstall again the lock is still in place. If you do a `ps -ef` you should see the offending processes at the bottom like this:

 

0 199 164 0 0:00.28 ttys001 0:00.94 apt-get remove org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2

0 200 199 0 0:00.06 ttys002 0:00.10 /usr/bin/dpkg –status-fd 18 –force-depends –force-remove-reinstreq –force-remove-ess

0 201 200 0 0:00.01 ttys002 0:00.02 /bin/sh /var/lib/dpkg/info/org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2.prerm remove

0 202 201 0 1:49.30 ttys002 2:02.82 rm -rf /Applications/XBMC.frappliance

 

 

To fix this, run `rm -rfv /Applications/XBMC.frappliance`. It will hang periodically on some files, so just pres [Ctrl + C] to terminate the command when you see it stop. Then just rerun the same command and it seems to take off again where the last one failed.

It took me about 10+ times of rerunning that command to remove all the files/directories. Once it’s all gone, you will need to kill the hung `rm` process so that apt-get can fail and remove it’s lock. Just do another `ps -ef` and locate the PID (the second number) for the rm -rf process (mine was 202 above). So I would run `kill 202` to stop the process. Finally just run `apt-get remove org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2` to make sure everything is removed OK, and restart your Apple TV.

Get Nexus S 4G Swype Version on any Rooted Phone

I have always been a fan of Swype, but here I was thinking that they were providing a much better software and only for the Nexus. It’s really awesome. In addition to the super-fast gesture-based typing method, this Nexus version has quick swiping shortcuts for: select all, copy, cut, paste, and can also send text to other apps like Twitter and Google Maps.

Now if you already have the beta installed on your phone, you will need to wipe it first. Check out the video of it in action after the break. Continue reading