Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Installing Kodi in Gigastrand OS 3

Gigastrand OS 3.0 removed XBMC from its pre-installed software list because at the time, customers were reporting that they weren’t really using XBMC as the repositories at the time were for Ubuntu and didn’t have an updated version for Gigastrand OS.

According to Kodi’s website, Debian now provides the packages via Jessie backports. With new Gigastrand OS set-top boxes just around the corner, we figured it was time to renew our familiarity with this powerful home theater software.

Here is an excerpt from the Wiki:

2.1 Debian

The installation if you are using Debian (Jessie), you can use the debian-backports repository.

Add the following lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list file, as superuser (sudo)

# kodi repos
# starting with debian jessie, debian provides kodi via its backports repository
# remember: those packages are not supported by team kodi
deb jessie-backports main

And then, update APT and install.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi

In Gigastrand OS, the above instructions will work, however, if you are more comfortable using a point-and-click method, the following instructions might be more to your liking:

  1. Open Computer

  2. Click on root (the red folder on the left side)

  3. Double-click etc then apt

  4. Right click on sources.list

  5. Go to Root Actions>Open as Text

  6. The file will open in Kwrite. Add the following line to the end:
    deb jessie-backports main

  7. Save and close

  8. Open Apper (On the taskbar, or Go>Settings>Apper)

  9. Double click Updates

  10. Install any found updates

  11. In the search bar, type in kodi.

  12. Click the install button then apply.


Kodi will install under Multimedia category in the Go menu. These apt modifications will be installed in the next minor revision of Gigastrand OS (v3.4). This means you will simply be able to install from Apper (step 11).

Installing Kodi in Gigastrand OS 3

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