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Linux Install

Boxee is available for Ubuntu Linux 8.04 (Hardy Heron) and 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex). The Linux installation for Boxee is quite simple if your already familiar with apt-get and adding new repositories. If not it's ok! It's still not that hard! So lets get started. All you need is a terminal and your favorite text editor.

You can also install it in debian lenny if you use download a missing dependency from here, install it with "dpkg -i", and then use the guide for Ubuntu 8.10.

Adding the Boxee Repository

First things first, lets add the Boxee repositories so app-get can find the Boxee package! To get started open your terminal, go to Applications>Accessories>Terminal. Enter in the following commands. Be careful here, copy and paste these commands exactly to be safe.

   sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.backup
   sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

You'll have to enter in your admin password (your users login password) to successfully complete the above commands. If all went well you should see sources.list open in Gedit. If your not using Gedit its okay, replace sudo gedit with sudo yourfavtexteditor. Now we have to add the Boxee repository to the end of your sources file. Add the following line to the end of the file:

   deb http://apt.boxee.tv hardy main

if your using intrepid (and the intrepid release is available, as it wasn't at the time of this writing) replace hardy with intrepid and you're good to go. Save & close Gedit.

Update & Upgrade

So now that your sources.list has been edited to include the boxee repository, its time to update the package list and upgrade your system. Run the following commands in your terminal to update your system:

   sudo apt-get update
   sudo apt-get upgrade

If all goes well your system is now fully updated with Boxee now added to your repositories

Install Boxee

You're almost done! Now its time to install Boxee and start enjoying life :-) Run the following in your terminal:

   sudo apt-get install boxee

Let the install finish and your all done! Congrats!

Running Boxee the First Time

If Boxee wasn't added to your Applications menu thats ok. From the terminal you should still have open execute the following command:

   /opt/boxee/run-boxee-desktop

Wrapping Up

See, was that so hard? If you did however manage to blow up your system its ok! You can always go back:

   Reverting Back...
   sudo apt-get remove boxee
   sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list.backup /etc/apt/sources.list
   sudo apt-get update

If you have any further questions or problems installing boxee on linux, feel free to join us in #boxee on IRC.

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