Well, it looks like after much wailing and nashing of teeth the OSXBMC team has decided to officially fork away from the XBMC group.

I’m never a fan of forks, it always seems like it would be better to have one team pulling in one direction, but the pragmatist in me realises this isn’t always possible, (indeed the xAP home automation protocol born out of our mailing list also forked into xPL).  In the meantime the good news is that Elan and the team is continuing and will now develop a separate app for the Mac.  We wish both teams continued success.

Here’s an exatract from the latest post on Elans blog  “We will continue to work on XBMC for the Mac. We are forking the code (it will be hosted on Github). We will still keep roughly in sync with the Linux code, and of course the XBMC team is welcome to merge our changes back into their tree.

The biggest change here is that we will no longer be operating under the restrictions imposed by the team. We can clean up and simplify the settings as we see fit. We can remove features that don’t work right (sometimes, less is more). We can add whatever new features our users are asking for, in the manner of our choosing.

We will be announcing new support forums shortly, and we will be posting details on the Github repository.  Also, we’re definitely looking for talented graphic designers with an eye for typography to work on a top-notch Mac-themed skin.”

Read the full post here – www.osxbmc.com [now www.PlexApp.com]

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