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KDE Plasma Media Center 1.1 Released – Install on Fedora 19/18/17 and Ubuntu 13.04/12.10

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The KDE project team happy to announce the release of 1.1 version for KDE’s Plasma Media Center (PMC) – A one stop solution for media and entertainment developed by the KDE folks. Plasma Media Center is used to explore music, images and watch videos on Desktops, Tablets, TVs, Netbooks and other mobile devices that supports KDE software. The PMC is designed using Plasma and KDE technologies and offers feature rich experience to media lovers.

The PMC (Plasma Media Center) software provides a user to browse media files from the local system or using KDE Desktop Search functionality to retrieve and view all available media files, view photos from Flickr or Picasa online, able to create playlists from the available media files and play media files randomly and sequentially.

Plasma Media Center

This PMC stable release has the basic set of following features.

  1. Browse media files from the local filesystem.
  2. Use KDE Desktop Search to find and view all available media files.
  3. View photos from picasa and flickr online.
  4. A shiny new YouTube Integration that lets you search and play videos right inside the media center.
  5. Create playlists of media files and play them sequentially or randomly.
  6. Developers can develop plugins for it.

For a more detailed overview and list of changes and new features, please check out original announcement page.

Plasma Media Center 1.1 – Videos

Plasma Media Center 1.1 Screenshots

Plasma Media Center Image 1

Plasma Media Center Image 2

Plasma Media Center Image 3

Plasma Media Center Image 4

Plasma Media Center Image 5

How to Install Plasma Media Center in Fedora 19/18/17 and Ubuntu 13.04/12.10

At this moment it’s little difficult to install Plasma Media Center on systems, because currently there are no official .rpm or .deb packages are available and hence, we need to install and build it using source code.

At present Plasma Media Center can be installed on Fedora 19/18/17 and Ubuntu 13.104/12/10 (and higher versions). Please follow the below steps to install it.

For Fedora 19/18/17
# yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
# yum install kde-workspace-devel kdelibs-devel
# yum install qt-mobility-devel
# yum install taglib-devel
# yum install kffmpegthumbnailer
# yum install nepomuk-core-devel
For Ubuntu 13.04/12.10
$ sudo  apt-get install kde-workspace-dev kdelibs5-dev build-essential
$ sudo  apt-get install libdeclarative-multimedia
$ sudo  apt-get install libtag1-dev
$ sudo  apt-get install kffmpegthumbnailer
$ sudo apt-get install nepomuk-core-dev
Build Instructions

Once you’ve finish installing dependencies modules, let’s start build instructions (common steps for both Fedora and Ubuntu), use them carefully as mentioned below.

$ git clone git://anongit.kde.org/plasma-mediacenter
$ cd plasma-mediacenter
$ mkdir build
$ cd build
$ cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix`
$ make -j(n+1)          // n = number of cores
$ sudo make install

Now here you will little confuse about what does “make -j(n+1)” means in the above command. Let me explain it for you. Let’s say, if you have Intel Core i3 processor, means you have two processors and your command would be like this “-j3“. So, just replace the command with number of cores you have.

Plasma Media Center Screenshot

Plasma Media Center Screenshot

That’s it. Plasma Media Center is now ready to try it. So, Why are you waiting for? Give it a try and have great fun with it. If you’ve facing issues while installing, please post your questions via comment section.

Ravi Saive

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7 Responses

  1. david liu says:

    XBMC vs PMC

  2. kash says:

    would like to know can we install the same on gnome ? or any other similar software is there for gnome ?

  3. doesn't work says:

    hi, i’m sorry but it doesn’t work on my computer with fedora 19 .

  4. paul says:

    hi ravi, i did the install on ubuntu 13.10 as you described. there isnt an icon in the launcher, i found the executable in the plasma media centre newshell folder but it comes up with the error “there was an error launching the aplication” with no details.

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