After a frenetic few days work, developers Scott Davilla and Stephan Diederich last night posted a full and slick fix to enable easy installation of Boxee on Apple TV models running the recently released 2.3 software, which broke the third-party media centre software.
The team has released an updated patchstick which will easily install boxee/XBMC. Patches released earlier this weekend worked, but offered relatively complex installation, requiring use of Terminal and SSH, now it’s as easy as plug-and-play.
Scott Davilla and fellow ATVUSB coder Stephan Diederich created and tested the new patchstick this weekend. Davilla told Distorted Loop that in order to make the software work he had to revert atvusb-creator-1.0.b10 back from fst32 to using hfsplus for the updated patchstick. This was required because on some Mac OS X 10.5.5 installations the operating system would change essential elements of the software, “Bad OS X, bad,” he said.
Word of the release of the new software quickly got around the Boxee community, at time of writing over 35,000 users of the currently alpha software have downloaded the new version of the USB Creator software, required to install Boxee on the Apple media centre.
The team warns of one known bug: “Sometimes when launching Boxee you’ll see a black screen (instead of boxee’s login screen). If this happens click Menu (back) on your Apple Remote, and try again. Scott and Stephan are working on a new launcher that will eliminate this bug once and for all,” the team explained.
“We’re currently working on an exciting new solution for 100 percent reliable launch into frontscreen. Look for this in the next version,” said Scott.
Regular readers may have noticed we’ve written quite a lot recently pertaining to Boxee. Most recently the firm acquired $4 million in venture capital funding, released the results of a recent user survey, and made a host of commitments for goals for 2009, including transitioning the software further toward final release.