Running Boxee on Ubuntu

by Patrick Connelly posted on December 07, 2008

First, I know I’m going to hell for using Ubuntu. But, I’m too lazy to compile xbmc and boxee on Fedora. So, now that it’s out of the way. Here’s the step-by-step:

  1. Install Ubuntu 10.4
  2. Add the extra boxee repo based on the instructions on
  3. Install mingetty and rcconf
      apt-get install mingetty rcconf
  4. Disable gdm with rcconf
  5. Add a boxee user with and add them to the “admin” and “audio” group
      useradd -G admin,audio -d /home/boxee boxee
  6. Add a .bashrc to /home/boxee
      case "`tty`" in
     /dev/tty1) startx
  7. Add .xinitrc to /home/boxee
      while [ 1 ]
     exec /opt/boxee/Boxee --standalone
  8. Make it executable
      chmod a+x .xinitrc
  9. Edit line in /etc/event.d/tty1
      #exec /sbin/getty 38400 tty1
      exec /sbin/mingetty --autologin boxee tty1
  10. Reboot and pray