Boxee for Windows, Mac, Ubuntu to get fall update, open source version

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Boxee is working to finally update the downloadable version of its software. The company hopes to have builds available for Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu this fall so you can enjoy the updated browser, improved playback, and all the extra content that is currently available on the Boxee Box.

Boxee has been aiming to release a firmware update for D-Link's Boxee Box – and in the future other Boxee-based devices – approximately every three months (the most recent update was last month). The result is that Boxee users on computers have fallen by the wayside.

The company explains that the effort to build the Boxee Box involved writing on a completely new OS, handling a totally different and more involved setup process, supporting new security mechanisms, writing a new browser, integrating new hardware libraries for video, audio and graphics handling, and many more tasks. Adapting a product and code base that already existed, which is considerably harder than just starting from scratch, came at the expense of the downloadable version.

Unsurprisingly, users of the downloadable version are frustrated. Boxee has decided to listen and wants to bridge the gap between the CE and computer version, which has steadily grown bigger as the focus was almost entirely on Boxee Box. Nevertheless, updates for the downloadable version will still most likely lag behind the versions of Boxee for devices.

On the other hand, the team is also working on making an open source version of the downloadable version easier to use for people who want to build their own versions of Boxee. In other words, if you think you can do better than the Boxee team, you'll soon be able to show them how it's done.

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