GeeXboX 3.0

A shiny new GeeXboX release has arrived! GeeXboX 3.0 is a major upgrade that integrates XBMC 11 “Eden” and adds the long-requested PVR functionality. This means you can finally use GeeXboX to watch and record live TV too! In addition to our usual x86 ISOs, this release is also available for several embedded platforms, with working full HD video and graphics acceleration for most of them.

A year in the making, this new GeeXboX 3.0 release is the accomplishment of hours, days, months of efforts from a lot of people. The ISO image of “GeeXboX for PC” edition grew up to 140 MB, mostly due to additional firmware and drivers to improve hardware support. We still think of GeeXboX as a lightweight distro, aiming at targeting the most PCs and devices as possible. The whole base system has been overhauled as usual, with countless package upgrades for improved stability and functionality, also benefitting from several improvements to the underlying OpenBricks build system.

GeeXboX also support many embedded devices running ARM SoCs (such as TI OMAP4 Pandaboard, nVidia Tegra 2, Solid-Run Cubox powered by Marvell Armada, ST-Ericsson Snowball), and more will be coming soon. Preliminary support for Toshiba AC100 (Tegra2-based netbook) and Raspberry Pi is already integrated in the development tree.

Here’s a roundup of the new release:

New features:

  • XBMC Media Center 11 “Eden” frontend.
  • PVR support for DVB Digital TV, to watch and record live TV
  • Improved remote control support
  • Support for Full HD videos on PandaBoard
  • Support for Full HD videos on Cubox
  • Improved HDD installation
  • Installation support for (U)EFI systems
  • Installation support for SSD’s

Supported Architectures:

  • x86 32 and 64 bits PCs
  • ARM TI OMAP4 Pandaboard
  • ARM nVidia Tegra2 Harmony
  • ARM Cubox (armada5xx)
  • ARM Snowball ux500


  • Linux Kernel v3.4.4.
  • Systemd v188.
  • BusyBox v1.21
  • Connman Network Manager v1.6.
  • Xorg Server v1.11.4.
  • Mesa v8.0.3
  • OPKG Package Manager v0.18
  • USB persistent user data storage.

Audio Drivers:

  • ALSA v1.0.24.1.
  • Support for Analog, SPDIF and HDMI output devices.

Video Drivers:

  • Support for Intel, nVidia, ATI, Matrox and VIA GPUs.
  • Support for CRT, LCD and HDMI output devices.
  • OpenGL and OpenGL|ES hardware assisted graphics acceleration.
  • VDPAU, VA-API and Crystal HD hardware assisted video decoding for nVidia, Intel and Broadcom GPUs.


  • Mouse and Synaptics touch pads.
  • HID Keyboards.
  • Remote Controls.
  • PluseEight CEC devices.

Networking Features:

  • NFS shares.
  • Samba auto-discovery.
  • UPnP / DLNA media discovery.
  • ZeroConf services announcements.
  • HTTP server.
  • FTP server
  • SSH server


  • XBMC Media Center 11 “Eden” frontend.
  • Movies and TV Shows, with subtitles support.
  • Music Collection
  • Pictures and Slideshows
  • CDDA, DVD and (non encrypted) Bluray support.
  • Media Database Support.
  • Internet MovieDB / TVDB metadata and covers grabbers.
  • Skins
  • Vu+ addon
  • Xvdr addon
  • Vdr server
  • Tvheadend server


We hope you’ll like this new GeeXboX release; now you just have to try it: download it, put it on some USB key and reboot your PC. Time to sit back and relax 🙂

18 thoughts on “GeeXboX 3.0”

  1. How to get Live TV working then?

    Booted up ISO, went to Settings/Addons and enabled tvheadend
    Went to Settings/Live TV, enabled and refreshed PVR database
    Back to main menu, selected Live TV – problem – no pvr started

    (All this done on a machine running Xubuntu 12.04 with working dvb-t card (using mplayer)

    Thanks Joe

  2. Hold fire, just re-read the documentation. Not exactly out of the box is it and not a lot of fun if you don’t have persistent storage! Will report back once I have tried it out 🙂

  3. @tomlohave


    Running a persistent usb install now 🙂


    Opkg won’t update, running “opkg install tvheadend” says I have the latest version, but still cannot connect to IPADDRESS:9981. Can connect fine by telnet or ssh (dropbear installed OK).

  4. Has anyone been able to get the Geexbox 3.0 to work on the Cubox yet?

    I downloaded the geexbox-3.0.cubox.tar.bz2 file and ran the cuboxsd install script (which has worked before for earlier dev builds). The install script seems to finish fine without errors, but when I try to boot the Cubox, I just get the blinking red LED light.

  5. Work fine on AMD Sempron 2300+ with 2GB RAM but sometimes have problems with initialization of audio device. I have bulit in audio and graphic card with HDMI output and i use the bulit in audio not hdmi.

  6. Help me. I have a problem installing GeeXboX in the VirtualBox, here is the screenshot, [img][/img]

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