The XBMC project is progressing extremely slowly and it can be seen in the development time of the first beta of XBMC 10.0 that took nine months to arrive. However, the first beta of the new version Dharma sports a new support for add-ons. This brings the PLAF to XBMC and improves it further.
The XBMC about page describes it as,
XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, Windows, and the original Xbox. Created in 2003 by a group of like minded programmers, XBMC is a non-profit project run and developed by volunteers located around the world. More than 50 software developers have contributed to XBMC, and 100-plus translators have worked to expand its reach, making it available in more than 30 languages.
With the new feature of add-ons; scriptwriters, skin developers and designers can create custom UI on the XBMC media manager. The new add-on system also features an automatic update feature and XBMC has already received an overwhelming response from developers.
Other significant changes in the latest version includes better 64 bit support, better WebM support and support for hardware acceleration of video playback. The version in question is a beta 1 and users are strictly advised to back up their profile before proceeding with the installation.
The lack of a good media manager in Linux makes XBMC the undoubted unanimous champion. It has been almost a year since the last stable release and hopefully, we will see the final version by this year-end.