Install Kodi 16.0 on Ubuntu 15.10(Wily Werewolf)

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Kodi™ (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.

What is New in Kodi 16.0

1.1 Live TV and PVR (Personal Video Recorder)

Added support for handling RDS Radio signals via PVR and EPG frontend
Added support for PVR addons to handle RDS radio signals in UECP and Rass formats
Added FM Radio receiver based upon RTL-SDR as PVR Addon backend client
Added support to PVR API for Scheduling Recordings of TV Shows (EPG based DVR Timers for "Series Recording")
Added possibility for series recordings to Kodi's PVR API for improved DVR capabilities
Added option for PVR clients and backends to add timeshift indicator to the Video OSD for Live TV
Added support to show channels without EPG data in PVR guide window
Added ‘Play recording' context menu option if an EPG entry has an associated (PVR) recording
Added enhancement and impovements to the PVR API (example series/episode metadata, timer and recording status)
Updated Kodi's PVR Addon API version to 4.0.0 for Kodi v16 (Jarvis)
Improved EPG association by broadcast ID
Improved speedup reading EPG from database
Changed activations of PVR windows so they are only available if PVR is enabled
Changed "Add timer" as renamed to "Record", and renamed "Add custom timer" to just "Add timer"
Added, updated, and improved PVR backend clients addons for all popular third-party external PVR backend platforms:
PVR Demo Client dummy addon with fake (method stub) PVR backend for PVR skinning and regression testing
IPTV Simple Client PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
FilmOn PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
Stalker Middleware PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
HDHomeRun PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
Enigma2 (Dreambox / Vu+ / DBox2) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
VBox TV Gateway PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
Njoy Digital (N7) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
PCTV Systems (Broadway) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
Tvheadend HTSP Client PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
VDR VNSI Client PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
MythTV PVR Client Addon backend client maintained and available from the Kodi's community
NextPVR (former GB-PVR) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
Argus TV (former ForTheRecord) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
DVBLink PVR Client Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
DVBViewer Client PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
MediaPortal PVR Client Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community
WMC (Windows Media Center) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from Kodi's community

1.2 Add-ons Framework, API, and Manager

For full changelogs of all Addons APIs, see Jarvis API changes, JSON-RPC, and Add-ons Development Forums
Added support for allowing skins and resource addons to be activated via info dialog
Added support for disabling auto-updates per addon from the info panel dialog
Added automatic dependency handling for binary addons
Improved add-on update and rollback support by adding ability to choose only a specific repo
Improved capabilities for downgrading of addons by supporting multiple versions in same repository
Improved bootstrap buildsystem for binary addons to support arbitrary meta repositories
Improved the ability to extend Kodi's native Python API by writing C++ code generated via Groovy and SWIG
Updated the Groovy (code generator) library to 2.4.4
Moved some binary (RSXS) Screensavers and Audio Visualizations (Vis) to addons
Moved the addon rollback feature to the update dialog and list all available versions there

1.3 GUI Engine (Skinning Engine)

For full changelog on changes to the skinning engine, see Jarvis API changes and the Skin Development Forum
Updated GUI ABI version 15 as minimum setting any skin before Kodi 15.0 (Isengard) as incompatible
Update guilib ABI (for libgui) to version 5.10.0
Changed saving of skin settings which are now stored as separate files
Added support for Animated GIF images to loadable for any kind of textures, e.g. Posters and FanArt
Added support for image resource addons (as example weather icons, weather fanart, studio logos, and genre icons)
Added support for sound resource addons (skin effect sounds for button clicks, transitions, etc.)
Added new dialogs for managning and settings for digital sound processing addons (Audio DSP plugins)
Added new dialog to display RDS Radio information under PVR windows
Added option for skinners to add a timeshift indicator to the Video OSD for Live TV
Added skinning support to enable editing of user-ratings from skins frontend
Added support of tag for stereoscopic (3D) effect for controls to GUI engine for skins
Added stereoscopic (3D) depth support for the Confluence skin
Added the use of image resource addons for updating weather fanart images in Confluence
Added ‘Events' to the Confluence homescreen ‘System' submenu
Added EPG to search results window (add to PVR search results window in Confluence)
Added new infolabel that can be used to display fanart for moviesets inside a movie set
Added new infolabels that can display audio/subtitle properties for all available streams
Added new infolabels for displaying user ratings
Added support for skins to use a lightweight font
Added toggle switch to visually mark dirty regions to help skinners optimize and troubleshoot skins
Added support for sortby and sortorder attributes to the element
Added ability in guilib to visualize control hitrects when tagged
Added option to conditionally include files to allow skinners to conditionally include a file
Added option for skins to show separate icons for empty and full DVD-ROM drives
Added support for specifying the image scaling algorithm for image resizing/caching
Added new on-screen keyboard layouts for; Chinese, Korean, English QWERTZ, Czech QWERTZ and QWERTY
Updated keyboard layout for some languages and added a new keyboard layouts for a few languages
Improved default quality setting of image scaling algorithm for image resizing/caching
Improved skinning PVR section by reduceing amount of dialogs and simplify skinning Live TV and EPG windows
Improved skin reloading in case theme/color/font is not default
Improved touch and gesture support for all platforms, and also improved the default touch screen skin (Re-Touched)
Removed skin XML files for Karaoke support as the feature has been removed from Kodi's core
Removed native TvTunes support from Confluence since they changed into a paid-only service

1.4 Platform Independent Playback

Added support for lossless software decode of DTS-HD tracks/streams in videos using libdcadec
Added support to utilize pixel aspect ratio from SAR (Storage Aspect Ratio) tags in MKV containers
Improved Stereoscopic 3D playback with video playlist switching when playlists have 2D and 3D videos
Improved and enhanced Blu-ray support (including updated libbluray dependecies)
Upgraded FFmpeg multimedia codec and demux libraries to stable branch release version FFmpeg 2.8.5
Removed certain audio codecs from core and made them into audio decoder and audio encoder add-ons

1.5 Library

Unified the music library and files view (similar to how its done in video library already)
Added option for for user ratings of video items and editing userratings from the GUI frontend
Added support for set overview (plot) in movie sets in the video library
Added setting for to not group movies into a movie set in the video library if it contains a single item
Added event logging which among others shows which files did not get added to library
Added genre to television series episode view in the video library
Added support for Audio and Subtitle Track Count to Smart Playlist selections in the video library
Added support to sort by top albums by play count in the music library
Added support for sorting dynamic directory listings from content
Added a FFmpeg tag loader that can read additional metadata from more media containers
Added support to use the new FFmpeg tag loader for reading tags from .DSP files
Added support to use the new FFmpeg tag loader for reading tags from .MKA files
Added support for the MusicBrainz "ARTISTS" tag in id3v2, ape, xiph for music files
Added ability to fetch season year from video database based on first aired episode

1.6 Web Scrapers

Updated music, movies, tv shows, and music video scrapers for Kodi

1.7 AudioEngine

Added initial support for Audio DSP (Digital Signal Processing) plugins and addons for Kodi's AudioEngine
Improved the default cross-platform event driven active state machine pattern ActiveAE (Kodi's AudioEngine)
Improved ALSA sink for ActiveAE for Linux Desktop and generic Linux based Embedded Systems
Improved PulseAudio sink for ActiveAE for Linux Desktop
Improved OSS (Open Sound System) sink for ActiveAE for BSD, like FreeBSD and similar BSD Unix based systems
Improved AUDIOTRACK sink for ActiveAE for Amlogic
Improved Pi Audio sink for ActiveAE for Raspberry Pi
Improved DirectSound sink for ActiveAE for Windows
Improved WASAPI sink for ActiveAE for Windows
Improved CoreAudio sink for ActiveAE for (Mac) OS X and iOS
Improved Darwin sink for ActiveAE for (Mac) OS X and iOS

1.8 Other

Added initial support for AirPlay from iOS 9 music streaming capability
Added own lists for audio, subtitle and sub download languages
Added ability to open the SmartPlayListEditor for a given playlist
Added "long-press" support to extend the functionality of a single button on a remote control
Improved code stability and performance as well as general code clean-up in many core areas
Improved the the integrated UPnP / DNLA Media Server and Client
Improved AirPlay compatibility suppor for iOS 8 (via updated libshairplay)
Improved Kodi's JSON-RPC API
Improved HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) support for Pulse-Eight's LibCEC
Updated community maintained translations to over 60+ languages to date for Kodi via Transifex Translation System
Updated critical dependency libraries such as openssl, gnutls, and CMake (used to compile binary addons)
Removed support for the current karaoke implmenetation from the core as it was not being maintained

1.9 Android Specific

Added experimental pass-through support for Dolby Digital (AC3) audio
Added experimental pass-through support for Dolby TrueHD audio (if supported by underlying hardware & firmware)
Added experimental pass-through support for DTS audio
Added experimental pass-through support for DTS-HD Master Audio (if supported by underlying hardware & firmware)
Added software decode support of Dolby Digital Plus (DD+/E-AC3/EC-3) to PCM audio output
Added proper implementation of Surface Rendering going thru EGL for video decoded with Android's MediaCodec API
Added proper implementation of handling MEDIA keys support on Android
Improved MediaCodec API video decoding implementations support for Android 4.2 (API level 17) and later
Improved automatic refresh rate switching support for video playback on Android 5.0 and later (>= API 21), inc. Android TV
Improved support for UltraHD decoding / 4K resolution output when HW supports it
Improved playback of HEVC, VC-1 / WMV 9, and VP9 hardware video decoding when using Android's MediaCodec API
Improved display of other Android apps while browsing these under Kodi as application launcher
Improved audio output by decouple Kodi and system volume which removes double audio volume slider
Improved touch-screen keymapping for Android based platforms for better gesture support
Improved NEON (Advanced SIMD instruction set) CPU acceleration support for ARM architecture
Removed support for hardware video decoding via Android StageFright library (libstagefright)

1.10 BSD Specific

Improved Kodi support for BSD (operating system) on FreeBSD, PC-BSD, and other similar BSD platforms
Improved VAAPI (Video Acceleration API) support (requires VAAPI compatible hardware and drivers)
Improved VDPAU (NVIDIA) Hardware Video Acceleration (requires VDPAU compatible hardware and drivers)

1.11 Linux Specific

Added multi-touch support, and improved touch and gesture support on Linux
Added support for HEVC hardware video decoding via VAAPI API when the VPU and drivers supports it
Added support for HEVC hardware video decoding via VDPAU API when the VPU and drivers supports
Improved rendering GUI (including OSD) at a different resolution than video playback plane
Improved automatic refresh rate switching support for video playback
Improved EGL rendering on Amlogic by implement 480cvbs/i/p and 576cvbs/i/p modes
Improved SQLite file access performance on Raspberry Pi using MMAP acceleration
Improved support for UltraHD decoding / 4K resolution output when hardware supports it
Improved video accelerated decoding on Freescale i.MX 6 based devices
Improved ARM processor architecture (using WeTek Play and Raspberry Pi as reference devices)
Improved OpenGL ES and EGL support (using WeTek Play and Raspberry Pi as reference devices)
Improved VAAPI (Video Acceleration API) support (requires VAAPI compatible hardware and drivers)
Improved VDPAU (NVIDIA) Hardware Video Acceleration (requires VDPAU compatible hardware and drivers)
Improved XvBA (AMD/ATI) Hardware Video Acceleration (requires XvBA compatible hardware and drivers)
Improved OpenMAX Video Acceleration API support for Linux (using Raspberry Pi as reference hardware)
Improved dedicated AMLCodec hardware accelerated video decoding support for Linux on Amlogic devices
Improved AMD/Intel x86-64 64-bit (AMD64 / IA-64t CPU architectures) support under Linux

1.12 iOS Specific

Added support for iOS 9.0 by adding support for compiling Kodi with Xcode 7 IDE and iOS SDK 9.0
Moved to iOS 8.4 SDK and Xcode 6.4 IDE as default which added support for iOS 8.4
Improved Apple VDADecoder Video Acceleration support for iOS (on iPad, iPhone, and iPod iDevices)
Improved touch and gesture support for iOS based iDevice platforms (iPad, iPod, and iPhone)
Removed support for compiling Apple TV 2 builds
Removed iOS 5.1 (iPad 1) compatiibility as it was required to add iOS 9

1.13 OS X Specific

Improved Apple VDADecoder Video Acceleration support for (Mac) OS X
Added support for compiling Kodi with Xcode 7 IDE and OS X 10.11 SDK

1.14 Windows Specific

Updated the whole rendering system on Microsoft Windows platforms to DirectX 11 and Direct3D 11 native support
Added support for caching font vertices on GPU side (requires Windows 8 and DirectX 11 device drivers)
Added support for hardware based Stereoscopic 3D (requires Windows 8 and DirectX 11 device drivers)
Added support for interleaved Stereoscopic 3D mode on Windows platforms (requires DirectX 11 device drivers)
Added support for checkerboard Stereoscopic 3D mode on Windows platforms (requires DirectX 11 device drivers)
Improved DXVA/DXVA2 rendering and decoding on Windows (when using DirectX 11 device drivers)
Improved support for HEVC hardware video decoding via DXVA on Windows when hardware and driver supports exist

Install Kodi 16.0 on Ubuntu 15.10(Wily Werewolf)

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi

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