HOW-TO:Install XBMC on Apple TV 1 (Linux)
Apple TV 1 (silver) is no longer available from Apple, but can be purchased from alternative sources (eBay, kijiji, craigslist, etc.).
1 Before installing a replacement OS
- See also: OpenELEC
OpenELEC is a fully-featured but highly optimized Linux OS created solely to run XBMC on the mk1 AppleTV and other HTPC systems. OpenELEC provides a set-top-box like XBMC experience; with a controlled Linux environment that puts simplicity, reliability and performance ahead of the users ability to tweak/customize (and break) the underlying OS. OpenELEC can be installed to a USB stick or the internal hard drive; allowing you to run an optimised XBMC installation alongside the original Apple OS or replace it completely.
OpenELEC has an excellent guide for installing on mk1 Apple TV's here: Installing OpenELEC on AppleTV
- See also: Crystalbuntu
Crystalbuntu is an easy to use XBMC and linux-based OS distribution for Apple TV 1 (silver) created and maintained by Sam Nazarko. It is based on a light weight Ubuntu 12.04 LTS distribution.
Crystalbuntu has easy to use installers for Linux, Mac, and Windows: http://www.crystalbuntu.com/download/
4 Manual installations
- These are likely outdated.