Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC) is a small Linux distribution built from scratch as a platform to turn your computer into an Kodi(XBMC) media center. OpenELEC is designed to make your system boot fast, and the install is so easy that anyone can turn a blank PC into a media machine in less than 15 minutes.
The OpenELEC team is proud to announce OpenELEC 5.0.5.
OpenELEC-5.0 is the next stable release, which is a feature release and the successor of OpenELEC-4.2.
The headline change is the update from XBMC 13 (Gotham) to Kodi 14.2 (Helix) and the big switch from XBMC to Kodi branding. Both project teams have conducted a major find/replace but if you spot residual mentions of XBMC anywhere please let us know. The name change affects more than the GUI; all references in code have been changed and in the OpenELEC filesystem /storage/.xbmc will be recreated as a symlink to /storage/.kodi to ensure hardcoded paths in addons or scripts continue to work. For information on Kodi 14 you can find on http://kodi.tv/kodi-14-0-helix-unwinds/.
Due to the potential for typo-bugs and breakage from Kodi renaming YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO MAKE A FULL BACKUP before performing a manual update and perform a “Reset System Settings to defaults (Soft Reset)” after the update if you update directly from OpenELEC-4.x or earlier.
Please note many addons and skins remain to be ported by their developers. This is out with our control an until this happens they will either not work or be marked as broken by Kodi. If an addon or skin is essential to you please confirm with its developer prior to upgrade if it is compatible with Kodi (Helix).
Other notable “under the hood” changes include a version bump from v3.16 to v3.17 Linux kernel, and a switch from OpenSSL to LibreSSL following the heartbleed disclosure. The LibreSSL package includes better licensing and allows OpenELEC to be simplified by removing support for other cryptographic libraries such as GnuTLS.
Supported Platform Changes
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Starting with OpenELEC-5.0.1 we added support for RaspberryPi-2:
Raspberry Pi 2 - Model B Technical Specifications:
Broadcom BCM2836 ARMv7 Quad Core Processor powered Single Board Computer running at 900MHz
40pin extended GPIO
4 x USB ports
4 pole Stereo output and Composite video port
Full size HDMI
CSI camera port for connecting the Raspberry Pi camera
DSI display port for connecting the Raspberry Pi touch screen display
Micro SD port for loading your operating system and storing data
Micro USB power source
Raspberry Pi 2 - Model B Features:
6x Faster - Broadcom BCM2836 ARMv7 Quad Core Processor powered Single Board Computer running at 900MHz
Double Memory - 1GB RAM so you can now run bigger and more powerful applications
Identical board layout and footprint as the Model B+, so all cases and 3rd party add-on boards designed for the Model B+ will be fully compatible.
Fully HAT compatible
40pin extended GPIO to enhance your “real world” projects. GPIO is 100% compatible with the Model B+ and A+ boards. First 26 pins are identical to the Model A and Model B boards to provide full backward compatibility across all boards.
Connect a Raspberry Pi camera and touch screen display (each sold separately)
Stream and watch Hi-definition video output at 1080P
Micro SD slot for storing information and loading your operating systems.
10/100 Ethernet Port to quickly connect the Raspberry Pi to the Internet
Combined 4-pole jack for connecting your stereo audio out and composite video out
Advanced power management:
You can now provide up to 1.2 Amp to the USB ports–enabling you to connect more power hungry USB devices directly to the Raspberry PI. (This feature requires a 2 ampere micro USB power supply.)
Freescale iMX6 support
We are adding Freescale imx6 support for a limited number of boxes, starting with the CuBox-i and CuboxTV mini devices. Also, after many years, support for the mk1 (silver) AppleTV build has been discontinued, and there will be no official v5.0 (Kodi) release for Apple devices. This decision was partly driven by the Kodi development team removing CrystalHD acceleration support in Kodi v14.0 and the unrelated removal of the CrystalHD driver from the v3.17 Linux kernel. In both cases CrystalHD code has not been maintained for several years, and as surrounding codebases moved forwards over time the level of compatibility and optimisation has gone distinctly backwards. At the same time, XBMC’s gradual increase in size breached the limits of the 256MB RAM available in the box to cause a cascade of playback problems for an increasing number of users. Our AppleTV user base has grown sizeable over time, and to the users upset by this announcement we apologise. However, the project staff felt that it was time and that v4.2 should be the final AppleTV release.
Users thinking about upgrading an ageing AppleTV might like to consider the ultra-compact CuBox-i devices from our partner Solid-Run. Second generation Cubox-i devices are based on the Freescale i.MX6 system-on-chip (SoC) platform with multiple Cortex-A9 CPU’s, hardware 2D/3D GPU decoding, and a broad range of peripheral ports including 1080p HDMI and S/PDIF. Solid-Run are running a special promotion for OpenELEC users that gives a 5% discount on the recommended CuBox-i2ex and CuBox-i4pro models, including a larger 8GB micro SD (up from 4GB) that comes preinstalled with OpenELEC instead of Android.
We don't earn a single cent with those special offers but we want to achieve two things here:
Support a great piece of hardware and their developers.
Give our users some cost effecient options to have a nice OpenELEC and therefore kodi experience.
CuBox-i2ex on Solid-Run's webstore
CuBox-i4pro on Solid-Run's webstore
You have to use the discount code “openelec-4-cubox” (without quotes) while ordering.
EU users can use the OpenELEC Special offer from http://www.ecservices.de with the same discount code “openelec-4-cubox” to get a CuBox-i2ex or CuBox-i4pro installed with OpenELEC on a 8GB SD Card with 5% discount and without the need to pay customs via
ECServices OpenELEC Special offer
CuBox-i2ex ECServices OpenELEC Special offer
CuBox-i4pro ECServices OpenELEC Special offer
There are also many cost-effective and compact-size HTPC options from Zotac, Gigabyte, Intel (NUC) and the staggeringly popular Raspberry Pi device; and Pi derivatives like “slice” that will ship with a customised version of OpenELEC. For users with higher-performance requirements, our Generic build continues to support the majority of current-generation ITX and mini-ITX motherboards that use Intel Celeron/Core CPUs and GPU hardware from Intel, AMD and nVidia.
Updated core Components (summary) since OpenELEC 5.0.4
linux: update to linux-3.18.8 for RPi2
projects/imx6/patches/linux: Adds support for ct2 (Olli Salonen) and pctv292e in the project imx6
projects/imx6/patches/linux: Backport AVM Fritz 2 Stick support - requested by users
For a full changelog on what's new, follow the link below:
OpenElec is basically the same as Kodi. The biggest different is that OpenElec is a stripped version of Ubuntu version of Kodi that is meant to load fast. I run this on a Zotac Mini PC attached to my big screen tv. I used Freenas for fileserver and Zotac has 1gb hard drive to store files if needed. It loads VERY fast. Definitely better than loading Windows with Kodi on this machine.
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