OpenELEC (Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center) is a lightweight Linux distribution aiming at turning your computer or device into a Kodi media center. So instead of installing Kodi as a program or app on a desktop OS or Android, you could have a dedicated machine, which boots faster, has lower requirements (90-125 MB required for a full installation), and supported external tuners to watch live TV, as well as PVR & timeshifting functions out of the box. The developers have now announced OpenELEC 5.0 release, the successor of OpenELEC 4.2.
Key changes for OpenELEC 5.0 include:
- Update from XBMC 13 (Gotham) to Kodi 14 (Helix)
- Update from Linux 3.16 to Linux 3.17
- Switch from OpenSSL to LibreSSL
- Freescale i.IMX6 support for SolidRun CuBox-i, CuboxTV, and Hummingboard
- AppleTV support has been discontinued
Beside build for the CuBox devices, OpenELEC 5.0 can be downloaded for x86 (32- and 64-bit builds), and the Raspberry Pi boards. You may also have seen OpenELEC images for Amlogic devices, but these are not officially supported by OpenELEC “mainline”.
Due to the naming change from XBMC to KODI with this release, the developers recommend you back your XBMC data, and perform a manual update to upgrade to OpenELEC 5.0 in order to avoid a potential loss of data.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.