It’s not always easy to get along in life, and recently this has been true in Kodi developer community and related project, with Koying leaving his role as the main Kodi Android developer, possibly meaning Kodi 17 won’t get an Android port, and more recently several OpenELEC developers, not satisfied with some of the current project developments, decided to fork it, and create LibreELEC. The team of 25 or so members has now released LibreELEC v7.0.0 based on Kodi 16.1 which had also been released a few days ago.
The changelog only reads:
The 7.0.0 release contains Kodi Jarvis 16.1 (final) and a fix for Verisign SSL certificate changes that impacted Pandora add-on users. It also addresses a bluez crash, a firmware update for Intel Skylake users, and a fix for an Amlogic CEC issue on WeTek Play/Core. Most importantly it also contains our new logo branding.
The images are available for x86 (Intel/AMD PCs), Raspberry Pi and Pi Zero, Raspberry Pi 2 & 3, WeTek Core and Play TV boxes, as well as NXP i.MX6 based platforms. LibreELEC source code can be found on github.
I’m not entirely sure about the main differences with OpenELEC, but I understand LibreELEC developers intend to release a new version more often.
Thanks to Harley for the tip.
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.
5 Replies to “LibreELEC (OpenELEC Fork) v7.0.0 Released with Kodi 16.1”
Maybe this project can help to unify the different git repositories with builds for non supported devices (like Odroid, Orange PI, etc…)
Just recently Ivacy VPN has also released their VPN add-on for Kodi on OpenELEC devices. I think you guys should introduce a new tab in which newly introduced add-ons are discussed as a lot of developers are working hard in contributing to the Kodi community.
The AMLogic S905 Odroid C2 has already been officially added to the LibreELEC list of supported devices as of LE 8.0.
There is also a new improved implementation of HDMI CEC control being tested for LE supported AMLogic devices that interfaces with the excellent Pulse8 LibCEC interface included in Kodi already.
Do you know if there are any android boxes from China that can be installed with LibreELEC or OpenELEC? Preferably a box that has 4k support. That’d be a bang for the buck device, right?
How does forking in any way UNIFY? 🙁