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OpenELEC 3.2 is the first stable release following OpenELEC 3.0 and is recommended for all new installations. Systems running OpenELEC 3.0 and 3.1 will automatically update to 3.2 if auto-update is enabled. Users who are still running OpenELEC 1.0 or 2.0 are encouraged to manually update to enjoy the many new features. We would like to thank our users, project team and partners for their efforts in testing, reporting and fixing issues, adding features, creating how-to documents, and donations of hardware and funds to the project. We hugely appreciate your continued support!

 

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Whats new in OpenELEC 3.2?

Like OpenELEC 3.0, the 3.2 release is based upon XBMC Frodo (12.x) but “under the hood” it includes many notable changes:

  • Many feature enhancements and bugfixes to XBMC Frodo; including a number of backports from Gotham and speed improvements for RaspberryPi users
  • Linux kernel 3.10, bringing many new and updated drivers and improvements
  • Mesa-9.2
  • ALSA 1.0.27 (thanks to Anssi Hannula for various fixes and improvements)
  • Updated graphic drivers from AMD, Intel and nVidia
  • Updated and improved pi firmware (thanks to Dom Cobley)
  • Updated drivers and driver firmware
  • Updated XVBA, VDPAU and VAAPI libraries
  • Intel VPP (Video Post Processing API) support by Timo Rothenpieler (thanks also to various Intel developers like Haihao Xiang)
  • Support for many more remotes and keymaps
  • Initial PPTP and OpenVPN support (via connman)
  • Wireless tethering support (on WLAN cards that support it)
  • Completely reworked networking
  • Completely reworked bluetooth with support for more remotes
  • Added support for bluetooth keyboards and file transfers
  • Boot speed improvements for all platforms (particularly Raspberry pi)
  • Many bugfixes and package updates

OpenELEC has been working closely with several AMD engineers and our special thanks go out to Jamy and Sabre for their constant support and attentive listening. You may have spotted this on the changelog for the 13.6 fglrx driver:

[377379] Fix the regression of performance drop with XBMC for UVD playback, which was the direct outcome of their constructive work. Thanks also to Peter Frühberger (fritsch) and Rainer Hochecker (FernetMenta) for their work.

Did we mention our new settings addon?

The most visible change in OpenELEC 3.2 is our new settings addon. It’s a huge improvement where changes are effected immediately without needing a reboot, and short descriptions of each and every function to make it easier to comprehend. Thanks to lufie, seo, chewitt and vpeter from the project team, and the many others who helped with developing, translating and testing the addon. We also send a special ‘thank you’ to the connman developers for their patient help and guidance during its creation.

The new addon does not migrate settings from OpenELEC 3.0 or older installs so the first time you boot OpenELEC 3.2 a first-run wizard will ensure you configure essentials like keyboard language, hostname, networking, and startup of SSH and samba services.

NB: OpenELEC is used by people from around the world so the new settings addon needs to be translated into as many languages as possible. If your native language is not currently supported it would be awesome if you can help us out with the words. To contribute a new translation or corrections to an existing one; please use this link to visit the transifex site and get started.

New and dropped builds:

To simplify the number of OpenELEC 3.2 builds available we have discontinuted the ION 32-bit, Intel 32-bit, and ‘Ultra’ builds for Xtreamer users. If you are using one of these builds the correct migration path to follow is:

  • ION i386 (with 32-bit capable hardware) => Generic i386
  • ION i386 (with 64-bit capable hardware) => ION x86_64
  • Intel i386 (with 32-bit capable hardware) => Generic i386
  • Intel i386 (with 64-bit capable hardware) => Intel x86_64
  • Xtreamer Ultra 1 / Xtreamer Ultra 2 => ION x86_64


Starting with OpenELEC 3.2 we have added a Generic 64-bit release as a “catch-all” for recent 64-bit hardware. You can find all OpenELEC 3.2 releases on the downloads page. Please ask any questions in our forums!