The OpenELEC team is proud to announce OpenELEC 4.0.
The team has made a huge effort to make this one of our best releases yet. Since the OpenELEC 3.0 and 3.2.x releases, we have worked hard to improve OpenELEC in a number of areas. Some of these are visible changes, others are backend changes that aren’t as visible to every user but are certainly worth mentioning.
OpenELEC-4.0 is now the next stable release, which is a feature release and the successor of OpenELEC-3.2 and older.
Since OpenELEC 3.2 the underlying OS and the build system have been completely reworked. One aspect of the builds that isn’t visible to most users is the buildsystem; it is one of the most fundamental building blocks for OpenELEC. It provides us the flexibility to support many different build platforms, to be responsive in updating specific packages and to add new features easily.
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If you would like to contribute to the OpenELEC project, there are lots of ways you can help. We are always looking for people to help with documentation, testing and reporting bugs. If you enjoy using OpenELEC and would like to make a donation to support the project, you can do this using PayPal. Donating is easy and takes only a few minutes, and you do not need a PayPal account to make a donation. We can also accept donations by other means (bitcoin, flattr, etc…). You can find out more about donating here.
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How To Upgrade To OpenELEC 4.0 Release
If you are going to update from one of our older releases, we STRONGLY advise that you make a backup of your XBMC data and manual update . There was reports regarding new database versions, settings, addons and addon repos, which can cause issues if you are using updating from OpenELEC 3.2 or older. You can use our OpenELEC Settings addon if you are using OpenELEC-3.2 to backup your data and then reset it. If you are on an older build, you will need to do this manually:
mv /storage/.xbmc /storage/.xbmc-backup
For more details, please visit http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php?title=Updating_OpenELEC.
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Updated and changed Components since OpenELEC-3.2 (summary)
The buildsystem is the core “working tool” for the project and has been overhauled to fix issues and make it easier for the developer team to add new content. Our cross-compiling toolchain has been updated and optimised around newer versions of gcc-4.9.0, eglibc-2.19, binutils-2.23.2 and llvm-3.4.
Nearly all of the component packages used in OpenELEC are updated to current versions to fix issues and boost support for the latest hardware. The init system responsible for startup, shutdown, power management and hardware detection/configuration has been replaced with “systemd” to give greater flexibility and control.
Updates have been made to non-kernel wireless device drivers and a few newer chipsets have been added. Bluez has been revised for better bluetooth support. Curl now supports https connections, and both samba and nfs are refreshed to current versions.
Xorg-1.15 and Mesa-10.1 updates are backed by nvidia (331.67) and intel (2.99.911) GPU driver bumps. AMD support has seen radical changes; we switched from the problematic binary FGLRX (XVBA) driver to the new open source driver (7.3.0) based on VDPAU. The OSS driver is lighter (smaller in size and faster to boot) and brings numerous performance, feature, and stability improvements for AMD users. We added initial 4k support also known as UHD-TV.
The heart of the release is of course XBMC-13 (Gotham). We have also updated all PVR addons embedded with XBMC and there are a number of refinements to the OpenELEC settings addon. For changes and improvenments found in XBMC Gotham please visit http://xbmc.org/xbmc-13-0-gotham-rises/
Testing and Reporting
There has been many months of development and testing in the run-up to this beta release, but like any major update there are a lot of changes. Unfortunately, we are unable to test every scenario on all hardware, so it’s possible you might pick up on an issue we may have missed (this is why we do beta tests). We would like anyone brave enough to test this release and report issues that they find either with OpenELEC or XBMC.
Please report any issues you encounter to our issue tracker on github and/or forum. Please follow our guidelines for submitting issues outlined here: https://github.com/OpenELEC/OpenELEC.tv/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md
Supported Platform Changes
The number of builds supported has simplified. As of OpenELEC 4.0, images will be provided for AppleTV, Generic (i386 and x86_64) and Raspberry Pi’s.
We have also recently added support for Solid-Run Cubox-I devices to OpenELEC. However, this support is still under active development. Given the fact that this code base is not yet stable, we will not be providing an image for Cubox-i devices with OpenELEC-4.0. Hopefully this will change in the future as support for the platform matures.
New and dropped builds in OpenELEC 4.0
We will no longer be supplying specific builds for Arctic MC, Fusion, Intel and Ion devices – support for all of these devices has been rolled into the Generic builds. If you are using one of these builds, you will need to migrate to the Generic builds. If you need to migrate from an older unsupported build, please follow these instructions:
|from Version||Old System/Build||Architecture||to Version|
|OpenELEC =< 3.0||ION||i386 (with 32-bit capable hardware)||Generic i386|
|OpenELEC=< 3.2||ION||x86_64 (with 64-bit capable hardware)||Generic x86_64
|OpenELEC=< 3.0||Intel||i386 (with 32-bit capable hardware)||Generic i386|
|OpenELEC=< 3.2||Intel||x86_64 (with 64-bit capable hardware)||Generic x86_64
|OpenELEC=< 3.2||Generic_OSS||i386 (with 32-bit capable hardware)||Generic i386|
|OpenELEC=< 3.2||Generic_OSS||x86_64 (with 64-bit capable hardware)||Generic x86_64
|OpenELEC=< 3.0||Xtreamer Ultra 1/2||x86_64||Generic x86_64|
|OpenELEC=< 3.2||AMD Fusion||x86_64||Generic x86_64|
|OpenELEC=< 3.2||Arctic_MC||x86_64||Generic x86_64|
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We would like to thank our users, team members and partners for testing, reporting and fixing issues, creating how-to documents, developing new features, and their donations of hardware and funds to the project. We appreciate your continued support, without it we would not be able to continue.
Questions & Feedback
You can find the new release of OpenELEC 4.0.0 on the downloads page