The OpenELEC team is proud to announce OpenELEC 4.1.4.
The OpenELEC 4.1 release series are test releases (beta) for OpenELEC-4.2.
OpenELEC-4.2 will be the next stable release, which is a feature release and the successor of OpenELEC-4.0.
This release includes some bugfixes, security fixes and improvements since OpenELEC-4.1.3. Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates we updated XBMC to XBMC Gotham 13.2 RC1, FFmpeg to ffmpeg-2.3.2, kernel to linux-3.16.1 and OpenSSL to OpenSSL-1.0.1i. We fixed crashes with LiveTV introduced in 4.1.3, added fixes for iMON and Xpad Controllers and remotes, added support for DVBSky s950v3 and s952v3 DVB hardware and updated the RaspberryPi firmware to include the last fixes and features.
This build includes a new MMC/SDCard driver, which is disabled by default.
This is expected to become the default sdcard driver in the future. It should avoid some of the issues of the old driver, like polling with interrupts disabled, and could improve performance and avoid interfering with other drivers (e.g. USB or LIRC).
You can choose the new driver with adding bcm2708.bcm2835_mmc=1 to cmdline.txt. To edit your cmdline.txt run the following commands and reboot after the change:
mount -o remount,rw /flash nano /flash/cmdline.txt
Since OpenELEC 4.0 we have some parts of the underlying OS reworked. OpenELEC 4.1/4.2 is now based on Kernel linux-3.16, Mesa-10.2 and Xorg-1.16. We updated the Nvidia Graphic drivers in the 64-bit image to 340.x (32-bit remains on 304.123), Systemd to systemd-215, our Connectionmanager to connman-1.24 and XBMC to XBMC Gotham 13.2. We switched our libc from eglibc to glibc. We added support for nss-mdns, support to perform filesystem checks on every boot for our both default system partitions and ffmpeg-2.3 to our x86 builds. With switching to ffmpeg-2.3 on our x86 builds we now support h265(HEVC).
You should only upgrade from OpenELEC-4.0 to OpenELEC 4.1.1 for testing purposes. If you are going to update to one of our beta releases, we STRONGLY advise that you make a backup of your XBMC data.
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How To Upgrade To OpenELEC 4.1 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 do a manual update . You can use our OpenELEC Settings addon if you are using OpenELEC-3.2 or later to backup your data. For more details, please visit http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php?title=Updating_OpenELEC.
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Updated core Components (summary)
- update to bcm2835-bootloader-43c5b2f
- update to bcm2835-driver-43c5b2f
- update to xbmc-13-f2ddaae
- update to linux-3.16.1
- update to ffmpeg-2.3.2
- update to ppp-2.4.7
- update to cmake-3.0.1
- update to openssl-1.0.1i
- xbmc: update FM support patch
- projects/RPi/patches/linux: update RPi support patch
- projects/RPi/linux: enable optional MMC_BCM2835 and MMC_BCM2835_DMA driver
- pciutils: update pci.ids
- usbutils: update usb.ids
- linux: Ignore diagonals for iMON PAD in keyboard mode
- linux: add support for dvbsky s950v3 / s952v3
- linux: Created a patch from the work Valve did on the xpad kernel driver.
- libva-intel-driver: add FD82466 patch
- hdparm: use hdparm to set speedcontrol
For a full changelog on what's new, follow the link below:
Testing and Reporting
There has been many months of development and testing in the run-up to this releases, 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.x, 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.x. Hopefully this will change in the future as support for the platform matures.
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 4.1.4 on the downloads page