The OpenELEC team is proud to announce its 2nd Beta of OpenELEC 6.0. Internally this will be known by the less-catchy name OpenELEC 5.95.2.
The OpenELEC 5.95 release series are test releases (beta) for OpenELEC-6.0.
OpenELEC-6.0 will be the next stable release, which is a feature release and the successor of OpenELEC-5.0.
The most visible change is the update from Kodi-14.2 Helix to Kodi-15.0 Isengard (beta 2). Beginning with Kodi-15 most audio encoder, audio decoder, PVR and visualisation addons are no longer included in our base OS, but they are available via Kodi's addon manager and must be installed from there, if needed. Our own PVR backends such as VDR and TVHeadend will install needed dependencies automatically. Other than that, please refer to http://kodi.tv/kodi-15-0-isengard-beta-2/ to see all the changes in Kodi-15.
Our OS is updated to latest ffmpeg (2.6), Mesa (10.6), Xorg-1.17, libva-1.6 (pre), Kernel 4.0 (except iMX6 / WeTek_Play platform), systemd (219), Binutils (2.25), Glibc (2.21), libressl (2.1.7) and LLVM-3.6. Also we updated the whole OS with recent releases of all packages and we added support for Xorg's new input driver system based on libinput and updated many Xorg libs and GPU drivers to more modern releases.
We now officially support WeTek'sWeTek Play devices with a build that can be installed to the internal NAND or as a dual boot system together with WeTek's Android version on SDCard. Our iMX6 build supports now all Solidrun CuBox-i/TV devices, Solidrun Hummingboard and OSMC's Vero (but we recommend that you use at least Solidrun CuBox-i2eX / Hummingboard-i2eX or better).
Because we are now using NVidia's latest stable GPU drivers, older ION-based systems are no longer supported via our Generic build. To continue support of older NVidia-based hardware, we introduced a new build called "NVidia_Legacy" which must be used on such hardware. Be aware NVidia will drop support for this device in the next few years.
YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO MAKE A FULL BACKUP before performing a manual update and perform a “Reset System Settings to defaults (Soft Reset)” after the update if you update directly from OpenELEC-5.0 or earlier.
Please note that many addons and skins remain to be ported by their developers. This is out of our control and until this happens, they will either not work or be marked as broken by Kodi. If an addon or skin is essential to you, please confirm with its developer prior to upgrade if it is compatible with Kodi (Isengard).
Supported Platform Changes
- [Dropped] Generic 32bit (i386) builds
We dropped our Generic 32bit (i386) build. There are not many more devices which are used with OpenELEC. This mainly affects users with one of the first NVidia ION devices. Most users running this build are able to switch to our 64bit build (x86_64) because the hardware supports this. Please refer to our Wiki for instructions for migrating a 32bit build to 64bit or use our forum to get support.
Users with 32bit hardware can use our 5.0 releases. If they want to buy new hardware, we recommend switching to a RaspberryPi 2 or WeTek-Play
- [CHANGED] Generic 64bit (x86_64) builds
The Generic x86_64 build contains now the latest NVidia GPU drivers, which drops support for older NVidia GPU hardware. A list of supported Graphic hardware you can find at http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/83686.
- [NEW] NVidia_Legacy 64bit (x86_64) build
Due to the drop of older NVidia Hardware in our Generic 64bit build, we provide a legacy build with legacy NVidia drivers. This build contains only NVidia Graphic drivers (no Intel/AMD GPU hardware is supported). A list of supported Graphic hardware can be found at http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/80134. Please update to this build from Generic build if you have this hardware. Be aware that NVidia will drop support for these devices in the next few years.
- [NEW] WeTek_Play ARM build
WeTek offers a new dimension of technology, innovative products and solutions with the best support. Wetek is a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing products, which will satisfy all customer needs (in the sector of Home entertainment) and contribute to a better quality life for clients.
Starting with OpenELEC-6.0 we officially support Wetek's WeTek Play ARM devices. WeTek Play is a unique TV box. With Android and/or OpenELEC, WeTek gives your TV the full potential of Internet. Certified by Google, WeTek gives you access to thousands of Android applications through Google Play. WeTek Play includes Plug and Play DVB Tuners for Satellite (Twin Tuner), Cable, Terrestrial and ATSC (depending on the model) and you have a unique experience of DVB and Multimedia in one small device.
|Processor (CPU)||AMLogic AML-8726 MX (1.5 GHz Dual Core)|
|GPU||Mali MP400 (Dual Core)|
|RAM||Memory 1GB DDR III|
|Flash memory||4GB NAND|
Plug & Play:
*can be purchased separately
|Wireless LAN||802.11 B/G/N|
|USB||5 (3 external, 2 internal)|
|Serial Debug||Yes external|
|Power socket||DC In|
|LED||3x (power, LAN, WiFi)|
|RF||With motion RCU|
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Updated core Components (summary) since OpenELEC 5.95.1 (6.0 beta 1)
- update to mesa-10.6.0
- update to kmod-21
- update to kodi-15.0-beta2-daedd5f
- update to freetype-2.6
- update to OpenELEC-settings-0.6.8
- update to libressl-2.1.7
- update to RTL8192DU-7498302, this fixes #4187
- update to bcm2835-bootloader-37600d5
- update to bcm2835-driver-37600d5
- update to wireless-regdb-2015.06.05
- update to fuse-2.9.4
- update to libmicrohttpd-0.9.42
- update to wireless-regdb-2015.05.15
- update to wlan-firmware-0.0.29
- update to misc-firmware-0.0.14
- update to iwlwifi-firmware-0.0.2
- update to linux-4.0.5
- update to xf86-input-libinput-0.11.0
- update to libinput-0.17.0
- update to libpng-1.6.17
- update to xf86-video-intel-7d30cce
- update to libva-1.6.0.pre1
- update to libva-intel-driver-1.6.0.pre1
- update to xorg-server-1.17.1
- update to cmake-3.2.3
- update to u-boot-imx6-e817fa3
- update to arm-mem-4418bb4
- update to llvm-3.6.1
- update to sqlite-autoconf-3081002
- update to dbus-1.8.18
- update to glib-2.44.1
- update to udevil-0.4.4
- update to firmware-imx-3.14.28-1.0.0
- update to imx-vpu-5.4.28
- update to libfslvpuwrap-1.0.58
- update to RTL8188EU-3091828
- update to e2fsprogs-1.42.13
- update to ffmpeg-2.6.3
- update to libXrandr-1.5.0
- update to randrproto-1.5.0
- update to dcadec-37d8e68
- update to libssh-0.7.0
- update to xf86-video-nvidia-346.72
- update to libbdplus-0.1.2
- update to libbluray-0.8.0, enable UDF support
- update to libdrm-2.4.61
- update to libcec-3.0.0
- update to libhdhomerun-20150406
- projects/RPi*/patches/kodi: update RPi support patches
- linux: add and update some AMD and RTL firmwares
- IMX: Update 352Mhz patch for newer kernel remove pr_info message
- kodi: add PR7280
- projects/*/linux: enable CONFIG_HID_SMARTJOYPLUS, this fixes #3973
- Build SPI BCM_2708 and BCM_2835 as modules - in line with Raspbian
- Add CuBox-i remote codes
- projects/WeTek_Play/linux: Disable CONFIG_FB_AMLOGIC_UMP in kernel config
- project imx6: add sgtl5000 analog output alsa config file
- projects/RPi*|imx6/linux: enable CONFIG_W1, this fixes #3975
- libc: install package 'arm-mem' on all RPi variants
- arm-mem: install libarmmem-a7.so on cortex-a7
- projects/WeTek_Play/patches/kodi: add patch to force IEC958 Audio and remove temporary patch to Allow audio passthrough
- libressl: symlink cert.pem
- libressl: fix certificate name
For a full changelog on what's new, follow the link below:
How To Upgrade To OpenELEC 6.0 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 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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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 Kodi.
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 5.95.2 on the downloads page