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OpenELEC 3.2 released: Raspberry Pi Update Instructions

OpenELEC is a lightweight OS, built from the ground up, primarily to run XBMC on various devices, including Raspberry Pi. It runs smoothly Raspberry Pi compared to other media center OSes. This post introduces the recently released OpenELEC 3.2 update.

OpenELEC 3.2

What’s New in OpenELEC 3.2

OpenELEC 3.2 release is based upon XBMC Frodo (12.x) but brings many notable changes, including performance improvement for Raspberry Pi:

  • 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
  • Updated graphic drivers from AMD, Intel and nVidia
  • Updated and improved pi firmware
  • Updated drivers and driver firmware
  • Updated XVBA, VDPAU and VAAPI libraries
  • Intel VPP (Video Post Processing API)
  • Support for many more remotes and keymaps
  • Initial PPTP and OpenVPN support
  • 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

The original release announcement is available here.

Installation and Configuration Instructions

OpenELEC Installation Instructions

Build a Low-Cost Raspberry Pi Media Center ~$65 Price
Raspberry Pi 3 (RPi3) Model B Quad-Core 1.2 GHz 1 GB RAM Kit, including: ~$49.99
Samsung 16GB EVO Class 10 Micro SDHC Card with Adapter ~$6.99
SANOXY Wireless USB PC Remote Control Mouse for PC ~$8.00

Upgrade Instructions

Systems running OpenELEC 3.0 or above will automatically update to OpenELEC 3.2 if auto-update is enabled.

OpenELEC 3.2 Update Options
OpenELEC Update Options

If not, you can update manually through the “Check for updates now” option from within OpenELEC settings. Depending on your internet connection, allow few minutes for the download and installation of the update. After a couple of reboots, you should be running OpenELEC 3.2. Do not worry, your settings and configurations will not be affected.

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Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.