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OpenELEC 4.2.0 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 4.2.0 update.

OpenELEC 4.2.0 Released
OpenELEC 4.2.0 Released

What’s New in OpenELEC 4.2.0

OpenELEC 4.2.0 is a minor upgrade with the following updates and fixes:

  • OpenELEC-4.2 is now based on Kernel linux-3.16, Mesa-10.3, llvm-3.5 and Xorg-1.16.
  • Updated the Nvidia Graphic drivers in the 64-bit image to 340.x (32-bit remains on 304.123), systemd to systemd-216, our Connectionmanager to connman-1.25 and XBMC to XBMC Gotham 13.2.
  • witched our libc from eglibc to glibc, upgraded to glibc-2.20 and binutils-2.24.
  • Added support for nss-mdns, support to perform filesystem checks on every boot for our both default system partitions and ffmpeg-2.4 to our x86 builds. With switching to ffmpeg-2.4 on our x86 builds we now support h265(HEVC) and Dolby Atmos.
  • OpenELEC 4.2 includes a new MMC/SDCard driver for RaspberryPi. This is now the default sdcard driver. 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).
  • OpenELEC now uses the PSTATE CPU scaling driver for Intel Systems and includes drivers for more hardware like DVB devices and WLAN adapters.

Other updates:

  • update to bluez-5.23
  • update to xtrans-1.3.5
  • update to ffmpeg-2.4.1
  • update to swig-2.0.12
  • update to xz-5.0.7
  • update to xorg-server-1.16.1
  • update to gnutls-3.2.18
  • update to bcm2835-bootloader-53162d5
  • update to bcm2835-driver-53162d5
  • update to Mesa-10.3.0
  • update to dbus-1.8.8
  • update to linux-3.16.3
  • update to cmake-3.0.2
  • update to binutils-2.24
  • update to fuse-exfat-1.1.0
  • update to glibc-2.20
  • update to xf86-video-intel-2.99.916
  • update to service.openelec.settings-0.3.20
  • update to misc-firmware-0.0.12
  • update to dvb-firmware-0.0.44
  • projects/RPi/patches/linux: update RPi support patch
  • xbmc: add upstream patch to add atmos support
  • ffmpeg: add upstream patch to add atmos support
  • xbmc: add patch to support KEY_TV on ‘devinput’ devices
  • v4l-utils: add patch to add support for remotes like ‘at-visions’ one, thanks to at-visions for providing the hardware
  • RTL8812AU: add support for TP-Link Archer T4U-AC1200
  • RTL8812AU: add support for Buffalo WI-U2-433DM
  • RTL8812AU: add support for Edimax EW-7811UTC
  • RTL8812AU: add support for Netgear-A6100

The original release announcement is available here. Bugs can be filed here.

Download and Installation for Raspberry Pi

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OpenELEC Installation Instructions
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Upgrade Instructions

A clean install is recommended if you are moving from OpenELEC 3.X. Systems running OpenELEC 4.0 or above will automatically update to OpenELEC 4.2.0 if auto-update is enabled.

OpenELEC 4.2.0 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 4.2.0. Do not worry, your settings and configurations will not be affected.

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Anand

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, XBMC, and related HOW-TOs (read more).

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