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OpenELEC 5.0.7 Released: Switch to Kodi 14.2 Helix

OpenELEC is a lightweight OS, built from the ground up, primarily to run Kodi on various devices, including Raspberry Pi. It runs smoothly Raspberry Pi compared to other media center OSes. This post introduces the recently released OpenELEC 5.0.7 update.

What’s New in OpenELEC 5.0.7

OpenELEC started supporting Raspberry Pi 2.0 since version 5.0.1. OpenELEC 5.0.7 includes the following previous updates and fixes:

  • The most relevant change is the upgrade from XBMC (Gotham) to Kodi 14.2 (Helix). This comes with a branding switch and a change in the storage, creating a symlink to /storage/.kodi in /storage/.xbmc to ensure compatibility with addons or scripts. Due to the potential for problems from this renaming, it is advisable to make a full backup before updating, and performing a soft reset after (Reset System settings to defaults).
  • OpenELEC-5.0.7 upgrades the Linux kernel, from 3.16 to 3.17.
  • Following the heartbleed disclosure, OpenELEC 5.0.7 introduces a switch from OpenSSL to LibreSSL. The LibreSSL package includes better licensing and simplifies OpenELEC by making it possible to remove support for other cryptographic libraries such as GnuTLS.
  • Freescale iMX6 support added for a limited number of boxes. At first, support is included for the CuBox-i and CuboxTV mini devices.
  • Discontinued support for the mk1 (silver) AppleTV build.
OpenELEC 5.0.7 Released
OpenELEC 5.0.7 Released

Other Updates specific to 5.0.7:

  • update to bcm2835-bootloader-ffda51e
  • update to bcm2835-driver-ffda51e
  • update to linux-3.18.10 for RPi2
  • update to gdb-7.9
  • update to kodi-14-7cc53a9
  • update to nano-2.4.0
  • update to wireless-regdb-2015.03.13
  • update to kodi-addon-xvdr-39d66cd
  • update to libdrm-2.4.60
  • update to libva-intel-driver-1.5.1
  • update to libva-1.5.1
  • update to libXfont-1.5.1
  • update to openssh-6.8p1
  • update to libvdpau-1.1
  • update to vdpauinfo-1.0
  • update to libevdev-1.4
  • update to glib-2.42.2
  • update to dbus-glib-0.104
  • update to wpa_supplicant-2.4
  • update to libaacs-0.8.1
  • update to libevdev-1.3.2
  • update to libXxf86vm-1.1.4
  • update to randrproto-1.4.1
  • update to font-util-1.3.1
  • update to libX11-1.6.3
  • update to kodi-pvr-addons-4854fbe
  • projects/RPi*/patches/kodi: update RPi support patches
  • projects/imx6/patches/kodi: update imx6 patches
  • projects/imx6/patches/kodi: IMX – implement render capture (wolfgar)
  • projects/imx6/patches/linux: Add 352Mhz patch
  • add new package ‘gpu-viv-g2d’
  • libva-driver-intel: VPP: Make sure the store buffer is allocated
  • linux-imx6: update to latest stable/linux-3.14.y – Linux 3.14.36
  • projects/imx6/linux: include some firmwares
  • libva-intel-driver: Fix Advanced deinterlacing on IVB SNB BYT
  • projects/Generic: Add rtl8180 kernel driver
  • Use neon-vfpv4 fpu on RPi2
  • Intel: Fix EDID overriding (makes audio work)
  • linux-imx6: fix m88ds3103 in the TT CT2 patch (DVBSky S960 & PCTV 461e)

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

Download and Installation for Raspberry Pi

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Upgrade Instructions

A clean install is recommended if you are moving from OpenELEC 4.X. Systems running OpenELEC 5.0 or above will automatically update to OpenELEC 5.0.7 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 5.0.7. Do not worry, your settings and configurations will not be affected.

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