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OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3 Released: Introducing Kodi-15.0 Isengard (RC 2)

On July 16, 2015 Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC) announced the release of the 3rd Beta (test version) of OpenELEC 6.0 ( or OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3), formerly known as OpenELEC 5.95.3. OpenELEC is a Linux distribution designed for home theater PCs and based on the Kodi media player.

What’s New in OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3?

The biggest change in OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3 is the upgrade form Kodi-14.2 Helix to Kodi-15.0 Isengard (RC 2).

OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3 OS now supports latest ffmpeg (2.6), Mesa (10.6), Xorg-1.17, libva-1.6, Kernel 4.1 (except iMX6 / WeTek_Play platform), systemd (219), Binutils (2.25), Glibc (2.21), libressl (2.1.7) and LLVM-3.6. The OS is also updated with recent releases of all packages and support for Xorg’s new input driver system based on libinput and updated many Xorg libs and GPU drivers to more modern releases.

OpenELEC officially announced to support devices such as The WeTek’s WeTek Play, Solidrun CuBox-i/TV, Solidrun Hummingboard, and OSMC’s Vero.

Audio encoder, audio decoder, PVR and visualization addons are no longer included in OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3 OS, but are available via Kodi’s addons. OpenELEC’s PVR backends (such as VDR and TVHeadend) are included and will install needed dependencies automatically.

For complete list of changes to features and core components, please refer to OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3 release notes.

The Summary of Changes to Core Components since OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3

The following lists summarizes changes to core components in OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3:

  • update to dvb-firmware-0.0.48
  • update to kodi-15.0-rc2-0aa930b
  • update to bcm2835-bootloader-47d51d6
  • update to bcm2835-driver-47d51d6
  • update to mesa-10.6.2
  • update to gettext-0.19.5
  • update to linux-4.1.2
  • update to nano-2.4.2
  • update to libevdev-1.4.3
  • update to libshairplay-0f41ade
  • update to libinput-0.19.0
  • update to xproto-7.0.28
  • update to openssh-6.9p1
  • update to xproto-7.0.28
  • update to openssh-6.9p1
  • update to libva-1.6.0
  • update to libva-intel-driver-1.6.0
  • update to platform-1.0.10
  • update to libdrm-2.4.62
  • update to gcc-4.9.3
  • update to curl-7.43.0
  • update to mpfr-3.1.3
  • update to xorg-server-1.17.2
  • update to xf86-video-nvidia-352.21
  • update to RTL8812AU-3f015f0
  • projects/RPi*/linux: enable CONFIG_BCM_VC_SM, needed to show HW Cursor
  • projects/RPi2/patches/linux: update RPi support patches
  • projects/RPi2/patches/kodi: update RPi support patches
  • projects/imx6/linux: enable CONFIG_SND_SOC_IMX_AC97_VT1613
  • Fix 16bpp patch which doesn’t use stride consistently – see #4221
  • kodi: enhance english kb layout a bit
  • linux: add patch for Hauppauge HVR-2205/2215/2255 support
  • linux: fix TechnoTrend S2-4600 DVB-S received
  • Configure RPi/RPi2 platform with optimal CPU and IO settings
  • projects/WeTek_Play/initramfs: Init framebuffer according to HDMI resolution from kernel command line
  • projects/WeTek_Play/patches/kodi: Make ugly IEC958 workaround less ulgy

Upgrade to To OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3 Release

You can upgrade the software to the latest OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3 version manually or automatically. Please follow our OpenELEC Manual Update guide or OpenELEC Wiki for detailed instructions. For older versions, data backup and manual upgrade to OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3 are highly recommended.

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