The stable version of the LibreELEC 9.0 project has just been launched, which after weeks of development is finally here. LibreELEC is a non-profit fork of OpenELEC as an open source device, a Linux distro enough for Kodi.
This fork of OpenELEC is a conservator of the OpenELEC project with a greater emphasis on pre-launch testing and post-launch change management.
Kodi is an excellent open source media player, which allows the user to have an immersive experience with music and video.
With the help of LibreELEC, you can turn any computer into a multimedia center, working with it is no more difficult than with a DVD player or set-top box.
The basic principle of "everything just works" layout, for a completely ready-to-work environment.
The user does not have to worry about keeping the system up-to-date: the distribution kit uses a system to automatically download and install updates, which is activated when connected to the global network.
It is possible to extend the functionality of the distribution kit through the system of plugins that are installed from a separate repository developed by the project developers.
The distribution does not use the base package of other distributions and is based on its own developments.
In addition to the usual features of Kodi, the distribution kit provides a number of additional functions aimed at maximum simplification of work.
The distribution kit supports features such as remote control use (can be controlled via infrared and Bluetooth), file sharing (a Samba server is built in), built-in Streaming BitTorrent client, auto search, and local drive connection and external.
LibreELEC 9.0 main news
As announced, this new version of LibreELEC 9.0 It is based on the Kodi Medical Center updated to version 18.0.
With which the interface options expanded for the system configuration and various features were added, among which we can find a form to change the password for remote access through SSH.
The password change form is displayed if login is activated via SSH, previously a predefined password was used).
We also found a new set of default firewall rules, which separates access to resources from local and external networks.
A firewall allows you to increase the security of the LibreELEC 9.0 accessible media center through the Internet.
A separate section has been added to the configurator menu to manage updates. The contents of the configurator sections were deleted.
The added Safe Boot Mode can be used in case of problems with the Kodi interface.
This mode kicks in after five failures to start Kodi and differs by applying default settings and disabling add-ons.
The framework includes a large selection of drivers for DVB devices and an interface to activate the associated kernel modules.
In addition to the built-in support for launching retroactive games on Kodi, LibreELEC activated a set of plugins with various game console emulators (games are not included and must be installed from the repository).
Also within the news of this new version Support for new devices is highlighted: Khadas VIM and Libre Computer LePotato based on Amlogic and 96rocks ROCK960, ASUS Tinker Board, Firefly ROC-RK3328-CC, Khadas Edge, PINE64 ROCK64, PINE64 RockPro64, Popcorn Hour Rock Rock, Popcorn Hour Transformer, Radxa ROCK, Rockchip Sapphire Board and Mqmaker Rockchip chip-based MiQi (Rockchip support is still in the alpha testing stage).
Yet A special configuration plug-in is being developed that allows you to configure network connection parameters, manage LCD screen settings, and enable or disable automatic installation of updates.
How to get LibreELEC 9.0?
The images have been prepared for download from a USB drive or SD card (x86 32 and 64 bit, Raspberry Pi 1/2/3, various devices on Rockchip and Amlogic chips).
This can be obtained by going to the official website of the project and in its download section you will obtain the image of it.
For those who are Raspberry Pi users, they can save the downloaded image with the help of Etcher.