Recently, the developers of a Linux-based operating system made the leap from Python 3.9 to Python 3.10, warning that it was a big leap and that some bad things could happen. If that possibility exists from v3.9 to v3.10, both part of v3.x, imagine what can happen to upload from python 2.x to python 3.x. Updating is not bad, it is done for good, but if the developers do not catch up, the change can be dramatic, something that we are noticing especially in a multimedia center that a few hours ago launched Kodi 19.4.
I use Linux and haven't been able to test it on Windows (I'll see if I do it on a VM later), but many Kodi addons are known to be failing. The funny thing is that they worked until v19.2, and everything started to "crash" in v19.3. Therefore, some of us hoped that everything would return to normal with a Kodi 19.4 with which the project has congratulated the new year, since it is the first release of 2022.
What's New in Kodi 19.4
- Estuary has fixed the context menu on the main screen when there are more than 10 items in the menu and the search bar will not disappear after 5s when using some application to control Kodi remotely.
- In the input (Input), some problems with the Chinese and English keyboards have been fixed.
- Music: Fixed the export to NFO of the artist's discography.
- In PVB there is a new sorting method for recordings based on seasons and episodes; fixed a crash when navigating an empty guide; and fixed that deleting or hiding a channel's group was not working correctly.
- In the user interface they have corrected any favorites for a restricted or blocked media source, which is now hidden; have fixed the status of the title and viewed on a Blu-Ray ISO, which now displays correctly; and it has been fixed when an incorrect language was identified by a subtitle name.
- Video: EDL muting works, and ASS subtitle view works fine.
- Android: Adjusted audio buffering and fixed various issues with TrueHD stutter/dropout.
- Linux: Fixed autoplay of DVDs.
- Fullscreen cursor position has been fixed on macOS.
- Windows: Fixed flickering when interlacing H.264 SD on AMD GPUs, and unexpected crash due to network settings.
- Xbox: New audio pass through WASAPI and fixed permissions bug that prevented Python plugins from installing.
The addons that still do not work
Unfortunately, this is not something that has been fixed in Kodi 19.4, but because it is not your problem. It's up to the plugin developers to make it work without a trace of Python 2.x anymore. It is something that we have also seen in some GIMP plugins: they were developed based on Python 2.x and have stopped working. Is it GIMP problem? No, it's a problem with developers who haven't outgrown their software for new technologies. In fact, on Kodi 19.4 there is some addon that works perfectly, but others simply do not show anything. It's a shame, but that's what it is right now. We must not despair too much and be patient, and even thank them for their work. But in 19.4 we still can't enjoy his creations.