The launch of the new version of the Linux distribution, «Lakka 4.1″ version in which some changes and updates have been made of the system packages, of which the Kernel updated to 5.10.109 stands out, the Mesa drivers to version 22.0.1, RetroArch to version 1.10.2, among others.
For those who are unfamiliar with the project, they should know that is a modification of the LibreELEC distribution kit, which was originally designed for the creation of home theater systems.
Lakka is based on RetroArch game console emulator, It provides emulation of a wide range of devices and supports advanced features such as multiplayer games, save state, enhance the image of old games with shaders, rewind games, hot plug gamepads and video streaming.
Lakka uses RetroArch and the Libretro interface with an interface that mimics the PlayStation 3 XrossMediaBar (XMB). It is the most robust option you will find, with a large number of options for shaders, audio and video adjustments. Sometimes it is almost too much.
Main new features of Lakka 4.1
In this new version it is highlighted that the RetroArch package has been updated to version 1.10.2, as well as updated versions of emulators and game engines.
In addition, it also highlights new engines included: race (Neo-Geo Pocket), bk-emulator (BK-0010/0011/Terak 8510a), same_cdi (Philips CD-i), and mame (MAME Project). Removed duckstation engine (Sony Playstation).
It is mentioned that for standalone engines, added necessary system files for the operation, which eliminates the need to add them manually. At the same time, the system file loader is disabled, since such files are now included and available in the system directory.
On the other hand, it is worth noting that the necessary files for the cannonball, dinothawr, dolphin, ecwolf, fbneo, mame2003-plus, mame, nxengine, ppsspp, prboom, scummvm, uae4arm and xrick engines have been added.
It is also noted that in this new version many of the kernels are already compatible with Vulkan, so on platforms where Vulkan support is included (PCs with Intel and AMD GPUs, Raspberry Pi 4, Nintendo Switch, etc.).
While for those not yet supported it is mentioned that these cores should automatically switch to a different video driver in case they don't support the selected one.
Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:
- Improved management of pairing with Bluetooth devices.
- Updated package versions including Mesa 22.0.1, Linux kernel 5.10.109 (PC, Amlogic, Allwinner, NXP), and 5.10.103 (Raspberry Pi).
- Improved performance on systems with NVIDIA graphics cards.
- Added support for Wi-Fi adapters with USB interface: ASUS BT500 and TP-Link UB500.
- The RPi.GPIO Python library has been added to the builds for the Raspberry Pi.
Finally if you are interested in knowing more about it about this new version, you can check the details and also learn more about the project In the following link.
Download and try Lakka 4.1
Lakka is easy to install and use, so those who are interested in installing or testing this distro should download the system image by going directly to the website project officer in which in your download section They will be able to find the image of the system according to the device in which they want to test it. The link is this.
In the special case of those who are Raspberry Pi users As I mentioned above, if you are using PINN or NOOBS these can facilitate the download and installation of this on your SD card.
But in case it is not so When downloading the image, it can be recorded on your SD card (already formatted) with help from Etcher.
Once installed on your SD card or USB flash drive, you just have to copy your ROMs to the device, turn on the platform and connect your joypad and enjoy your favorite games.
Also, it is important to mention that Lakka builds are also generated for i386, x86_64 (Intel, NVIDIA or AMD GPU), Raspberry Pi 1-4, Orange Pi, Cubieboard, Cubieboard2, Cubietruck, Banana Pi, Hummingboard, Cubox-i platforms. , Odroid C1 / C1 + / XU3 / XU4 and etc.