Personally, and considering that Raspbian offers much more, I think that I am not the "target" of a proposal like this, but it does have its market. We are talking about an operating system for the Raspberry Pi that is designed to run Kodi and a new version has been released a few hours ago. To be more specific, what is available right now is FreeELEC 9.2.1, a new delivery that has arrived three months after former and that, as we read in the release note, happens to be based on Kodi 18.6, the latest version of the famous multimedia player.
According to its developers, LibreELEC 9.2.1 contains many changes and improvements to the user experience and a complete revision of the underlying operating system kernel to improve stability and expand hardware support compared to LE 9.0. Below you have the list of new features that have been included in this version.
What's new in LibreELEC 9.2.1
- Based on Kodi 18.6.
- WireGuard support has been added in settings.
- Improvements and changes for the Raspberry Pi 4:
- Now you have to add "hdmi_enable_4kp60 = 1" (without the quotes) to config.txt if we want to use the 4K output of the RP4. The above line no longer works.
- Performance and behavior on the 4B have been improved.
- The 4B now uses the SPI flash for the bootloader. The current firmware only supports SD cards to boot.
- Support for HBR audio and 3D video has been added.
- Other minor fixes and improvements.
Existing users can update to the new version from the same operating system, something that will be done automatically as soon as it is started. For new installations, you can use the official tool for Windows, Linux and macOS which is available from this link. Another option is to use the NOOBS of Raspberry, with which we will be installing a previous version that will be updated automatically from the operating system.
The developers assure that they are preparing improvements for future versions, among which the inclusion of Linux 5.x stands out, but that still has to wait.