Recently the release of the new version of LibreELEC 10.0.2 was announced, which is developed as a fork of the OpenELEC distribution (for creating home theater systems) that makes use of the Kodi user interface as its media center.
This new released version of the system stands out for offering stable versions and working well for devices Allwinner, Generic and Rockchip. While for RPi (Raspberry pi) devices, for example pFor Rpi 4 various details are still being polished and for RPi2 and RPi3 support is added in this new version (remember that in version 10.0 there was no support for these two devices, at the cost of focusing on the RPi 4).
For those who do not know about LibreELEC, I can tell you that this It is one of the distributions that are suitable to turn any computer into a multimedia center which is as easy to use as a DVD player or set-top box.
The basic principle of the distribution is "everything just works", to obtain a completely ready-to-use environment, all you need to do is load LibreELEC from a flash drive and from then on the user does not have to worry about keeping the system up-to-date: the distribution uses an automatic update and download system That is activated when you connect to the global network. It is possible to extend the functionality of the distribution through a system of plugins that are installed from a separate repository developed by the project developers.
Main novelties of LibreELEC 10.0.2 Matrix
In this new version that is presented of the distribution highlights Kodi media center update to version 19.4, version in which mostly corrections and a few improvements were made (you can check the details of that version in this post)
Another novelty that stands out and of which we already mentioned at the beginning the returned support for Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 boards, since as we mentioned in ver. 10.0 only offered support for the RPi 4, in addition to this it is also highlighted that deinterlacing support was added on Raspberry P boards, as well as support for NVME drives for Raspberry Pi CM4 boards (compute module 4).
Other changes mentioned in the announcement of this new version of LibreELEC 10.0.2 related to the RPi, are that RPi graphics drivers are still in the process of being rewritten complete, in addition, the current development is focused on RPi 4 and that also the support for RPi0-1 was eliminated and of which they comment that it is unlikely to return (lacks power for the new graphic stack)
On the other hand, it is also mentioned that it was added support for 10-bit and 12-bit video output for Raspberry Pi 4 boards and that The following features are currently in the works:
- HDMI output up to 4kp60
- H264 and H265 HW decoding
- NEW: HDR output (HDR10 and HLG)
- NEW: HD Audio pass-through (Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD)
- NEW: deinterlacing support (PVR/DVD)
- NEW: 10/12 bit video output
Finally If you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details In the following link.
Download LibreELEC 10.0.2
For download, images are prepared to work from a USB drive or SD card (x86 32 and 64 bit, Raspberry Pi 2, 3 and 4, various devices based on Rockchip and Amlogic chips). You can get this by going to the official website of the project and in its download section you will get the picture of it.
Those who download the image for Raspberry Pi, can save the system on their SD card with the help of Etcher which is a multiplatform tool.
Finally the team mention that en the first boot the system will be updated the Kodi media database so the update time may vary depending on the size of your hardware and media collection, this could take several minutes.