OpenELEC Changelog

New in version 5.0.0

December 28th, 2014
  • The headline change is the update from XBMC 13 (Gotham) to Kodi 14 (Helix) and the big switch from XBMC to Kodi branding. Both project teams have conducted a major find/replace but if you spot residual mentions of XBMC anywhere please let us know. The name change affects more than the GUI; all references in code have been changed and in the OpenELEC filesystem /storage/.xbmc will be recreated as a symlink to /storage/.kodi to ensure hardcoded paths in addons or scripts continue to work. For information on Kodi 14 you can find on http://kodi.tv/kodi-14-0-helix-unwinds/ .
  • Supported Platform Changes:
  • We are adding Freescale imx6 support for a limited number of boxes, starting with the CuBox-i and CuboxTV mini devices. Also, after many years, support for the mk1 (silver) AppleTV build has been discontinued, and there will be no official v5.0 (Kodi) release for Apple devices. This decision was partly driven by the Kodi development team removing CrystalHD acceleration support in Kodi v14.0 and the unrelated removal of the CrystalHD driver from the v3.17 Linux kernel. In both cases CrystalHD code has not been maintained for several years, and as surrounding codebases moved forwards over time the level of compatibility and optimisation has gone distinctly backwards. At the same time, XBMC’s gradual increase in size breached the limits of the 256MB RAM available in the box to cause a cascade of playback problems for an increasing number of users. Our AppleTV user base has grown sizeable over time, and to the users upset by this announcement we apologise. However, the project staff felt that it was time and that v4.2 should be the final AppleTV release.

New in version 5.0 RC3 (December 22nd, 2014)

  • update to bcm2835-bootloader-2f9828c
  • update to bcm2835-driver-2f9828c
  • update to OpenELEC-settings-0.5.7
  • update to kodi-14-8fb5660
  • update to vdpauinfo-0.9
  • update to boost-1_57_0
  • update to libvdpau-0.9
  • update to xorg-server-1.16.3
  • update to ethtool-3.18
  • update to rpcbind-0.2.2
  • update to dbus-1.8.12
  • update to dosfstools-3.0.27
  • update to linux-3.17.7
  • update to kodi-pvr-addons-9f63d1b
  • update to arm-mem-2e6f275
  • update to connman-1.27
  • projects/RPi/patches/linux: update RPi support patch
  • projects/RPi/patches/kodi: update RPi support patch
  • IMX: Disable deinterlace by default (user can enable it manually)
  • imx6: fixup reboot
  • busybox: Increase the limit for the number of lines in less.
  • util-linux: specify more configure options, build with losetup and libsmartcol support
  • kodi: add patch to disable unsupported powerfunctions for iMX6 builds
  • projects/*/linux: build RTSX USB and PCIe cardreader drivers statically
  • init: warn on obvious KERNEL/SYSTEM mismatch
  • Build BCM2708 watchdog driver as module for RPi
  • linux: Port fixes for gpu hang to 3.17
  • projects/imx6/options: dont setup firmwares twice, readd BT firmwares, this fixes non working BT on cubox-i & co.

New in version 5.0 RC2 (December 10th, 2014)

  • The headline change is the big switch from XBMC to Kodi branding. Both project teams have conducted a major find/replace but if you spot residual mentions of XBMC anywhere please let us know. The name change affects more than the GUI; all references in code have been changed and in the OpenELEC filesystem /storage/.xbmc will be recreated as a symlink to /storage/.kodi to ensure hardcoded paths in addons or scripts continue to work. For information on Kodi 14 you can find on http://kodi.tv/kodi-14-0-helix-beta-1-springs-forward/ .

New in version 5.0 RC1 (December 2nd, 2014)

  • The headline change is the big switch from XBMC to Kodi branding. Both project teams have conducted a major find/replace but if you spot residual mentions of XBMC anywhere please let us know. The name change affects more than the GUI; all references in code have been changed and in the OpenELEC filesystem /storage/.xbmc will be recreated as a symlink to /storage/.kodi to ensure hardcoded paths in addons or scripts continue to work. For information on Kodi 14 you can find on http://kodi.tv/kodi-14-0-helix-beta-1-springs-forward/ .

New in version 5.0 Beta 4 (November 23rd, 2014)

  • The headline change is the big switch from XBMC to Kodi branding. Both project teams have conducted a major find/replace but if you spot residual mentions of XBMC anywhere please let us know. The name change affects more than the GUI; all references in code have been changed and in the OpenELEC filesystem /storage/.xbmc will be recreated as a symlink to /storage/.kodi to ensure hardcoded paths in addons or scripts continue to work. For information on Kodi 14 you can find on http://kodi.tv/kodi-14-0-helix-beta-1-springs-forward/ .

New in version 5.0 Beta 3 (November 19th, 2014)

  • The headline change is the big switch from XBMC to Kodi branding. Both project teams have conducted a major find/replace but if you spot residual mentions of XBMC anywhere please let us know. The name change affects more than the GUI; all references in code have been changed and in the OpenELEC filesystem /storage/.xbmc will be recreated as a symlink to /storage/.kodi to ensure hardcoded paths in addons or scripts continue to work. For information on Kodi 14 you can find on http://kodi.tv/kodi-14-0-helix-beta-1-springs-forward/ .

New in version 5.0 Beta 2 (November 13th, 2014)

  • The headline change is the big switch from XBMC to Kodi branding. Both project teams have conducted a major find/replace but if you spot residual mentions of XBMC anywhere please let us know. The name change affects more than the GUI; all references in code have been changed and in the OpenELEC filesystem /storage/.xbmc will be recreated as a symlink to /storage/.kodi to ensure hardcoded paths in addons or scripts continue to work. For information on Kodi 14 you can find on http://kodi.tv/kodi-14-0-helix-beta-1-springs-forward/ .

New in version 5.0 Beta 1 (November 6th, 2014)

  • The headline change is the big switch from XBMC to Kodi branding. Both project teams have conducted a major find/replace but if you spot residual mentions of XBMC anywhere please let us know. The name change affects more than the GUI; all references in code have been changed and in the OpenELEC filesystem /storage/.xbmc will be recreated as a symlink to /storage/.kodi to ensure hardcoded paths in addons or scripts continue to work.
  • Other notable “under the hood” changes include a version bump from v3.16 to v3.17 Linux kernel, and a switch from OpenSSL to LibreSSL following the heartbleed disclosure. The LibreSSL package includes better licensing and allows OpenELEC to be simplified by removing support for other cryptographic libraries such as GnuTLS.
  • Supported Platform Changes:
  • Finally, after many years of support the mk1 (silver) AppleTV build has been discontinued and there will be no official v5.0 (Kodi) release. This decision was partly driven by the Kodi development team removing CrystalHD acceleration support in Kodi v14.0 and the unrelated removal of the CrystalHD driver from the v3.17 Linux kernel. In both cases CrystalHD code has not been maintained for several years, and as surrounding codebases moved forwards over time the level of compatibility and optimisation has gone distinctly backwards. At the same time, XBMC’s gradual increase in size breached the limits of the 256MB RAM available in the box to cause a cascade of playback problems for an increasing number of users. Our AppleTV user base has grown sizeable over time, and to the users upset by this announcement we apologise. However, the project staff felt that it was time and that v4.2 should be the final AppleTV release.
  • Users thinking about upgrading an ageing AppleTV might like to consider the ultra-compact CuBox-i devices from our partner Solid-Run. Second generation Cubox-i devices are based on the Freescale i.MX6 system-on-chip (SoC) platform with multiple Cortex-A9 CPU’s, hardware 2D/3D GPU decoding, and a broad range of peripheral ports including 1080p HDMI and S/PDIF. Solid-Run are running a special promotion for OpenELEC users that gives a 10% discount on the recommended CuBox-i2ex and CuBox-i4pro models, including a larger 8GB micro SD (up from 4GB) that comes preinstalled with OpenELEC instead of Android.

New in version 4.2.1 (October 5th, 2014)

  • WLAN not working (using Aetheros HTC based WLAN sticks)
  • double keypresses with remotes
  • showing Xorg mouse cursor in various situations, like after wakeup from dpms/standby...
  • no or corrupt ASS/SSA subtitles
  • non working cpu temperature output on some systems
  • "stuttering" while playing videos on systems with Intel GPU