LibreELEC (Krypton) 8.0 preview builds continue with v7.90.004 which is now available for all build projects. Krypton support for imx6, WeTek Play/Core and various Amlogic devices is still being refined so do not expect perfection: we need our supporting community builders and code contributors to refocus their efforts from improving Jarvis to improving Krypton. The changes in v7.90.004 include:
In Kodi Krypton passthrough audio requires VideoPlayer to use the audio clock of the source material as its time reference. If you enable ”sync playback to display” Kodi is forced to use the connected panel frequency for its clock reference so passthrough audio is automatically disabled. Older versions of Kodi had a mode that duplicates (or drops) source audio to keep the audio clock in sync with the panel but this hack has been removed in Krypton. This is mentioned because we see reports of ”passthrough does not work in Alpha builds!” and legacy “sync playback to display” configuration is the main cause.
Kodi are expected to release the first Krypton Beta in the next ~10 days but Kodi starting beta does not mean LibreELEC also starts beta. Kodi development still has a long way to go (multiple beta and release candidate builds) and we still have a major Amlogic kernel change and support for the WeTek Hub and other Generic S905 devices to pull in. LibreELEC will continue with Alpha builds until we are confident the major components are solid (no major version changes needed) and properly tested.
LibreELEC operates a 24-hour ‘canary’ period between release files being posted to the download page and the release being available via auto-update.
** CAUTION **
Alpha builds exist for hands-on testing not a hands-off experience. If you run Alpha builds you must be willing to report issues via the forums and engage the LibreELEC and Kodi developers in hunting bugs. If you have no idea what a debug log is or “wife acceptance factor” is critical, these builds are not for you.
If you want to run Alpha builds please make a backup and store it somewhere safe (off-box) first. Your failure to make a backup is not our problem.
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