This is the second BETA of our 8.2 release; a mid-year version bump to enhance hardware support and capabilities. This beta addresses issues in our OVA image, a Broadcom WIFI firmware vulnerability for Raspberry Pi 3 and Zero W users, and MPEG issues seen with some nVidia cards. It also adds support for the inexpensive Xbox ONE (DVB-C/T/T2) USB tuner (about €12 on eBay), and LibreELEC settings gains new options for changing the embedded Samba server Workgroup and adjusting the SMB protocol versions supported for security and SMB share compatibility. Kodi is bumped to 17.4 final.
Changes since LibreELEC 8.1.0 include:
!!! SAMBA UPDATE - IMPORTANT !!!
The fall “Creators Update” for Windows 10 removes SMB1 client/server support and NAS devices now ship with configuration that only supports SMB2/3 - causing problems because all versions of Kodi before 17.4 can only make SMB1 connections. This release includes changes that allow the Kodi SMB client and our embedded Samba server to work with SMB2/3 connections; improving SMB security and performance. However, it is a disruptive change:
SAMBA CONFIGURATION FILES
The active configuration for the Kodi SMB client is stored in /storage/.kodi/.smb/smb.conf which can be extended with personal changes in /storage/.kodi/.smb/user.conf. Posts in the Kodi forum often refer to configuration files in ~/.smb/smb.conf - this location is incorrect for Kodi 17.4 which is modified to use its own ‘internal’ smbclient configuration.
The active configuration file for the embedded Samba server is /etc/samba/smb.conf unless a personal configuration exists in /storage/.config/samba.conf. Samba is started with an explicit declaration of the config file to use so it will not detect ~/.smb/smb.conf if it exists (this location is used on some other Linux distributions).
We see frequent forum postings where users attempt to change the Kodi smbclient configuration through the /storage/.config/samba.conf file. This is pointless. The embedded Samba server configuration has no effect on the Samba client connections made by Kodi.
If you experience issues with SMB shares (client or server) please post in the forums sharing information on the Windows and Samba versions, and a Kodi debug log, and we will do our best to help.
!! LIRC CHANGES !!
In LibreELEC 8.0 the Lirc service is enabled when an IR receiver is detected in the system, but it is not started unless used with the lirc_rpi or lirc_xbox drivers or a personal lircd.conf. In LibreELEC 8.2 the Lirc service supports all drivers. This can result in the service starting and interfering with normal IR operations. If you experience “double button presses” after updating the Lirc service can be disabled in the ‘Services’ tab of the LibreELEC settings add-on. The Lirc service is disabled in new installations and must be manually enabled. Thanks to @HiasoffT changes the Lirc service is now configurable using a combination of /storage/.config/lirc_options.conf and lircd.conf - the same approach as most desktop Linux distributions (and howto instructions users find via Google searches).
After recent security issues with Kodi and Samba we need to ensure more users are running the latest release to benefit from feature and security bug fixes. To achieve this we have changed the default setting for auto-update from manual to auto. Auto-update provides maintenance updates, e.g. 8.1.0 BETA to 8.1.1 and 8.2.0 and from 8.2.0 to 8.2.1 etc. in the 8.2 release series. Major version updates are still manual (user-initiated) updates, e.g. 8.2.0 to a future 9.0.0 release. Users can revert to manual update in the LibreELEC settings add-on. NB: LibreELEC operates a 24-hour canary period between new release files being available and auto-update being enabled.
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New installations using the LibreELEC USB-SD Creator app
New installation using 3rd party USB or SD writer apps (.img.gz)
LibreELEC-Generic.x86_64-8.1.1.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-RPi.arm-8.1.1.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-RPi2.arm-8.1.1.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-Slice.arm-8.1.1.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-Slice3.arm-8.1.1.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-imx6.arm-8.1.1.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-Odroid_C2.aarch64-8.1.1.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Play.arm-8.1.1.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Core.arm-8.1.1.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Hub.aarch64-8.1.1.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Play_2.aarch64-8.1.1.img.gz (info)
New Install to WeTek internal NAND (.zip)
Manual Update from LibreELEC 7.0, 8.0, or OpenELEC (.tar)
LibreELEC-Generic.x86_64-8.1.1.tar (info) LibreELEC-RPi.arm-8.1.1.tar (info) LibreELEC-RPi2.arm-8.1.1.tar (info) LibreELEC-Slice.arm-8.1.1.tar (info) LibreELEC-Slice3.arm-8.1.1.tar (info) LibreELEC-imx6.arm-8.1.1.tar (info) LibreELEC-Odroid_C2.aarch64-8.1.1.tar (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Play.arm-8.1.1.tar (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Core.arm-8.1.1.tar (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Hub.arm-8.1.1.tar (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Play_2.arm-8.1.1.tar (info)