This is the third beta for our 8.2 release. It addresses minor findings related to the Samba bump: we now detect and avoid invalid Samba v3 configurations, old samba.conf.sample templates are overwritten with the new v4 template, and remote SMB shares are mounted using SMB2 or where possible SMB3. The release also adds support for the Raspberry Pi IQAudIO Digi+ board and a Xiaomi BT remote, and includes security fixes for the Blueborne Linux/BlueZ vulnerability. This is hopefully the final 8.1.x beta release; next will be 8.2.0.
Changes since LibreELEC 8.1.1 include:
!!! SAMBA / SMB CHANGES !!!
LibreELEC 8.2 includes changes that allow the Kodi SMB client and our embedded Samba server to support SMB2/3 connections; deprecating SMB1 to improve security and performance. This is a disruptive change and many users will need to adapt their use of SMB shares or Samba:
SAMBA / SMB CONFIGURATION FILES
Kodi SMB client configuration is stored in /storage/.kodi/.smb/smb.conf which can be extended with changes in /storage/.kodi/.smb/user.conf if required. Posts in the Kodi forum often refer to files in ~/.smb/smb.conf which is not correct for Kodi 17.4 or newer.
Samba server configuration uses /etc/samba/smb.conf unless /storage/.config/samba.conf custom config is present. Samba will not use ~/.smb/smb.conf which is commonly used in other Linux distributions.
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 is enabled and supports all drivers which 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 used in desktop Linux distributions and most howto instructions users find via Google searches.
!! TVHEADEND CHANGES !!
LibreELEC 8.2 does not provide Tvheadend (Server) 4.0 so existing Tvheadend 4.0 users must remove it and install Tvheadend (Server) 4.2 as part of their upgrade. Tvheadend 4.0 has been discontinued because it is no longer maintained upstream and Tvheadend 4.2 has been available for some time and has proven to be more stable with better features and hardware support. Tvheadend does not provide an automatic upgrade or configuration export/import process so Tvheadend 4.0 users must perform a new installation of Tvheadend 4.2 on their LibreELEC device. This is inconvenient, but there is no other option.
Existing Tvheadend 4.2 add-on users will see “fail to start” error messages after updating. Once Kodi has started it will check the LibreELEC add-on repo and (if automatic updates are enabled) an 8.2 compatible version will be downloaded and installed. Once the add-on has updated Tvheadend 4.2 starts normally.
INTEL HBR AUDIO
In the last week initial patches to resolve the lack of pass-through HBR audio on NUC devices and similar with an internal DP > HDMI convertor were published. Current testing shows good results on Linux 4.13+ kernels but issues are seen with older hardware and the 4.11 kernel used in LibreELEC 8.2. We have provided feedback and testing will continue as patches evolve. We will add a stable fix to an 8.2 maintenance release if possible.
Following a number of significant security issues we need to ensure more users run the latest release to benefit from security bug fixes. We have changed the default option for auto-update from manual to auto, to ensure minor version updates, e.g. 8.2.0 to 8.2.1 roll-out faster. Major version updates are still user-initiated, e.g. 8.2.0 to a future 9.0.0 release, and users can revert to manual update if preferred. There is no change to the 24-hour canary period between release and files being distributed via auto-update.
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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_64-8.1.2.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-RPi.arm-8.1.2.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-RPi2.arm-8.1.2.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-Slice.arm-8.1.2.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-Slice3.arm-8.1.2.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-imx6.arm-8.1.2.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-Odroid_C2.aarch64-8.1.2.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Play.arm-8.1.2.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Core.arm-8.1.2.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Hub.aarch64-8.1.2.img.gz (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Play_2.aarch64-8.1.2.img.gz (info)
New Install to WeTek internal NAND (.zip)
Manual Update from LibreELEC 7.0, 8.0, or OpenELEC (.tar)
LibreELEC-Generic.x86_64-8.1.2.tar (info) LibreELEC-RPi.arm-8.1.2.tar (info) LibreELEC-RPi2.arm-8.1.2.tar (info) LibreELEC-Slice.arm-8.1.2.tar (info) LibreELEC-Slice3.arm-8.1.2.tar (info) LibreELEC-imx6.arm-8.1.2.tar (info) LibreELEC-Odroid_C2.aarch64-8.1.2.tar (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Play.arm-8.1.2.tar (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Core.arm-8.1.2.tar (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Hub.arm-8.1.2.tar (info) LibreELEC-WeTek_Play_2.arm-8.1.2.tar (info)
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