LibreELEC Blog

LibreELEC (Jarvis) v7.0.0 RELEASE

It’s taken six weeks crammed with activity to reach this point. The LibreELEC collective has grown to approx. 45 people (someone needs to start a who’s who guide) and there’s generally been some rather cool things happening around us. Happy times indeed. The v7.0.0 build contains Kodi Jarvis 16.1 (final) and a fix for some Verisign SSL certificate changes that impacted Pandora add-on users. It also addresses a bluez crash, a firmware update for Intel Skylake users, a fix for an Amlogic CEC issue on WeTek Play/Core. Most importantly it also contains our new logo branding. The website, forums, wiki, and...

LibreELEC (Jarvis) v7.0 BETA2

v6.95.2 (Beta 2) resolves video issues for the Raspberry Pi users who comprise a majority of our users. It also prevents a device ID overlap between the bcma/wl wireless drivers in Generic and adds a patch that may reduce (but not eliminate) some “settings lost at shutdown” issues which are an ongoing Kodi problem common to multiple distros. Kodi team are now expected to release 16.1 final next weekend. If this happens “Plan C” will be to release our 7.0.0 build with new logo branding during the next week. ** IMPORTANT ** LibreELEC operates a 24-hour ‘canary’ period between major release files...

Heads Up!

Just a quick post to let you know that the LibreELEC logo branding will change. The current “branch” logo suited at the time of forking because it resonated with team members who type “git branch” on a daily basis; branching and forking have similar meaning to developers. Since forking the LibreELEC team has absorbed people who are less development focussed and we started to look at how our logo is used. The leafy green shades of the branch look nice on the website masthead but aren’t so good in the settings add-on when contrasted against the graphics and backgrounds of the random skins people choose;...

Beta Plan B

Two things. First, the Beta 1 ‘canary’ period found some video issues for pi users that are easily fixed with an update to the RPi patch we apply to Kodi, and 65% of LibreELEC users have a Raspberry Pi. Second, within hours of writing we’re planning a 7.0.0 final build once Kodi team release 16.1 final, Kodi folks submitted a request to tag 16.1 final, which means we’re likely to see it released in the next 24-hours this weekend (updated 19/4). Having weighed up the desire to hold our promise to you of releasing 7.0.0 after 16.1 against the promise we...

LibreELEC (Jarvis) v7.0 BETA1

LibreELEC are proud to announce delighted to hit our first major milestone, 7.0 b1 🙂 The 7.0 beta 1 release is based around Jarvis 16.1-RC2. We’re not expecting any serious issues as code commits since v6.90.005 have mostly focused on tweaks to the build-system not changes Kodi or the core OS. If there are no surprises we plan to release a final 7.0.0 build once Kodi team release 16.1 final. From this point forward the only changes we allow in the 7.0 branch are commits that fix known user problems or major security issues. The LibreELEC team believe “lets bump everything...

Let’s rock this gig!

On forums and social media channels there has been speculation about why we forked, so to avoid calling names we will explain things though a rock-band analogy: The fork is due to “creative differences” among long-term band members. The founding member and original creative force for the band was the drummer, the guy responsible for keeping time and setting the rhythm. For a few years the band made great music, other band members started to contribute their own songs, and the band gained many fans. Over the last 18-months as the band released platinum albums and achieved super-group status the drummer started to...