LibreELEC 9.0 (Leia) Beta 2 has finally arrived after a long gestation period. Based upon Kodi v18 RC4, the 9.0 Beta 2 release contains many changes and refinements to user experience and a complete overhaul of the underlying OS core to improve stability and extend hardware support. Kodi v18 also brings new features like Kodi Retroplayer and DRM support that (equipped with an appropriate add-on) allows Kodi to unofficially stream content from services like Netflix and Amazon.
Compared to 9.0 Beta 1, major changes are:
- Updated to Kodi 18 RC4
- Updated to Linux Kernel 4.19.12
- a lot more updates and fixes, have a look at the detailed changelog
Compared to 8.2, major changes are:
- Changeable SSH passwords!
- Default firewall (iptables) with simple configurations for Home/Public networks
- Updates are moved to their own menu, other options are cleaned up a little
- Safe Mode boot when Kodi experiences startup problems
Changeable SSH passwords and a default firewall configuration have been added to combat the increasing number of HTPC installs that can be found on the public internet. The increase is partly due to simple maths; our userbase has grown so the number of users inappropriately exposing their HTPC to the internet has also grown. The static password for libreelec is present on most/all password dictionary lists so it’s important we start encouraging users to change it (the first-run wizard will prompt when SSH is enabled).
More people are using VPN services for privacy without realising this exposes SSH/SMB/Web services. To combat this problem we have added simple firewall configurations for Home/Public networks; the Home configuration blocks inbound connections from non-private networks, e.g. traffic from the Internet to the public IP address used with the VPN connection.
As the Kodi piracy scene continues to decline we have seen an increase in users with outdated add-ons that cause problems during upgrades so “Safe Mode” counts Kodi startup crashes. After five startup failures it intervenes with a default (clean) configuration and prominent warning so users know there is a problem – but still have a working GUI to troubleshoot from.
Kodi v18 brings initial support for retro gaming and the ability to play hundreds of retro games directly from within Kodi. We provide a large number of emulator cores from our add-on repo, but no games (bring your own) although there are a couple of open source test game add-ons (2048 etc.) in our repo. In this first iteration of Kodi retro gaming support the user interface can be a little confusing and we still need to write-up some HOWTO guides for the wiki. Kodi developers are working on a game database (for Kodi v19) which will make the process of managing and using game ROMs easier in the future.
We now offer a larger range of DVB drivers (depending on your platform) to choose from. The “DVB drivers from the latest kernel” option also includes the majority of Hauppage drivers which have been recently upstreamed into the kernel, which is great to see!
Despite the 8.95.1 release number our Rockchip releases remain in an Alpha state with limited support. The Kodi version is updated but there are no significant video/audio improvements to the Rockchip 4.4 kernel codebase – and none planned. Our work on Rockchip support has refocussed onto the Linux 4.20 kernel to use the modern kernel frameworks needed for the next-generation Kodi video pipeline. This work is progressing nicely, but it means the 4.4 codebase “is what it is” until a future kernel bump.
- Khadas VIM(1) – requires a clean install if using current community images
- Libre Computer Le Potato
- 96rocks ROCK960
- ASUS Tinker Board
- Firefly ROC-RK3328-CC
- Khadas Edge
- PINE64 ROCK64
- PINE64 RockPro64
- Popcorn Hour RockBox
- Popcorn Hour Transformer
- Rockchip Sapphire Board
- Mqmaker MiQi
Warning: Update at WP1 is broken if you use img.gz – please use .tar to update:
*** IMPORTANT ***
Rockchip images are not available via the USB/SD Creator App (we’re working on a fix)
Please download them manually!
Thanks for the update and the great work you are doing.
On the release page, it says that the update is broken for the WP1, when using the img.gz image:
I usually perform the update by using the LibreElec Addin in Kodi, which runs from the SD card located in the WP1. Could you please tell me whether the warning is also relevant in this use case?
Thanks in advance and Happy New Year.
If you update within the settings add-on it pulls the .tar file, and this works fine.
Thanks for telling me that it works by updating with the settings addon.
does it work with Amlogic s905?
I have Amlogic S905x NexBox 2 GB
Hey there. May be possible to compile a version for Cubox-i4?
There is no support anymore for Cubox-i4 at LE AND Kodi18.
Afaik there is some hope for Kodi19 that it may work again.
Ow crap! Yes, looks like it's a lack of maintainer for some thing IMX related.
Thanks a lot, will have to wait for the official Kodi release and install in my Pi server.
I reported a problem with my openelec wetek box some time ago here.
I reported the crash to the kodi team here, too. The colleagues told me that it originates from a linux kernel issue not yet solved?
So I gave the new Beta 2 release (having a new linux kernel version) a try, still hoping that the crashes are fixed. But finally the system crashed again.
Here is the kodi_crash.log: http://ix.io/1xou
Note that an other STACK TRACE is reported compared to the prior reported problem.
Here is the output generated by dmesg: http://ix.io/1xoa
Hope anybody can help? Having to restart the box permanently isn't a solution my wife accepts.
Rebooting from cron job at 4am every day is still better than waiting for random crash
also from my side a lot of thanks for the good work!
I switched from the now one-year-old kszaq-image for LePotato to 8.95.2 Beta, and have one problem: Some MP4 movies (VLC says: H264 MPEG-4 AVC (part 10)) do not work (they did with the old image). When I start them, there is no sound, picture is lagging, and, when opening the navigation bar, the current position is shown as a negative number (see screenshot).
Some other MP4's work. As far as I can tell the only difference is the audio track: Those with problems have MP3 sound with 192k, those that work have AAC, both with 48 KHz sampling rate.
Other things also hint at an audio problem: When I, while the faulty movie stutters along, open the audio settings from the lower right menu and toggle passthrough audio, for a short while audio is OK, but severely offset by seconds, and also the time is displayed correctly. Regardless if passthrough was on or off beforehand - just toggling it does the trick. If I played a faulty movie, stopped it and then started a "good" one, sometimes audio is played way too slow, al voices sounding as if they came directly from the crypt.
I played around with some audio options, namely passthrough and sample rate adjustment, but nothing seems to help.
How can I provide helpful information? I can provide example movies upon request.
Plex for Kodi add-on 0.1.6 subtitles (SRT) NOT working.
All subtitles (SRT and SRT/embedded) not showing with latest Plex for Kodi add-on 0.1.6 in LibreElec v8.95.2 for Pi 3 A+.
Is there something I need to change in the configuration ?
Isn't it a plex addon problem?
Dunno, but posted it on plex forum too.
Solved: changed Burn Subtitles (Direct Play Only) from Auto to Always
I have synchronise (Audio/Video) and flicker of Video issues with this version on live TV.
Beta 1 is working.
Other stuff is currently not test/usable due to hardware issues of the file server.