Software update: Kodi 18.0 beta 5

Nov

5

2018

The development of Kodi version 18.0 is still in full swing and has since arrived at the fifth beta release. This cross platform media center software is developed for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. In version 18.0, which carries the code name Leia, the entire source code has been reviewed, with the aim of improving stability. Furthermore, various improvements have been made in the music library and watching live television, there is a full 64bit version of Kodi and it is now also available through the Windows Store. Finally, the media player has been improved, which means there are fewer hitches to avoid, and it also works well with 4k and 8k resolutions, hdr, drm and the latest codecs.

Kodi v18 Leia – Beta 5
We are going to be the last and last Beta build of Kodi v18 as we are heading towards the final release. Next step will be Release candidates where our focus will be on solving bugs and possible usability problems. So far it has been proven to be a daily driver for those who were brave enough to try it out. Of course you should still keep in mind it is not a final release yet and that is just a little bit of a glitch. Once you decide to give it a try it is highly recommended that you create a backup first.

Currently included
A full changelog is almost impossible to create and we will only cover the basics. For a more extensive list you can visit our wiki page v18 (Leia) changelog which will update along the way. From now on all v18 releases will not contain any new features as we are focused on bug fixing or improvements.

Most notable changes to mention in Beta 5:

Fix repository connection issues on Windows affecting certain CPU types
Some improvements to Android video playback
Some improvements to OSX resolution switching
Support for Radio Data RDS (RDS) if the PVR backend supports this
Try to find the best matching resolution automatically for refresh rate switching if the user has a selection in resosution whitelist setting
Update Chorus2 web interface which contains security and general fixes
General code improvements and cleanup
Of course there are several more changes that are listed on our github repository found here: Beta5 changes .

Make sure to also go through our news sections which contain all announcements regarding the Leia release and some highlights of what it will contain.

Stability and usability is key
In general the whole stability has improved quite a lot. The times you still get glitches or occasional crashes haven been reduced due to a well-structured design and standard. Not that the old code was bad however about time new insights have been achieved and newer code standards just make it better. Untangling all parts or components and make them behave better next to each other has been one of the biggest efforts done so far.

Current available skins

Due to changes in how Kodi works are updated for each release. As of this moment we have the update of their development and are available from our repository.

Adnoic , Aeon Nox 5 , Andromeda , Black Glass Nova , Chroma , Confluence , fTV , Grid , Mimic , Nebula , Omni , Rapier , Sio2 , Xperience1080

More will follow at a later point in time when we approach final release.

Python 2 & 3 compatibility will be enforced
Currently, Kodi includes the Python 2.7 interpreter to run addons written in Python programming language. However, Python 3 was released almost 10 years ago and the Python 3 interpreter in Kodi has been brought up on the Kodi forum several times. Now, thanks to a successful GSOC 2017 project , we have a working Python 3.6 interpreter for Kodi, and on the latest DevCon 2017 in Prague Team Kodi decided that it’s time to move on and migrate Python addon subsystem to Python 3. There are several reasons for that:

Python 2 End of Life is planned for 2020 .
Python 3 is mature enough and more Python libraries either convert their codebase to Python 3-compatible or drop Python 2 support completely ( Django is the most notable example).
Most current Python books, tutorials and courses are focused on Python 3.
Python 2 is not actively developed. It receives only security patches while Python 3 gets all new features with every minor version.
However, Python 3 is not backward-compatible with the 2nd version so some transition process is required. Currently the plan is the following:

Kodi 19 (M *) will release Python 3 interpreter for running Python-based addons.
After the release of Kodi 18 (Leia) only addons that are compatible with both Python 2 and 3 will be accepted to the official addon repository. Also, Python 3-only addons will be accepted for the repositories for Kodi 19 (M *) and above.
Addon developers are highly encouraged to convert their addons to Python 2/3-compatible so that after the release of Kodi 19 (M *) we will have enough addons that work with the new version.
Test builds based on Kodi 18 with the Python 3 interpreter will be continuous addon developers can test their addons for compatibility with Python 3. Test builds for Windows are available for download from here. .
One the v18 version has to be branched off for final release Python 3 only while the release builds will still be Python 2.
Writing Python code that is compatible with both 2 and 3 versions is totally possible and the “big” Python has made it for years since the release of Python 3.0. There are a number of tools and best practices developed to simplify this process. Please read this Kodi Wiki article for more information and technical details about the migration process. Also a special Wiki section has been created that will be updated with new information. You can post questions about converting your addon code to Python 3-compatible or share your experience in ” Python 3 migration ” subforum on the official Kodi forum.

Kodi v18 Leia

Version number 18.0 beta 5
Release status Beta
Operating systems Windows 7, Android, Linux, macOS, iOS, Windows 8, Windows 10
Website
Kodi
Download
http://kodi.tv/download
License type GPL

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