Software update: LibreELEC 9.0.1 MR

Feb

28

2019

The developers behind the Libre Embedded Linux Entertainment Center have released version 9.0.1. LibreELEC arose after a large number of developers at OpenELEC left for disagreement and started for themselves. This Linux distribution is based on Kodi and can turn a computer into a full-fledged htpc . Version 9.0.0 of LibreELEC uses Kodi version 18.1 as the basis, which at the time of writing is not official yet. The release notes for this issue can be found below.

LibreELEC 9.0.1 (Leia) has arrived based on Kodi v18.1, the 9.0.1 release has many changes and refinements to all overhaul of the underlying stability and extend hardware support. Kodi v18 also brings new features like Kodi Retroplayer and DRM support that allows Kodi to unofficially stream content from services like Netflix and Amazon.

Changes since LibreELEC 9.0.0:

updated Kodi to 18.1
updated Kernel to 4.19.23
fixed TBS 5520SE tuning
fixed Zotac remotes
fixed pvr.hts (Tvheadend) timeshift (partly)
Settings Add-on:

Changeable SSH passwords!
Default firewall (iptables) with simple configurations for Home / Public networks
Updates are moved to their own menu
Safe Mode boot when Kodi experiences startup problems
Changeable SSH passwords and a firewall configuration have been added to the increasing number of HTPC installations that can be found on the public internet. The increase is partly due to simple maths; our userbase has grown 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 realization 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, eg traffic from the Internet. 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As the Kodi piracy scene continues to decline we have seen an increase in users with outdated add-ons that cause problems during upgrades so “Safe Mode” counts Kodi startup crashes.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 start-up 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.

Retroplayer:
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 confused and we still need to write-up some HOWTO guides for the wiki. Kodi developers are working on a game database (for Kodi v19) that will make the process of managing and using game ROMs easier in the future.

DVB Drivers:
We now offer a larger range or DVB drivers (depending on your platform) to choose from. The “DVB drivers from the latest kernel” option also includes the majority of drivers who have recently upstreamed the kernel, which is great to see!

Rockchip:
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 refocused on 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.

New Devices:

Amlogic

Khadas VIM (1) – requires a clean install if using current community images
Libre Computer LePotato
Rockchip

96rocks ROCK960
ASUS Tinker Board
Firefly ROC-RK3328-CC
Khadas Edge
PINE64 ROCK64
PINE64 RockPro64
Popcorn Hour RockBox
Popcorn Hour Transformer
Radxa ROCK Pi 4
Rockchip Sapphire Board
Mqmaker MiQi
If you experience problems, please open an thread at our forum . You can also open an ticket at our issue tracker .

LibreELEC 9.0.0 screenshot (620 pix)

Version number 9.0.1 MR
Release status Final
Operating systems Linux
Website
LibreELEC
Download
https://libreelec.tv/
License type GPL

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