OpenELEC

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OpenELEC
Initial release 2009 (2009)
Stable release 4.0.3 / 28 May 2014; 55 days ago (2014-05-28)[1]
Preview release Neutral build from Git / Nightly
Development status Active
Written in JeOS with custom Linux-kernel, XBMC (C++) application, with Python scripts as addons (plugins) from first and third-party developers[citation needed]
Operating system Linux
Platform ARM, IA-32, x64
Available in 60 languages[citation needed]
Type Media player, digital media receiver, digital video recorder, software appliance
License GNU GPL (GPLv2)
Website openelec.tv

OpenELEC (short for Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center) is a Linux distribution designed for home theater PCs.[2] OpenELEC pre‐configures the XBMC as a media player software appliance.[3][4]

OpenELEC applies the "just enough operating system" principle. It is designed to consume relatively few resources and to boot quickly from flash memory.[5][6][7][8][9] An OpenELEC disc image for the Raspberry Pi is also available.[10][11]

The OpenELEC team released OpenELEC 4.0 on the 5th of May 2014, and this version features updated XBMC 13.0 with further updated important parts of the operating system as well as the Linux kernel updated to version 3.14 and additional device drivers.[12]

Overview and description[edit]

OpenELEC provides a complete media center software suite that comes with a pre-configured version of XBMC and third-party addons with retro video game console emulators and DVR plugins. OpenELEC is an extremely small and very fast booting Linux based distribution, primarily designed to be booted from flash memory card such as CompactFlash or a solid-state drive, similar to that of the XBMCbuntu (formerly XBMC Live) distribution but specifically targeted to a minimum set-top box hardware setup based on an ARM SoCs or Intel x86 processor and graphics.[13][14][15][16][8][9]

History[edit]

The OpenELEC team usually releases a new major version every year since 2011, following the XBMC release schedule.

In version 3, the team has updated XBMC to latest XBMC Frodo and fixed some issues found in their first Release Candidate and further updated some important parts of the operating system to fix issues and add additional drivers.[17] [18]

Since 2014, specifics builds supporting a set of Graphics/GPU chipsets (ION, Fusion, Intel,...) are deprecated. Builds are currently available for x86 and x86-64 systems (as 'Generic Build'), Raspberry Pi and the first generation Apple TV.

Version Releases[edit]

Version Release date XBMC version used Supported architecture Linux kernel
1.0 20 October 2011 xbmc-10.1 (Dharma) x86
2.0 16 October 2012 xbmc-11.0 (Eden) x86, x64 3.2.31
3.0.0 24 March 2013 xbmc-12.1 (Frodo) x86, x64, ARM
3.0.6 15 June 2013 xbmc-12.1 (Frodo) x86, x64, ARM
3.2 13 September 2013 xbmc-12.2 (Frodo) x86, x64, ARM 3.10
3.2.1 28 September 2013 xbmc-12.2-cd71444 (Frodo 12.2) x86, x64, ARM 3.10.13
3.2.2 1 October 2013 xbmc-12.2 (Frodo) x86, x64, ARM
3.2.3 17 October 2013 xbmc-12.2-97a9f05 (Frodo 12.2) x86, x64, ARM 3.10.16
3.2.4 28 November 2013 xbmc-12.2-d1002b4 (Frodo 12.2) x86, x64, ARM 3.10.20
4.0 5 May 2014 xbmc-13-482ccd3 (Gotham 13.0) x86, x64, ARM 3.14
4.0.1 14 May 2014 xbmc-13-692cfba (Gotham 13.1 beta 1) x86, x64, ARM 3.14.4
4.0.2 19 May 2014 xbmc-13-a6a2713 (Gotham 13.1 beta 2) x86, x64, ARM 3.14.4
4.0.3 28 May 2014 xbmc-13-4410736 (Gotham 13.1 RC1) x86, x64, ARM 3.14.4
4.0.4 04 June 2014 xbmc-13-84725b (Gotham 13.1 Final)[19] x86, x64, ARM 3.14.5[20]
4.0.5 14 June 2014 xbmc-13-84725b (Gotham 13.1 Final) x86, x64, ARM 3.14.7[21]
4.0.6 25 June 2014 xbmc-13-84725b (Gotham 13.1 Final) x86, x64, ARM 3.14.8[22]
4.0.7 09 July 2014 xbmc-13-84725b (Gotham 13.1 Final) x86, x64, ARM 3.14.11[23]
4.1.1 16 July 2014 unknown (Gotham 13.2 beta 1) x86, x64, ARM 3.15.5[24]

Systems[edit]

On 5 February 2013, OpenELEC announced their new partnership with ARCTIC - a company based in Switzerland best known for their cooling solutions. Together, they developed a fully passive cooled Entertainment system - the MC001 media centre, equipped with their latest XBMC 12 (OpenELEC 3.0) platform. OpenELEC and ARCTIC are planning on their next release to provide a more dedicated builds for the ARCTIC MC001 systems.[25][26][27][28][29]

Pulse-Eight Limited sells both custom and off the shelf hardware solutions primarily designed for XBMC, such as remote controls, HTPC systems and accessories, including a custom HTPC PVR set-top-box pre-installed with XBMC that they call "PulseBox"[30] Pulse-Eight also offers free performance tuned embedded versions of XBMC that they call "Pulse" which is based on OpenELEC and a custom PVR-build of XBMC that is meant to run on your dedicated HTPC system.[31]

Xtreamer Ultra and Xtreamer Ultra 2, manufactured by the South Korean company Unicorn Information Systems, are nettops based on Nvidia graphics and Intel Atom processors which comes with OpenELEC and XBMC software pre-installed. The first-generation Xtreamer Ultra uses Nvidia Ion chipset with a 1.80 GHz Dual-Core Intel Atom D525 CPU, while the Xtreamer Ultra 2 uses discrete GeForce GT 520M graphics with a 2.13 GHz Dual-Core Intel Atom D2700 CPU.[32][33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OpenELEC 4.0.3 released". 
  2. ^ http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/27/openelec-3-0/ OpenELEC 3.0 Linux distro gets official, supports 'more hardware than ever'
  3. ^ http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/18/openelec-2-0-linux-distro-released/ OpenELEC-2.0 Linux distro released, turns your PC into an 'appliance-like' home theater device
  4. ^ http://lifehacker.com/raspberry-pi-xbmc-solutions-compared-raspbmc-vs-openel-1394239600 Raspberry Pi XBMC Solutions Compared: Raspbmc vs OpenELEC vs XBian
  5. ^ "OpenELEC Is a Fast-Booting, Self-Updating Version of XBMC for Home Theater PCs". Lifehacker. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "XBMC-Focused OpenELEC 1.0 Released". Phoronix.com. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  7. ^ OpenELEC 1.0 released 26 October 2011 natethomas (26 October 2011). "OpenELEC 1.0 released". Xbmc.org. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  8. ^ a b http://www.openelec.tv OpenELEC.tv Official Website
  9. ^ a b "OpenELEC Media Center Software on Launchpad". 
  10. ^ Building and Installing OpenELEC for Raspberry Pi openelec.tv
  11. ^ http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/26/raspberry-pi-mpeg-2-vc-1-licenses-cec-h264/ Raspberry Pi lands MPEG-2 and VC-1 decoding through personal licenses, H.264 encoding and CEC tag along
  12. ^ http://betanews.com/2014/05/06/openelec-4-offers-simple-xbmc-install-for-standalone-devices/ OpenELEC 4 offers simple XBMC install for standalone devices
  13. ^ "OpenELEC Is a Fast-Booting, Self-Updating Version of XBMC for Home Theater PCs". Lifehacker. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "XBMC-Focused OpenELEC 1.0 Released". Phoronix.com. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  15. ^ OpenELEC 1.0 released 26 October 2011 natethomas (26 October 2011). "OpenELEC 1.0 released". Xbmc.org. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  16. ^ Thursday, 20 October 2011 04:18 (20 October 2011). "OpenELEC 1.0 Released". Openelec.tv. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "OpenELEC 3.0 RC2 released". openelec.tv. 26 Jan 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "OpenELEC 3.0 RC2 Is Based on Linux Kernel 3.7.3". www.softpedia.com. 26 Jan 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  19. ^ http://xbmc.org/xbmc-13-1-gotham-returns/
  20. ^ http://openelec.tv/news/22-releases/129-openelec-4-0-4-released
  21. ^ http://openelec.tv/news/22-releases/130-openelec-4-0-5-released
  22. ^ http://openelec.tv/news/22-releases/131-openelec-4-0-6-released
  23. ^ http://openelec.tv/news/22-releases/132-openelec-4-0-7-released
  24. ^ http://openelec.tv/news/22-releases/133-openelec-4-2-beta-1-released
  25. ^ "ARCTIC announces passive cooled Systems with OpenELEC installed". openelec.tv. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  26. ^ "ARCTIC MC001 Fanless low cost HTPC". forum.xbmc.org. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  27. ^ "Arctic Introduces OpenELEC-based MC001-XBMC HTPC". www.anandtech.com. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  28. ^ "ARCTIC MC001-XBMC Media Center Now Available w/ XMBC 12". legitreviews.com. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  29. ^ "ARCTIC Bundles OpenELEC with Lower Priced MC001-XBMC". www.missingremote.com. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  30. ^ "PulseBox out 10th October". Blog.pulse-eight.com. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  31. ^ http://packages.pulse-eight.net Pulse-Eight Packages
  32. ^ "XBMC-based embedded Linux distro debuts on HTPC mini-PC". Desktoplinux.com. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  33. ^ XBMC-based embedded Linux distro debuts on HTPC mini-PC - News - Linux for Devices. Archive.is (2011-10-21). Retrieved on 2013-07-24.

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