While many folks prefer to leverage legal streaming services like Netflix on hardware such as Apple TV and Roku nowadays, other people still prefer accessing locally stored media files. Is that concept dying? Yeah, but it will be a while before it is dead completely. Not to mention, music and movie pirates will keep locally stored downloaded media content alive for quite some time.
Don't get me wrong, not everyone that watches locally stored media files are pirates, but some certainly are. Whether you are accessing downloaded media or streaming content using an addon, the Kodi media center is a great way to experience it. Taking it a step further, a Linux-based operating system that exists just to serve Kodi is even better. Today, one of the best such distros, LibreELEC, gets a major update to version 8.2.0.
"LibreELEC 8.2.0 provides a mid-year bump to improve hardware support on Intel and Raspberry Pi hardware. It also resolves minor support issues on a range of devices and fixes a number of important security issues affecting the core OS reported in recent months. Kodi is bumped to 17.5, and Samba bumps to 4.6 which brings support for SMB2/3 to LibreELEC for the first time," says The LibreELEC team.
Unfortunately, some Raspberry Pi bugs were discovered after release. As a result, the images for that hardware have been pulled. The team explains, "An issue with HEVC playback on Raspberry Pi and Slice hardware has been found after release so update files have been removed while we investigate the fix."
The LibreELEC team shares the following changes found in 8.2.0
Ready to download? You can use the links below. As previously mentioned, the Raspberry Pi images have been pulled due to bugs. Hopefully they will be fixed and re-uploaded very soon.
[UPDATE] The Raspberry Pi images have been fixed and are numbered as 188.8.131.52. The links have been added below. Images for all other hardware remain as 8.2.0.
New installations using the LibreELEC USB-SD Creator app
New installation using 3rd party USB or SD writer apps (.img.gz)
New Install to WeTek internal NAND (.zip)
Manual Update from LibreELEC 7.0, 8.0, or OpenELEC (.tar)