LibreELEC 8.2.0 Kodi-Focused Linux Distro Download Released, Raspberry Pi Pulled And Added

The latest release of LibreELEC Kodi 17.5 Krypton 8.2.0 Linux-based distro is now out and available for immediate download. Here are the details.

Are you familiar with the Kodi media center, as well as the ability to download it and install on multiple platforms? LibreELEC goes a little bit further by actually essentially existing as its own Linux-based operating system with Kodi functioning as the only app of the distribution and the main method of interaction for users.

LibreELEC v8.2.0 is finally here, which is what the developer’s behind the platform are calling the sole “mid-year bump” to improve hardware support on devices which run Intel processors or the Raspberry Pi. 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 also bumped to version 17.5, and samba bumps to 4.6 which otherwise brings support for SMB2/3 to LibreELEC distribution for the first time.

Additionally, some Raspberry Pi bugs were discovered after the 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.”

Fortunately, the team behind it is also advising that anyone about to install LibreELEC 8.2.0 should take care and read through the official accompanying release notes before posting any issues in the forums or trying to seek support.

Of course, there has been a number of important changes and amendments in the platform which may have caused issues in areas other than those already addressed in the release notes.

The LibreELEC team shares the following changes found in version 8.2.0:

  • Fix boot-time overwrite of samba.conf.sample to ensure v4 template exists
  • Fix Samba startup failures by detecting/disabling old (v3) samba.conf files
  • Fix NAND install on WeTek Hub/Play 2 after Android Marshmallow updates
  • Fix VMware OVF template, drop OVA .img suffix and force ‘installer’ mode
  • Fix an issue in the embedded getedid script
  • Fix Kodi to support 352KHz and 384KHz audio over S/PDIF
  • Fix clearing of core files from /storage/.cache during Kodi startup
  • Fix vulnerability (CVE-2017-1000250 aka Blueborne pt.1) in BlueZ
  • Fix vulnerability (CVE-2017-1000251 aka Blueborne pt.2) in all kernels except Amlogic 3.10
  • Fix a Python /dev/random issue that caused some Python crypto functions to error
  • Fix to prevent boot-loops when a failed update leaves valid files in /storage/.update
  • Update Amlogic 3.14 kernel to use kernel wireless-regdb on all reference devices
  • Update RPi firmware to solve minor CEC button press issues
  • Update RPi wifi firmware to resolve CVE-2017-9417 (Broadpwn)
  • Update wpa_supplicant to resolve multiple CVE’s (KRACK)
  • Update linux-firmware and misc-firmware packages
  • Update nvidia-legacy driver to 340.104
  • Update nvidia main driver to 384.90
  • Update RTL8192EU driver
  • Update RTL8188EU driver
  • Update RPi kernel to 4.9.43
  • Update Generic kernel to 4.11.8
  • Update from LibreSSL to OpenSSL
  • Update Samba to 4.6.8
  • Update to lirc 0.9.4d
  • Update Kodi to 17.5.1
  • Update kernel to enable SMB2 support (default) and where possible SMB3
  • Update LibreELEC settings add-on to expose more Samba config options
  • Revert Hauppauge DualHD tuner support (back to single-tuner, which works)
  • Add Slice and Slice3 projects
  • Add (merge) Virtual project into Generic
  • Add buildsystem changes to make backports from master easier
  • Add support for the Xiaomi Mi Box Bluetooth remote
  • Add support for Xbox ONE (DVB-C/T/T2) USB tuner
  • Add alsa configuration for the IQAudIO Digi+ on Raspberry Pi devices
  • Add dummy Tvheadend 4.0 add-on to ensure 4.0 is disabled on upgrade

The notes also include a bulleted list of pretty much everything, which has changed since version 8.0.2 of the distribution was released.

All of the info is pure gold to anyone who has a vested interest in the platform and how it’s all put together and the logic behind its functionality. For the layman who just wants the latest version of the popular Linux distro, version 8.2.0 is available now to download at libreelec.tv/downloads/.

Update x1: The Raspberry Pi images have been fixed and are numbered as 8.2.0.1. The links have been added into the aforementioned gallery URL.

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