OpenELEC is a lightweight OS, built from the ground up, primarily to run XBMC on various devices, including Raspberry Pi. It runs smoothly Raspberry Pi compared to other media center OSes. This post introduces the recently released OpenELEC 3.2 update.
What’s New in OpenELEC 3.2
OpenELEC 3.2 release is based upon XBMC Frodo (12.x) but brings many notable changes, including performance improvement for Raspberry Pi:
- Many feature enhancements and bugfixes to XBMC Frodo; including a number of backports from Gotham and speed improvements for RaspberryPi users
- Linux kernel 3.10, bringing many new and updated drivers and improvements
- ALSA 1.0.27
- Updated graphic drivers from AMD, Intel and nVidia
- Updated and improved pi firmware
- Updated drivers and driver firmware
- Updated XVBA, VDPAU and VAAPI libraries
- Intel VPP (Video Post Processing API)
- Support for many more remotes and keymaps
- Initial PPTP and OpenVPN support
- Wireless tethering support (on WLAN cards that support it)
- Completely reworked networking
- Completely reworked bluetooth with support for more remotes
- Added support for bluetooth keyboards and file transfers
- Boot speed improvements for all platforms (particularly Raspberry pi)
- Many bugfixes and package updates
The original release announcement is available here.
Installation and Configuration Instructions
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|Raspberry Pi Model B Revision 2.0 512 MB RAM||$43.00|
|GMYLE Wireless N/G USB WiFi Adapter (Realtek RTL8191US)||$13.90|
|Transcend 8GB Class 10 SDHC Card (TS8GSDHC10)||$9.85|
|SANOXY Wireless USB PC Remote Control Mouse for PC||$8.60|
Systems running OpenELEC 3.0 or above will automatically update to OpenELEC 3.2 if auto-update is enabled.
If not, you can update manually through the “Check for updates now” option from within OpenELEC settings. Depending on your internet connection, allow few minutes for the download and installation of the update. After a couple of reboots, you should be running OpenELEC 3.2. Do not worry, your settings and configurations will not be affected.