OpenELEC is an embedded Linux distribution that aims to allow people to use their Home Theatre PC (HTPC) in the same manner as any other device attached to your TV - like a DVD player or Sky box. Turn on your box, and OpenELEC is ready for usage in less than 10 seconds - as fast as some DVD players. A simple remote control is all you need to complete the experience. With OpenELEC you do not need to worry about updating, as the whole operating system will seamlessly self-update everything automatically when connected to the Internet (this includes XBMC). Installing OpenELEC takes less than 5 minutes and requires zero Linux experience. When installed simply add your media files, preferred addons and OpenELEC will “just work!.” Openelec supports a wide range of media shares, including cifs (Windows and most consumer NAS boxes default file sharing system), nfs and many more. This allows you to view your media (music, pictures and videos etc) on OpenELEC even though the files are somewhere else within your network.
Release date: 16-ocktober-2012
Significant changes and highlights in OpenELEC-2.0:
* XBMC-11.0 (Eden) Includes new native high-performance image compression for JPEG and PNG image types. If you previously enabled DDS fanart in advancedsettings.xml it should be removed. You can remove .dds files from the thumbnail image cache. Eden has improved sound card detection. This may change the naming of audio devices available on your system. If audio stops working after the update please adjust audio configuration in XBMC settings to use the updated device names.
* PVR Support We are now including by default PVR support based on XBMC 11.0. These changes include PVR support within the XBMC GUI and include DVB firmware and drivers, TVHeadend, VDR, Njoy N7, MythTV, Mediaportal, HDHomerun and VU+ support in the OS. Going forward all OpenELEC-2.0 images are PVR ready – the PVR functions can simply be enabled (or disabled) in XBMC settings.
* Improved AMD XVBA support Thanks to the efforts of FernetMenta, Fritsch, Newphreak and many users who have been testing and providing feedback we have native XVBA support that replaces the old VAAPI temporary solution in OpenELEC 1.x. Performance and stability are massively improved.
* Automatic Log-File Creation Accessing the \OPENELECLogfiles SAMBA share automatically creates an archive file that contains essential log-files for troubleshooting.
* Automatic framebuffer detection The previous “hack” to make splash screens work is not more needed.
* XBMC now includes native NFS, AFP ,CIFS and SSH share support
* CEC Adapter support
* More supported hardware like DVB drivers, Remotes, Soundcards