Software update: OpenELEC 4.2 beta 6

Development of version 4.2 of the Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center has reached its sixth beta release. This Linux distribution is based on XBMC Media Center and can turn a computer into a full-fledged HTPC. OpenELEC is easy to install, maintain and use, as well as being small and lightning fast. Version 4.2 runs on Linux kernel 3.15, Mesa-10.2, and Xorg-1.16, and includes newer Nvidia drivers. XBMC Gotham 13.2 is used as a base. The main changes in this version, internally referred to as 4.1.6, are as follows:

OpenELEC 4.2 Beta 6 released

This release includes some bug fixes, security fixes and improvements since OpenELEC-4.1.5. Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates we updated Mesa to Mesa-10.3-rc3, llvm to llvm-3.5.0 and kernel to linux 3.16.2. We fixed a crash in our installer and when pairing a PS3 remote and updated the RaspberryPi firmware to include the last fixes and features. Also we added STK1160 frame grabber, CH341 USB-serial support and the PSTATE CPU scaling driver for Intel Systems.

Updated core Components (summary)

  • update to bcm2835-tools-9bf9da2
  • update to bcm2835-driver-9bf9da2
  • projects/RPi/patches/linux: update RPi support patch
  • update to linux-3.16.2
  • update to libgcrypt-1.6.2
  • update to libpcap-1.6.2
  • update to llvm-3.5.0
  • update to Mesa-10.3.0-rc3
  • update to util-linux-2.25.1
  • update to e2fsprogs-1.42.12
  • update to ncurses-5.9, with upstream patches taken from fedora up to 20140323, this fixes some issues, segfaults etc with ‘dialog’
  • update to bluez-5.22
  • projects/*/linux: add STK1160 support
  • projects/*/linux: add CH341 usb-serial support
  • projects/Generic/linux: enable PSTATE support
  • Updated patch for PS3 remote support
  • systemd: remove userspace firmware loading support
  • busybox: enable ‘ntpd’ applet
  • remove package: ntp
  • lcdproc: enable shuttleVFD
  • new package: add package ‘libbdplus’

For a full changelog on what’s new, follow this link.

Version number 4.2 beta 6
Release status beta
Operating systems Linux
Website OpenELEC
License type GPL