You can now download LibreELEC Kodi 17.4 Krypton 8.1.0 beta. As always, we have all of the details on this latest LibreELEC release, which, for those that don’t know, is a popular Kodi distribution for the Linux platform, described as having “just enough OS” for Kodi.

The previous major release of LibreELEC made its way into the public domain back in May with a version 8.0.2 release to support Kodi 17.3.

This new version, which is based on Kodi 17.4 RC1 release, is the evolution of the LibreELEC distribution, and instantly brings a suite of new changes and required fixes to those who use the fork of Kodi as their main experience on Linux-powered devices. This particular version is actually a beta of the upcoming 8.2 release, acting as a “mid-year bump to enhance hardware support capabilities.”

This is a BETA of our 8.2 release; a mid-year bump to enhance hardware support and capabilities. It adds 10-bit HEVC support for recent Intel GPU generations, Samba 4.6 which brings support for SMB2/SMB3, and several SSL issues are resolved in a switch to OpenSSL. We continue to refine firmware we embed; removing old and unused files to reduce image size while adding new drivers and firmwares based on team findings and user reports. Kodi is updated to 17.4-RC1 with minor bugfixes since v17.3.

This latest release also brings 10-bit HEVC support for new Intel GPU generations, as well as the introduction of Samba 4.6 and resolving a number of niggly SSL issues through the introduction of OpenSSL. The distributed team behind LibreELEC also continues to try and make embedded firmware as efficient as possible by continually removing old and unused files with the aim of reducing the overall image size to provide a refined experience to the installer.

As mentioned earlier, there’s also the overall updating of Kodi to 17.4 RC1 which brings minor bug fixes and improvements as defined by the Kodi team. The team has also been hard at work making a number of fixes and improvements since the release of 8.0.2 back in May. A number of refinements and fixes have been put in place to mitigate issues which arose from Android Marshmallow updates. There’s also been an array of fixes around drivers for third-party hardware, as well as security fixes which make it quite important to get the latest version installed on whatever the hardware of choice is.

You can download LibreELEC right now from libreelec.tv/downloads/.

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