The latest release of LibreELEC Kodi 17.5 Krypton 8.2.0 is now out and available for immediate download.
A lot of people are familiar with the Kodi media center software, as well as the ability to download it and install on multiple platforms. However, LibreELEC goes a little bit further by actually essentially existing as its own Linux-based operating system with Kodi functioning as the sole app of the distribution and the main method of interaction for users.
LibreELEC version 8.2.0 is what the developer’s behind the platform are calling the “mid-year bump” to improve hardware support on devices which run Intel processors or the Raspberry Pi. The release also introduces support for a number of other devices in addition to adding a number of important security fixes and patches which have been affecting the core OS and have been reported back to the team by the wider install base.
Additionally, the supported and running version of Kodi is bumped up to version 17.5, with Samba installation being bumped up to 4.6 and offering support for SMB2/3 for the first time in the LibreELEC distribution.
The team is also advising that anyone about to install LibreELEC 8.2.0 should also take the time to read through the official accompanying release notes before posting any issues in the forums or trying to seek support. There have presumably 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 team behind the release have also gone to the extraordinary lengths of providing hugely complex and informative notes on this particular release. That includes a bulleted list of pretty much everything which has changed since version 8.0.2 of the distribution was released, as well as extremely detailed paragraphs of how individual aspects of the platform now function.
All of the information 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. However, for the layman who just wants the latest version of the popular Linux distro, version 8.2.0 is available to download now at libreelec.tv/downloads/.
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