Saw the release of the distribution OpenELEC 3.0 (Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center), designed to create a home theater (HTPC – Home Theatre PC).
The basis used in the media center XBMC, which has a rich functionality and supports empowerment and connecting accessories. Size of the system image suitable for booting from USB-drive or SD-card is 163 MB. Additionally formed special assembly for Raspberry Pi, NVIDIA ION/ION2, AMD Fusion, HTPC based CPU Intel. OpenELEC is an offshoot of the existing Linux distributions and is based on their own developments.
In addition to standard features of XBMC, OpenELEC supports a number of advanced features designed to simplify the work of the maximum. For example, the result of a special configuration addition, allows you to configure the network connection, manage your LCD-screens, enable or disable the automatic installation of updates. In this case, all manipulations can be performed without a keyboard, only with the remote control. Out of the box distro supports features such as the use of the remote control (you can control as an infrared or via Bluetooth), the organization of a file sharing (integrated server Samba), built-in BitTorrent-client Transmission, automatic search and connection of local and external drives.
Using OpenELEC can turn any computer into a media center to work with you as easy as with DVD-player or set-top box. The basic principle of distribution “everything just works” to get ready for the work environment just load OpenELEC with Flash-drive. The user does not need to worry about keeping the system up to date – in the distribution system is used to automatically download and install updates, activated when you connect to the web. You can extend the functionality of the distribution system through the add-ons that are installed in a single repository, promoted by the project developers.
Innovation OpenELEC 3.0:
– A new version of the Media Center XBMC Frodo 12.1. In the last issue we XBMC 11, compared to which involved a new sound system XBMC AudioEngine, added support for the work as a DVR / PVR (view Live TV, listen to Internet radio, work with the electronic program guide and organize videos on request), improved support for AirPlay , advanced content selection in the media library, support for tags to group movies by category, simplified organization of joint access to the library of content through UPnP;
– Moving to AudioEngine engine has improved the definition of the sound equipment, but led to a change in the name of the sound device and method for processing of sound, which may adversely affect the performance after upgrading from the previous release. In case of problems, you should update the configuration in the configuration interface XBMC and delete the file / storage / .config / asound.conf;
– Added native support 4TheRecord, DVB Viewer, Mediaportal, MythTV, NextPVR, TVHeadend, VDR, Njoy N7 and VU +;
– Prepared an official assembly for Raspberry Pi;
– In cooperation with Arctic been established preset OpenELEC on devices Arctic MC001;
– Integrated additional patches to improve support for AppleTV;
– Stabilized support accelerated video decoding (H.264 and VC-1) using the API XVBA (X-Video Bitstream Acceleration) on equipment AMD.
Features of the distribution:
– The presence of open and proprietary drivers for cards AMD / ATI, NVIDIA and Intel. In the composition includes a large collection of drivers for TV-tuners, wired and wireless network cards;
– Support of accelerated video decoding: Intel VAAPI, NVIDIA VDPAU, AMD XVBA (via VAAPI) and Broadcom CrystalHD;
– Additional optimizations for different types of processors and chipsets used in nettops, including Intel Atom, AMD Fusion, NVIDIA ION and Raspberry Pi;
– High Speed Download – the distribution is ready for use in just 10 seconds;
– Support network file system for Windows (SMB / CIFS), MacOS (AFP), Linux (NFS / SSH / SFTP);
– A built-in NTP-service to set the exact time;
– Built-samba-server to provide access to local storage;
– Ppodderzhka playback streams from DVB-devices and viewing content over IP TV;
Advanced configuration via SSH;
– Support for local file systems: EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, FAT32, NTFS, HFS, HFS +, JFS, XFS and ReiserFS;
– Support for remote controls: HID (Boxee, Nyxboard), Windows MCE, ATI X10, IMON, IRTRANS, Nuvoton, Fintek, ENE eHome, ITE8x12, RedRat3, StreamZap etc.
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