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OpenELEC is an embedded operating system built around Kodi, the open source entertainment media hub. Home Theatre PCs are known to be hard to install and configure, and  it can take a massive amount of time to keep them running. OpenELEC, on the other hand, is designed to be as lightweight as possible in terms of size and complexity, meaning your HTPC becomes no harder to configure than your satellite box or DVD player. With its small footprint, OpenELEC is also ideal for today's small form factor systems, so you won't need a big desktop computer in your living room!
What makes OpenELEC different?

Good question! You could install Windows or your favourite Linux distribution on your computer and then Kodi on top - and it would work - but it wouldn't be as fast or as easy as OpenELEC. OpenELEC is built from the ground up specifically for one task, to run Kodi. Other operating systems are designed to be multi-purpose, so they include all kinds of software to run services and programs that won't be used. OpenELEC, however, only includes software required to run Kodi. Because of that it is tiny (roughly 150MB), it installs literally in minutes, and, it can boot extremely quickly in 5-20 seconds, depending on the hardware type used.

Unlike other Kodi solutions, OpenELEC is not based on Ubuntu. In fact, it's not based on any Linux distribution; OpenELEC has been built from scratch specifically to act as a media center. That means it doesn't include drivers for things that just won't be used like 3G cards and graphics tablets, for example.

In addition, OpenELEC is designed to be managed as an appliance: it can automatically update itself and can be managed entirely from within the graphical interface. Even though it runs on Linux, you will never need to see a management console, command terminal or have Linux knowledge to use it.

 

Could be an interesting project to revive an old or unused computer,as OpenElec's hardware requirements are minimal.... :headbang:

 

Available builds for the following platforms are:

  • Generic (64 & 32bit): Intel HD/GMA graphics, NVIDIA Geforce / ION / ION2, AMD Radeon / Fusion
  • Raspberry Pi: A and B(+)
  • RaspberryPi-2: Cortex-A7 ARM
  • Freescale iMX6 ARM

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http://openelec.tv/get-openelec

 

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Nice post roady, running Peppermint on my low spec comp. (after trying 6 distros) - seems to b running the best.

Now I have a new toy to play with  :occasion14:


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I've ordered a Raspberry Pi 2 Rev B 1.1.1 and am planning on installing this to create one hell of a media player , I can't wait till next week when my Pi gets here :)

 

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I've ordered a Raspberry Pi 2 Rev B 1.1.1 and am planning on installing this to create one hell of a media player , I can't wait till next week when my Pi gets here :)

 

thanks for the share on this 

Please order me an Apple PI with Vanilla Ice cream.. :histerija: ;)


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:occasion14:

 

will do


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http://www.amazon.co...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

that is what i ordered 


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I will order one sometime  just to put together for the fun of it they have good reviews let us know how you make out I would be very interested in your thoughts and comments. ;)


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i will try to remember to add input lol :P as far as my research has gone tho i have witnessed third party that it can play 10 bit 1080p x265 video with lossless 32 bit flac audio without hesitation i think it only took 3 seconds to load the video and the subtitles worked perfectly

 

i am only buying this to replace my ps3 as a media player and to be able to play cinavia protected files without playback issues lol


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I use my western digitial media player it does not care about Cinivia either but i will probably put together the pi kit just to do it i get bored easily. :)


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that is one good looking kit and cheap with the $-£ rate at present ...lol

 

might have to smootch up to mrs chen and give her the puppy eyes routine


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how did that work for you?  I see you can buy one ready to use with openelec preinstalled

 

http://thepihut.com/...edia-centre-kit


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Installing is just burning an SD card on the older RPI B  or some other media on the newer ones.  The OS runs off the media, there is no internal firmware.

 

OpenElec is just one of many OSs.

 

OpenElec can be put on a thumbdrive to boot a PC if you got an old one holding a door open.


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