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17 October 2012, 14:57

OpenELEC 2.0 media centre OS released with PVR support

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OpenELEC logo Almost exactly one year after the first stable release, the developers at the OpenELEC Project have published version 2.0 of their embedded media centre operating system. Short for Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center, OpenELEC is a small, "built from scratch" Linux-based distribution built to run the open source XBMC Media Center software. Its developers say that the platform is designed to be installed in less than 15 minutes by users with little to no Linux experience and to boot as quickly as possible.

Zoom OpenELEC 2.0 upgrades the XBOX Media Center to the latest stable version
Source: OpenELEC
Version 2.0 upgrades the included XBMC Media Center to version 11.0, code-named "Eden", bringing with it all of the changes and new features from that release, including performance improvements, extended network support and revised metadata grabbers (also known as "scrapers"). According to its developers, the new OpenELEC release is also the first stable distribution ever to include direct X-Video Bitstream Acceleration (XVBA) support for XBMC. This means that, on AMD-based systems with an integrated Unified Video Decoder (UVD), overall CPU usage is drastically reduced as H.264 and VC-1 encoded content can be played back directly. "The advantages introduced by this implementation are enormous," say the developers.

Zoom Default PVR support based on XBMC 11 has been added to OpenELEC
Source: OpenELEC
For the first time, OpenELEC now includes PVR (Personal Video Recorder) support, allowing users to directly record video through XBMC's user interface. To facilitate this, DVB firmware and drivers are included and PVR functionality can be enabled or disabled in XBMC's settings. Other changes include support for streaming audio and video over AirPlay and HDMI-CEC adapter support.

Further information about version 2.0 of OpenELEC, including a full list of package upgrades and enhancements, can be found in the release announcement and in the change log. OpenELEC 2.0 is available to download from the project's site as system-specific versions for, among others, Intel (Core2Duo or later), AMD Fusion, and NVIDIA ION-based systems, as well as the first generation Apple TV. An upgrade guide is provided for users updating to versions 2.0 from the previous stable release. Hosted on GitHub, source code for OpenELEC is licensed under the GPL.

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