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OpenELEC 2.0 Home Theatre PC Released

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OpenELEC is now offering the first stable release of its Linux distro, OpenELEC version 2.0, for your HTPC needs. OpenELEC 2.0 is a snappy version of XBMC 11.0 Eden designed to be installed on Intel and AMD hardware. OpenELEC supports most wireless and wired network cards along with support for legacy and new GPUs.

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OpenELEC is an embedded Linux distribution that aims to allow people to use their Home Theatre PC (HTPC) in the same manner as any other device attached to your TV - like a DVD player or Sky box. Turn on your box, and OpenELEC is ready for usage in less than 10 seconds - as fast as some DVD players. A simple remote control is all you need to complete the experience. With OpenELEC you do not need to worry about updating, as the whole operating system will seamlessly self-update everything automatically when connected to the Internet (this includes XBMC). Installing OpenELEC takes less than 5 minutes and requires zero Linux experience. When installed simply add your media files, preferred addons and OpenELEC will “just work!.” Openelec supports a wide range of media shares, including cifs (Windows and most consumer NAS boxes default file sharing system), nfs and many more. This allows you to view your media (music, pictures and videos etc) on OpenELEC even though the files are somewhere else within your network.
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OpenELEC was specifically created to run XBMC optimally and provide a seamless media consumption experience without all the normal installation or upgrade hurdles. Its add-on architecture allows you to customize XBMC to your preferred look-and-feel along with adding new functionality as required. OpenELEC is extremely light weight (less than 130 MB installed) and supports a diverse array of hardware platforms.

Drop by their site for more info and download locations.

Does this sound like something worth checking out?
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I wish I had another SSD to try this in my HTPC. I have too much stuff running well on my HTPC to format it though to try something. I wonder if it would run well (if at all) off of a thumb-drive?

**EDIT** Looks like it might run off of a USB stick. Perhaps it's worth playing around with one of these nights after my rig gets done recording stuff.
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Yeah, the site says it will run from flash media, Compact Flash card or SD card. Let us know if you try it!
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Im still waiting for the day that a linux distro will have native blu-ray playback support then I can finally drop windows and build myself a Linux HTPC smile.gif

Just the same Im going to give this a try and see what it offers and if there is anything I can contribute to further its development.
Edited by Daniel Chaves - 10/18/12 at 3:14pm
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Originally Posted by Daniel Chaves View Post

Im still waiting for the day that a linux distro will have native blu-ray playback support then I can finally drop windows and build myself a Linux HTPC smile.gif
Just the same Im going to give this a try and see what it offers and if there is anything I can contribute to further its development.

That will take a while, I'm still waiting for the day when Linux will become as seamless as windows and I don't have to enter a cmd prompt to see if trim is working after I edit the fstab file.
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I have been beta testing OpenELEC for over a year. OpenELEC latest release is awesome, don't hesitate to give it a try. I have it running on multiple platforms on Patriot Xporter XT Rage usb Drives.
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What kind of video and sound output options are available? I'd like to pass source direct from an MKV file to my video processor. Is this possible with OpenELEC with hardware that includes an HDMI output? Can it do any HD audio decoding (DTS MA, etc)??
Edited by barhoram - 10/19/12 at 9:45am
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Originally Posted by Daniel Chaves View Post

Im still waiting for the day that a linux distro will have native blu-ray playback support then I can finally drop windows and build myself a Linux HTPC smile.gif
Just the same Im going to give this a try and see what it offers and if there is anything I can contribute to further its development.

Amen to that!!
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"I'm still waiting for the day when Linux will become as seamless as windows " - you will be waiting forever. It isn't going after that market, although there are some distributions that do an awful lot of hand holding.

I've been using OpenELEC 2.0 betas for.. 6 - 9 months. I have my gripes with it, but its become my main video player on my most actively used TV. I installed from a usb stick onto a 2GB sdcard in an atom/ion-based Zbox, about $230 in hardware I used to run my htpc on, and performs admirably. For my setup, I did have to ssh into the machine and create some linux configuration files to get the sound working properly. Never even boot into the HTPC anymore.
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