LibreELEC is a Linux distribution. It is a non-profit fork of OpenELEC itself. Similar to OpenELEC it is a lightweight and fast boosting media center software. Libre ELEC is an open source program developed by the Kodi foundation. It is a JeOS and the primary advantage of using LibreELEC is that it is very efficient in running Kodi especially compared to robust Operating Systems like Windows and Mac-OS. LibreELEC is a very convenient operating system for HTPC users and can run on low powered HTPC without any sacrifice to the picture quality or sound of your media content. It gives you a smooth functioning without your having to pay extra money on your equipment for a better performance.
Features of LibreELEC:
- Easy Installation
Installing it is quite easier. It has some list of requirements that are easy complete. The installation procedure is much easy to complete and will get you up and running in about 20 minutes including installation, configuration and customizing.
- Standard Interface
LibreELEC uses a standard Kodi interface with Estuary skin. If you are a user familiar with Kodi you will find the UI very comfortable and easily find media to play.
LibreELEC is very use to use. It boots directly into Kodi Homepage with all the live menus and options to select your item from. The boot procedure takes only about a few seconds and you will be ready to run your media.
Libre ELEC uses the stock Kodi distro that provides standard customization. Customizations can be done from within the settings. Also you can add a bunch of different add-ons.
- Miscellaneous Functions
LibreELEC team works closely with Kodi and is updated every month and it runs much faster on Raspberry Pi 3. Moreover LibreELEC meets the essential security requirements and works on a wide range of hardware.
Hardware on Which LibreELEC Is Supported:
LibreELEC is a ‘Just Enough OS’ Linux distro. It is quite useful for HTPC users and allows you to watch your favorite TV shows and movies using Kodi and without you having to pay a huge sum of money. LibreELEC has supports for Raspberry Pi 0/1/2/3, x86_64 devices with nViia, Intel and AMD GPU’s, We Tek Play 1 and 2 and We Tek Hub, Odroid C2 and Cubox Imx6 devices.
LibreELEC Installation Guide:
To install this on your device you will need a Windows, Linux or Mac PC to create a SD card that will install LibreELEC on the device. Follow these step by step guide to install Libre ELEC:
- Open your PC’s web browser and download the Libre ELEC version best suitable to your computer.
- Locate the downloaded file on your computer and click on it. The program will run and the USB-SD creator window will pop up on your screen.
- At the top left corner of your screen, you will be given an option to select the device that you will be installing LibreELEC on. Enter the device of your choice.
- Now in the next field select the downloaded file and choose a folder in which you want to place the file. Then the file download will begin.
- After the download is complete, on the next dropdown field select the SD flash drive that you want to write the file in. Now click on the write button.
- Now to boot your device with LibreELEC, make your device that your device is turn off.
- Now insert the SD card into your device. In case you are using an Odroid device, you have to plug in to your HDMI or Wi-Fi module before you move on to the next step.
- Now, if you are using an Odroid board plug in the power cord, if you are using We Tek device, press and hold on to the reset button or if you are using Raspberry Pi directly hit the power button.
Pros of Using LibreELEC:
- Updates are available regularly.
- Very few bugs and glitches.
- A large community with a number of developers that provide all the support you need.
- Better and Improved security
Cons of Using LibreELEC:
- Uses the older Linux Kernel.
To wrap it up, Libre ELEC is a very handy and convenient software for everyday use. Watch movies and shows using Kodi in great picture and sound quality at a pocket friendly rate and as it uses very little system resource it becomes very useful for HTPC users.