LibreELEC: OpenELEC Fork, Same Music, New Band
You may have heard some rumblings in the Kodi world about a new distro called “LibreELEC.” As you may have already guessed from the name LibreELEC is a fork of OpenELEC and the team has outlined the reasons for their split in a lovely rock-band analogy.
“The fork is due to “creative differences” among long-term band members. The founding member and original creative force for the band was the drummer, the guy responsible for keeping time and setting the rhythm. For a few years the band made great music, other band members started to contribute their own songs, and the band gained many fans. Over the last 18-months as the band released platinum albums and achieved super-group status the drummer started to turn up late for concerts, and when on-stage he kept playing experimental jazz drum solos when the rest of the band simply wanted to rock together. The band spent many months trying to persuade the drummer to attend rehab and jam with the team again, but the drummer completely ignored the band and kept playing solos (occasionally muttering that the band had always been about his solos) so in the end there was a private discussion and vote. As the band members couldn’t fire the drummer (as he founded the band and controlled all its instruments) they elected to quit and form a new band.”
The “drummer” they are referring to is no doubt Stephan “Sraue” Raue, the founder and lead developer of the OpenELEC project. While there was obviously an acrimonious set of circumstances involved, LibreELEC plans to simply co-exist with the older and more recognized OpenELEC.
This far, there are not many major differences between the two projects, although as time goes on you should expect the forks will drift further apart.
If you want to give it a try you can download a build for various systems or use their new USB-SD Creator tool (available for Windows, Linux, and Mac.) There are even manual update images to upgrade an OpenELEC system to LibreELEC.
Have you tried LibreELEC? What did you think of it?