LibreELEC, a “just enough” operating system Linux distribution for running the Kodi media center, has just started its LibreELEC 9.0 Alpha Cycle with the release of LibreELEC (Leia) v8.90.003. The release is for Generic x86 personal computers and Raspberry Pi hardware computers at this stage. Technical decisions are pending for its development before it is released for Amlogic, Rockchip, and Slice hardware as well. The developers have announced that it will not be released for NXP / iMX6 in this version though as support for that was removed from Kodi a while ago. If support is reinstated in the next Kodi, we can expect the OS to return to those platforms as well.
Kodi media center is a free open source service that runs on Windows, OSX, iOS, Android, Linux, and Raspberry Pi. It is an application developed by the Kodi Foundation featuring a 10-foot user interface that is specifically designed to work on television screens with remote controls. The service is developed to allow for seamless view and play of music, videos, podcasts, and images from local storage devices attached as well as from the internet on smart devices.
LibreELEC is a non-profit open source operating system that is designed to include the necessities to be a just enough OS (JeOS) for the support of Kodi on smart televisions. It is a Linux kernel distro that brings this media functionality to smart screens.
Kodi can be installed on Raspberry Pi by first downloading and launching the LibreELEC installer application.
You must first download the LibreELEC USB-SD Creator application on a device with an SD card drive or USB slot and launch it with administrator permissions. Once the application is up and running, you must select your desired version in step 1 of 4 and then hit download in the second step. This will download the correct disc image. In step 3, you must select your USB device or SD card and then proceed to write the image. Once the write is complete, eject your SD card or USB drive and plug it into a Raspberry Pi device. Start the device and a welcome message will pop up for LibreELEC.