Kodi on Linux
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I have seen many posts about Kodi on Android, but from what I have read Kodi runs better on Linux.

Do we know if Kodi will be ported to 64bit Linux in the Pine.

Steven
Melbourne Australia
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(01-19-2016, 04:51 AM)stejep Wrote: I have seen many posts about Kodi on Android, but from what I have read Kodi runs better on Linux.

Do we know if Kodi will be ported to 64bit Linux in the Pine.

Steven
Melbourne Australia

Being the PINE64 an Allwinner SoC (and given their past being unlawful about GPL) , right now KODI developers refuse to write code without the manufacturer helping about their HW. Lets hope that the talking between TLLIM and Allwinner goes to an end and they start helping the community with drivers and whatever else its needed...

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(01-19-2016, 04:51 AM)stejep Wrote: I have seen many posts about Kodi on Android, but from what I have read Kodi runs better on Linux.

Do we know if Kodi will be ported to 64bit Linux in the Pine.

Steven
Melbourne Australia

Kodi on Linux is fine if the CPU is x86 because such machines are very powerful. 

Kodi on ARM boards running a *Linux distribution* is a sad story.
Kodi preferably needs hardware acceleration for both the video decoding (VPU) and video display (GPU).
If you use Kodi on Android on ARM, it is much much better.
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(01-19-2016, 09:46 AM)taros Wrote:
(01-19-2016, 04:51 AM)stejep Wrote: I have seen many posts about Kodi on Android, but from what I have read Kodi runs better on Linux.

Do we know if Kodi will be ported to 64bit Linux in the Pine.

Steven
Melbourne Australia

Kodi on Linux is fine if the CPU is x86 because such machines are very powerful. 

Kodi on ARM boards running a *Linux distribution* is a sad story.
Kodi preferably needs hardware acceleration for both the video decoding (VPU) and video display (GPU).
If you use Kodi on Android on ARM, it is much much better.

I have try the Kodi on Android at Pine A64 board, the DVD and BD iso runs well. H.264 1080P MKV files also performs well. However, 4K H.264 and H.265 doesn't perform well due to soft decoding. I will try my best to bridge up but it is tough.
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(01-19-2016, 09:46 AM)taros Wrote:
(01-19-2016, 04:51 AM)stejep Wrote: I have seen many posts about Kodi on Android, but from what I have read Kodi runs better on Linux.

Do we know if Kodi will be ported to 64bit Linux in the Pine.

Steven
Melbourne Australia

Kodi on Linux is fine if the CPU is x86 because such machines are very powerful. 

Kodi on ARM boards running a *Linux distribution* is a sad story.
Kodi preferably needs hardware acceleration for both the video decoding (VPU) and video display (GPU).
If you use Kodi on Android on ARM, it is much much better.

I would just like to clarify/correct these statements for the reference of any who might run across this thread as I did.

Kodi on Linux is usually fine if the CPU is x86 based because the vast majority of these machines use video hardware for which there are video processing, 2D, and 3D accelerated drivers (often open source) readily available for all modern kernels (not because x86 machines are inherently more powerful). There are exceptions to this, such as Atom processors with PowerVR GPUs where you would not be able to run Kodi on Linux.

Kodi on ARM boards running a Linux distribution does not usually work well because most ARM SoCs lack proper support for one or more of the video processing, 2D, or 3D acceleration components included. There are exceptions to this also, such as the Broadcom SoCs included in Raspberry Pi boards and the NXP/Freescale i.MX6 SoCs found in Cubox and some other single board computer products, which run Kodi on Linux very well (though the original Pi lacks the CPU horsepower to run a lot of HD content).
Kodi preferably needs hardware acceleration for both the video decoding (VPU) and video display (GPU). (This one is essentially correct. I can add that the video processing unit, the 2D graphics processing unit and the 3D graphics processing unit are generally together on x86 machines and all referred to as the video card, video chipset, or GPU, but are referred to separately on ARM SoCs, partly because the VPU is often made by a different party than the 2D and 3D components of the GPU.)
Kodi on Android works much better on the Pine64 and many other ARM SoCs than Kodi on Linux.
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