I just today downloaded and installed 8.95.3 (for plain S905) onto a microSDHC card which I then booted my old BeeLink Mini MX III from.
I bought the Beelink a year or two ago in the vague hope that OpenELEC would someday evolve & stablize enough to allow me to replace my old & bulky x86 HTPC with this tiny Beelink box. And I did try running one of kszaq’s much earlier releases on the Beelink some long time ago, but at that time there were still too many open issues, so I just put the Beelink on the shelf where it has been ever since. Today, I took it back down off the shelf and gave it another go with CoreELEC.
I have to say that I’m impressed. Everything, and I mean everything just worked, leaving me only one very tiny nit to pick. (See below.) And it’s not like I didn’t run CoreELEC through its paces. I did. I tried every different flavor of video file I have, and that’s a lot. Everything played just perfectly, including the 70mbps H.264 “jellyfish” demo, the 50Mbps HEVC “jellyfish” demo (the 70Mbps HEVC demo file was a little too much for the hardware, it seems), both MPEG4/AVC and VC-1 blue ray rips, and also all sorts of other files, including WMV1, WMV2, WMV3, MPEG4/ASP, and of course MPEG4/AVC. All this stuff worked perfectly, including even TrueHD audio passthrough to my receiver (from one of my BlueRay rips) and I was pleased to see that somebody somewhere finally got around to fixing the nit that used to make it an unintutive pain in the ass to replace Estuary with Confluence.
In short, this looks like a home run, and my kudos to everyone involved.
I do have just a couple of quite small nits to pick however.
First, unlike on my more powerful x86 HTPC, there is a noticable lag of about 1.5 seconds, each time I use the skip forward or skip back buttons while watching any kind of video. (There is zero apparent lag when these same operations are performed on my trusty old x86 HTPC running an ancient version of OpenELEC.)
I’ll file a formal bug report on this, if anyone says I should, but for now I’m just noting it here, and kinda vaguely hoping that someone will fix it. (I don’t know if this is even a CoreELEC specific thing. Maybe its a Kodi issue.) If this could get fixed then I could and would finally put my old x86 HTPC out to pasture and replace it with the Beelink. (I like to skip over the boring parts in all of the tons of DVD movie rips I’ve got, and this laggy behavior is just annoying.)
Second, under Confluence at least (I didn’t check Estuuary) pressing ‘o’ while playing a video still shows what’s going on but sadly, it seems that i no longer shows counts of the dropped and/or skipped frames. What’s up with that? This is useful info and now it has vanished??
That’s my only two nits. Like I say, other than these very minor things, 8.95.3 seems quite perfect, at least based on my testing.