I’m actively considering buying a Khadas VIM3. Before I take that plunge (not a cheap one!) I’ll need to be a lot clearer than I am now about the path to be followed.
I am to the typical contributor to this forum as a master of English prose is to a dyslexit; putting it another way, I’m not just a newbie (in regard to ARM devices anyway) but a complete ignoramus. I’ve been trying to avoid embarrassing myself too much by reading assiduously in this forum, as well as in Khadia’s, watching YouTube and other instructional material, etc. To little avail, alas.
So I’ll just have to go ahead and expose my stupidity. Nowhere have I found any definitive statement - or at least none that I can comprehend - which would tell me the one fundamental thing I need to know. Which is this:-
CoreELEC is a Linux distro - right? And Linux is an OS - right? So why do i keep seeing statements which seem to take it as a prerequisite for running CE that Android (or some other OS) must already be running on whatever computer one plans to install CE on?
Don’t get me wrong: I’ve got nothing against installing Android - quite the opposite. I just want to understand the relationship. Is each of the two completely self-standing and self-supporting or is one dependent on the other being present (symbiotic, if you will)?
And, while I’m at it, I might as well further deepen my embarrassment by asking another stupid question:- I have in mind to use Kodi as my media-player (I will be using the VIM3 - if I buy it - as an HTPC for playing-back TV broadcasts both live and recorded). Does this determine which of the various sorts of images/install procedures must be chosen and if so, which ones?
(Hoping it would contain a Readme file which would put me out of my misery I’ve downloaded from the CE webbsite, and burned to an SD, an image-file <g12b_a311d_khadas_vim3> (It doesn’t). Would I need to be running Android on a VIM3 before using that SD to install CE on it? Or, alternatively, ought I rather to be downloading an Android version of Kodi and using that - in which case would CE even come into the process at all?).
There’s more but I won’t go on…