Starting Friday 13th December nightlies will resume with a new kernel and new media modules for our Amlogic-ng builds.
This has been built from the ground up by the CoreELEC team rather than being forked from Hardkernel or Khadas and is based on the latest Android 4.9 kernel from Amlogic.
We had previously been using the Buildroot 4.9 kernel from Amlogic forked from Hardkernel and had learned that Amlogic is no longer actively developing this which presented a challenge for us given that the latest Amlogic SoC’s (S905X3 and S905D3) was not compatible with it.
Rather than continuing to follow and use a vendor kernel we decided it would be best if we controlled the chain ourselves and started from scratch as this would enable us to move to newer kernels much easier in the future and also pull the latest updates from Amlogic with minimal conflicts.
There is also a huge upgrade to the media modules which is what is directly responsible for hardware decoding that results in much better video playback and more content being playable than ever before, we are now using a multi decoder rather than a single decoder and our changes to the media modules are much more minimal than they were previously in order to keep us more closely aligned to the stock Amlogic code.
We require as much feedback as possible and these builds should be considered highly experimental.
Enjoy from all of us at CoreELEC.