OpenELEC 2.0 Released with XBMC-Eden 11.0

If you’re looking for a HTPC that feels more like a DVD player or what some describe as an “appliance-like” feel, then OpenELEC could suit you. Last week, the OpenELEC team released version 2.0 of their embedded Linux distribution. It can be installed in “under 5” by placing the release on a USB stick and using the stick as the boot drive in your HTPC (check out OpenElec install guide for more details).  Once installed, you’ll be able to enjoy all the great advantages users on the web have been raving about.

Many like the feel of OpenELEC due to how fast and efficient it is. When installed, HTPC’s boot up within 10 seconds of pressing the power button. If that’s not impressive enough, the release also includes the latest XBMC-Eden v11, which if you don’t know by now, includes PVR support. The system is also able to pull automatic updates down from the web with a live internet connection.  Last, installation is fast, easy and requires no prior Linux experience. All you need is the compatible hardware.

Builds of OpenELEC are available on AppleTV, Intel ION PC’s, Intel/AMD Processor, etc. Basically, there is a distro available for almost everyone. OE supports most wired/wireless network cards so internet access shouldn’t be an issue. Check out the OpenELEC download page for more info.

Stay tuned for more guides on this promising software. What has your experience with OpenELEC been? Let us know in the comments below.

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