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I try Kodi 18 this night. The 64 bit edition is really fast to start and seems stable !
I remark some bugs (like a scroolbar not at the right place after switched windowed/fullscreen mode) but nothing really bad for now.

I still like Estuary but I still find that the thumbnails on the home are too big, it was smaller in old versions so it could be nice to be able to choose your own thumbail size because the feeling and visibility are not the same with different screen size.

I decide to test the retroplayer  which seem s to be the main new functionality and I've been disappointed : I don't understand... kodi retroplayer is really too basic...
The very old extension "Rom Collection Browser" was available since many years in Kodi and support roms scraping and playing... May be "Rom Collection Browser" still complementary to "retroplayer" to have scrapping or scrapping is scheduled for future versions ?
It doesn't fix the legal problems due to the bad use of Kodi (yes retrogaming is a really big market and it has no future with the next generations so it's now or never).
Furthermore there are a lot of competition in this sector (retropie,recallbox,launchbox,lakka...) so what's the point of developping this functionality ?

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I look to the future and I think that may be it will be a better idea to put efforts on other things than retrogaming and keep focus on media center to provide great new functionalities :
  • A version of Kodi with a background service separated from the UI could be a real revolution. It could provide :
    • an always up to date library (useful if you add something in your library and you don't run Kodi)
    • an audio/video (upnp,DLNA,airplay...) server always available without the necessity to run the UI,
    • possibility to run the server part on headless linux server
    • possibility to run the player audio part on headless linux server with multiroom support
    • Possibility to provide an awesome remote cloud access with on the fly encoding (to propose alternatives to Plex/Emby for example...) 
  • A way to customize skin elements directly in the interface
  • a faster global search with better UI (available on the home page with only one click or one keyboard shortcut, auto refresh results during typing, ...)
....
An many other ideas which seems a priority comparing retrogaming...


I still use Kodi every day since the beginning (yes the old time when the name was xbmp!) so I don' forget : thanks for the awesome job ,
I hope that we will have some similar ideas for the next roadmap which have to be ambitious Smile
Nice post. 

I also like the idea of the headless kodi.  There is a docker project out there (search for kodi headless) to do this but it feels like a hack instead of something native.  Reading through other threads though I don't think this is a priority to them.    I currently have to run 3 versions of kodi on my home server VM just because the watched status for each profile is not stored individual in the same db.  Have to keep 3 different db's in mysql.  However Kodi 18 no longer runs in a VM properly (has to do with graphics drivers) so I would have to figure out an alternative to move forward.

There are also issues with profiles.  Looks like the master profile gets loaded when you log out. This can be a bit annoying with the pvr stuff as when you login to another account it first has to wait on the pvr to shutdown just so it starts up again.  There is a delay at logon.  Also any other plugins are also now loaded at the logon screen.  It has been reported and apparently nobody available to work on it.  The kodi team is small and works pretty hard as it is. 

The retroplayer and drm updates are big.  I really want to use them, but the issue above I just can't work around.  I'll just have to wait until it gets fixed eventually.
Hi, thanks, interesting this docker !
Kodi teams probably know that this kind of use with a central server correspond to the new way of use of many users because they start to work in this way a long time ago by syncing the watch status when you use upnp between two instance of Kodi. But no more news since this features...

For your problematic you should really try to associate your Kodi with a plex server.
It will solve easily :
  • the management of 3 profils with 3 different "watched status"
  • The server can be headless
  • The plex server can run in a VM, in a docker,... (even as Home-Assistant Add-on Big Grin) easy to maintain and still free for this kind of use
  • I think it can manage PVR too but I never test this functionality.
You let Plex totally manage your medias, it makes very good scrapping too, you create 2 accounts as invited friends.
After on Kodi you install the add-on PlexKodiConnect , you follow the wizard and you're done.

I run like that since 3 months : it will better if it was only Kodi technology behind but I admit that it is a pleasure !
There is a long ongoing thread on the headless topic but as was mentioned earlier in this thread it's not a priority for the very limited dev resources that we have available (at least currently).

Kodi isn't designed to work that way, it's more for running on devices directly plugged into the display (or latterly on some displays themselves directly). The client/server model is of course what Plex uses, and that aim is I think what lead to its creation in the first place (as if you go back far enough Plex is a fork of Kodi/XBMC). The point is we're not trying to outdo or "beat" either Plex or Emby - we're happy to co-exist with them and for people to pick and choose the solution(s) they want that best suit their usage cases. Personally for example I use Kodi at home for my media needs, but when travelling I use Plex on a Firestick. Works fine and fits well in both applications.
(2019-01-30, 18:48)schmurtz Wrote: [ -> ]For your problematic you should really try to associate your Kodi with a plex server.

I've been looking at this recently.  Just haven't dove right in.  Like you though I wanted to keep it 100% Kodi.
(2019-01-30, 18:58)DarrenHill Wrote: [ -> ]The point is we're not trying to outdo or "beat" either Plex or Emby - we're happy to co-exist

Every few months I take a look at plex and emby again.  They just aren't up there with Kodi.  Yes they are simple and have their strengths, but things like IPTV integration still needs a lot of work and customizing it is very limited.  I've been using Kodi way to long.
(2019-01-30, 18:58)DarrenHill Wrote: [ -> ]There is a long ongoing thread on the headless topic but as was mentioned earlier in this thread it's not a priority for the very limited dev resources that we have available (at least currently).

Kodi isn't designed to work that way, it's more for running on devices directly plugged into the display (or latterly on some displays themselves directly). The client/server model is of course what Plex uses, and that aim is I think what lead to its creation in the first place (as if you go back far enough Plex is a fork of Kodi/XBMC). The point is we're not trying to outdo or "beat" either Plex or Emby - we're happy to co-exist with them and for people to pick and choose the solution(s) they want that best suit their usage cases. Personally for example I use Kodi at home for my media needs, but when travelling I use Plex on a Firestick. Works fine and fits well in both applications.
 You're totally right, "beat" or money is not the objective or the philosophy of Kodi. That's one of the reasons why we love it Smile. And you're right too : kodi and plex at that time are perfectly complementary and based on the sames sources (like the famous retrogaming distributions too !)

... But when you come back from holidays and you see these movies that you watched during your holidays which are not marked as viewed it is a little frustrating, isn't it ?
Or another scenario : I took my ipad to watch a tv-show with Plex, when I come back on my TV with kodi I can't resume where I was : I have to seek : frustrating too. OK, like I explain it is possible to remedy to these sync problems with an add-on.... But...

What I mean is if a feature tend to become essential to the ecosystem and this feature is not open source and may be not free one day ... wouldn't it be interesting to anticipate and start integrating these features natively ?
And may be that if retrogaming took a place in the Kodi it shows that the media player part is complete (at that time) and it's time to implement the server side Wink

Mhhh yes... This is an inception  Rofl
But what do i do whet i see how many channels i have, but the ckient won`t download it?
Hello,
Kodi 18.0 does not play DVD, Kodi 17.6 play! How to disable the Kodi update?
Thank you
Kodi itself doesn't update, at least across versions like that. But there are external apps and services (e.g. the Google Play Store and the Windows AppStore) which will unless you disable it in them.

But as you don't say what OS or device you're running Kodi on, then we're not able to advise in any more detail.
(2019-02-03, 13:58)Hombrus Wrote: [ -> ]Kodi 18.0 does not play DVD, Kodi 17.6 play! How to disable the Kodi update?
Please follow 2817051 (post)
Just updated to kodi 18 stable and, video playing on all 1080p stutters a lot if mediacodec surface is disabled.

While with kodi 17.6 was working fine on all resolutions also with mediacodec surface disabled
(2019-02-05, 11:08)Haikoan Wrote: [ -> ]Just updated to kodi 18 stable
Please don't spam your findings via double-/crossposting on this forum.
Stick to the thread you already used here.