Install and Run the Software
The mini SD card that comes with the BuyaPi kit comes with an operating system preloaded.
This operating system is LibreELEC. This stands for Free (source) Embedded Linux Entertainment Center and is a Linux version of Kodi.
As open source software, DIYers can use this product anyway they wish.
If you are starting with a blank SD card, you will need to transfer the LibreELEC OS image onto the disk. (The disk that comes with the kit mentioned above, comes with the image already on it)
Insert the mini SD card into the Pi, connect the HDMI and ethernet cords and then the power cord. There is no “On” button so as soon as you plug it in, it is live.
Following on screen prompts and basic computer knowledge will help you get the operating system loaded.
This software is the most basic install of the Kodi program platform. There will be no horns, bells or whistles included but you are now ready to start adding your apps (or as the community calls them “Add-ons”).
Three Important Key Factors:
One: Kodi is the main platform that all of these streaming boxes typically use. All the Android Boxes and TV Boxes you hear about, and ours included, use the Kodi platform.
Two: Almost none of the native Kodi functions or addons will give you any content. The content-rich addons are all 3rd party programs (addons) which have been written and maintained by community developers. The actual Kodi developers will take a dim view to any questions posed to them regarding streaming apps/addons.
Three: No one gets paid for any of these communal programs or activities. All of this software you will use is open source and/or supplied by developers who are doing this for the community. And as such, support for a particular add-on can stop at any time with no explanation. This is why it’s best to have multiple video addons.