VIM Ubuntu Mate with Linux-3.14 KODI 17.3 ROM V180127 [EMMC INSTALLATION]


Here we release a new Ubuntu Mate ROM V180127 with KODI 17.3 for VIM. This release add KODI support, we use some packages from @balbes150, thanks Oleg. :wink:
Check Firmware Page to download the ROM.

ROM Infos:

  • ROM version: VIM_Ubuntu-mate-16.04_Linux-3.14_KODI-17.3_EMMC_V180127/khadas_vim_emmc.img
  • MD5SUM: e89912102ca1a562aeeb5a05da317609
  • The ROM is for eMMC installation
  • Account info:
    • User: khadas
    • Password: khadas
  • LED state:
    • Booting: on
    • Boot up: breathe

Change logs:

  • Add KODI support
  • Enable alsa-midi

Upgrade guidance:

By the way

This image is built using Fenix scripts, you can use it to build your own image!

Have fun!

How to install distri on EMMC - "VIM_Ubuntu-mate-16.04_Linux-4.9_SD-USB_V180207"?

I suppose this will not be compatible with VIM2? Or would it?


Hi riaana,

Yes, it’s just for VIM.

Armbian + KODI (Ubuntu\Debian) for SD & USB & eMMC

Wicked! Thank you so much. Question: does it means that playing a .mp4 in ffplay / mplayer / vlc = hardware decoding instead of cpu?


Just KODI with hardware acceleration.


Hello numbqq, Thanks for adding the MIDI support.
I am not fluent in Linux MIDI, but have successfully installed Rosegarden(MIDI Sequencer) and Jack. A MIDI file loaded into Rosegarden plays thru a generic USB-to-MIDI adapter, to a Casio keyboard.
I have much to learn, but should be fun.

Thanks again, RDFTKV.:grinning:


Not sure why video hardware decoding only works with kodi and not with mplayer, vlc, ffplay (ffmpeg) etc?


Is this rom using an older version of Linux kernel (3.14) or is that a typo?


Hi rosenblat,

It’s 3.14, not a typo.


Any plans for newer Ubuntu images, latest release was 3 months ago?

Any news about gpu&vpu acceleration, will it ever come to Amlogic soc’s?

@Gouwa, @numbqq, @willow, @terry?


Hello Tommy21,

We will release newer Ubuntu image this month.

NO X11 GPU driver for linux 3.14 and 4.9 now, for mainline it works but fps is too low. What do you really care about GPU?

For vpu acceleration, you can use KODI, but just for 3.14 now.



Can I build Kodi separately? I do have my Ubuntu Bionic Beaver image built already using super easy to use Fenix script :blush:


Hello Gytis,

I use Kodi built from @balbes150, you can try to build from source code.:wink:


@numbqq Any hints how you integrate it? There is probably some extra script you need to invoke in addition to Fenix script?


Hello Gytis,

I use the blobs built from balbes150, you can find here

And I haven’t tried to build from source code yet, maybe @balbes150 can give you some suggestions.

You can also refer to the LibreELEC about how to build.