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Lakka is a lightweight Linux distribution that transforms a small computer into a full blown retrogaming console, and it's the official RetroArch Linux distribution. Good for the Raspberry Pi and other small devices.

If you've got a low-end device laying around, or a single-board like the RPi, then Lakka might be a great way this week to revive it and turn it into a lovely retro-gaming media centre. Over a year since the last release, Lakka 3.0 is out bringing with it a ridiculously huge amount of upgrades.

Some of what's new includes:

  • Operating system based on LibreELEC 9.2 build system
  • Vulkan API enabled for AMD and Intel GPUs (Generic) and for Raspberry Pi 4
  • Support for joycons
  • RetroArch updated to 1.9.3
  • Cores updated to their most recent versions
  • Support for new devices/architecture including:
    • 64 bit images for Raspberry Pi 4 (no 32 bit release)
    • Odroid Go Advance / Anbernic RG351P/M and V / Gameforce Chi
    • Nintendo Switch (instructions)
    • iMX6 with mainline kernel and MESA
  • New libretro cores:
    • Genesis Plus-GX Wide (widescreen enabled core for SEGA Genesis / MegaDrive)
    • Stella (port of upstream Atari 2600 VCS emulator)
    • Supafaust (SNES emulator optimized for multicore ARM platforms)
    • Swanstation (a.k.a. Duckstation, PSX emulator)
    • LowRes NX (Retrogame console that can be programmed in BASIC)
    • Mu (PalmOS emulator)
    • Opera (Fork of 4DO/FreeDO emulator)

Check out the Lakka website for more.

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BielFPs 24 May, 2021
Anyone can recommend me a place where I can learn how to work with Mame bios and rom updates using Retroarch?
no_information_here 24 May, 2021
QuoteOperating system based on LibreELEC 9.2 build system
I had no idea what this means so I looked it up:

"LibreELEC is a minimalistic 'Just enough OS' Linux distribution for running Kodi on modern digital (HTPC) devices. Our documentation can help you install, configure, and use LibreELEC to run Kodi, or develop and build installation images using our buildsystem."
sneakeyboard 2 Jun, 2021
Interesting. I may play around with my RG351 but would rather wait for testing first. I'm sure an editor will review this (not from this site) and post their findings.

There's also ArkOS (ubuntu based) which I'm currently using and it looks very similar to this, which makes sense. Hopefully there are tweaks to optimize running on multiple handhelds as this seems much closer to the "setup once" nature of an operating system; firmware takes a few more steps to do things like updating.
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