I am using Raspbian on Raspberry Pi 2 and have hardware acceleration enabled by having MPEG-2 license key configured.

Now considering moving to Ubuntu 16.04. Does anyone know if the license key can be installed the same way and confirmed hardware acceleration to be working on Kodi?

  • I don't understand the question. The MPEG-2 key is licensed to the Raspberry Pi you bought. It allows the Raspberry Pi hardware to decode MPEG-2.
    – joan
    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:46
  • @joan, and we put the key into config.txt. I was wondering if it is the same procedure for non-Raspbian O/S and whether it would take effect Apr 2, 2017 at 9:18
  • Are you saying you want to run Ubuntu on the Pi hardware? I don't know what low level differences there may be between Raspbian and Ubuntu as far as the parsing of /boot/config.txt is concerned.
    – joan
    Apr 2, 2017 at 9:35
  • @joan Yes, I am interested in running Ubuntu 16.04 on Pi 2 so that I could get dotnet core apps to run on it Apr 2, 2017 at 14:52

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The MPEG-2 key is bound to the hardware , not to any kind of operating system. It will work with any software which is tailored to the Pis HW acceleration APIs (mainly OpenMAX IL).

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