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This application is what is commonly called a media centre application. It is software that provides a user friendly interface to access your digital media. Apps like this are particularly popular with those who have digitised a large film collection they had on DVD or VHS. It also streams video.
The app itself is no less safe for use on Windows 10 than it is on any other platform. The risk lies in what you download. The app itself, plugins. Always check that you are getting your software from a reputable source to avoid accidentally downloading malicious content onto your computer.
This application is perfectly legal. As a stand alone application, it does nothing that could be considered breaking the law. However, there are a number of plugins and add ons for the app which add functionality that would be illegal. Such as streaming pirated TV shows, movies, and other content.
The application is far from dead. The developers keep it updated and regularly post news on the latest developments. Confusion may arise from the latest release of the app being called "the last release", but this merely refers to being the last release of the 17.x version of the app.
Kodi cannot be installed on the Roku in any officially authorised capacity. This is not surprising, since it would effectively replace a lot of the functionality of the Roku itself! There are unofficial work arounds to get the app onto a Roku. But even they are considered unreliable at best.
To download the app on a Windows or Mac machine, simply navigate to their website and hit the "Download" button. From there, select your platform. For Android, the app can be found in the Google Play Store. Things are a little trickier for iOS devices, but tutorials are easily found.
Updating Kodi can be tricky, depending on what platform you're using. Android is by far the easiest, with the app auto-updating like any regular app. Windows and Mac will require you to download the updated installation files yourself, and other platforms like Amazon Fire Stick need more in depth instructions.
The 17.4 release of the app is intended solely as a stability and bug fix update, so the answer is yes; it is stable. At this stage in development, the team have already moved on to the upcoming 18.x release, but took the time to put out 17.4 to improve this release.
This is an open source application. Open source means that, yes, it is free. It is free to download, free to use, and, should you wish to, it is free to grab the source code under the hood and do with it what you will (as long as you share!).
Installing the app on an Amazon Firestick is a great way to get the benefits of it on your TV without having a bulky computer nearby. Unfortunately, it's also a little more involved, and involves doing things that could potentially damage your Firestick. Many good tutorials can be found online.