Congratulations to the whole team! This is fantastic work.
We are happy to announce the 15.12 release for the reference software
This is our second release and for the first time also including
support for the Enterprise Edition. Since there is still no
availability for the 96Boards HuskyBoard, the first EE RPB was
produced using the current enterprise development boards that are
available in Linaro, such as HiSilicon D02 and AMD Overdrive (same SoC
from HuskyBoard, known as Seattle). Once HuskBoard is available, the
work for making it supported by the EE RPB should be minimal.
A lot of work was put in place for the EE RPB, covering firmware
(UEFI/EDK2), Linux 4.4 (with ACPI), Debian Jessie/CentOS 7 network
installers, OpenStack Liberty, Hadoop, Spark and a few others,
consolidating the work from several other Linaro groups and teams as
well as from community and members.
For the Consumer Edition the CE AOSP RPB for Hikey is now using a 4.1
based kernel, closer to what is provided directly by AOSP. We decided
to not push major updates and rebases for the CE Debian RPB kernel
since we want the changes to follow the same kernel policy as used by
the EE kernel (https://github.com/96boards/documentation/wiki/RP-Kernel-Policy).
The goal of having one single tree for both CE and EE, with a strict
upstream-based policy, will continue, and we hope to have more news on
that in the upcoming weeks.
The work for the CE OE/Yocto RPB was also started, but unfortunately
not yet covering single 96boards machine (due lack of a common
kernel). Please check https://github.com/96boards/meta-rpb and
https://github.com/96boards/oe-rpb-manifest to see what is already
done for OpenEmbedded.
Highlights for this release:
- UEFI/EDK2 support for D02, provided by OpenPlatformPkg
- 4.4-rc4 based kernel, including support for D02 and Overdrive
- ACPI support for D02 and Overdrive (mandatory for the enterprise edition)
- Debian 8.2 "Jessie" network installer (using the 4.4-rc4 based
kernel). CentOS 7 network installer available in alpha state.
* Docker 1.9.1
* OpenStack Liberty
* ODPi BigTop (Hadoop, Spark, etc)
* OpenJDK 8
CE Debian RPB for DragonBoard410 and HiKey (including support for the
- Debian 8.2 “Jessie”
- 4.3 kernel (with additional patches)
- OpenJDK 8 included by default
- 96Boards artwork and default settings
CE AOSP RPB for HiKey (including support for the LeMaker version):
- AOSP Android Marshmallow 6.0
- 4.1 based kernel
Install instructions, known issues, test reports and instructions to
build from source are all published at
Please also check
documentation covering the components released as part of the EE RPB.
For general questions or support requests, please go to the
96boards.org Community forum (https://www.96boards.org/forums/). For
development questions and topics, please use the 96Boards.org
development mailing-list (email@example.com).
For bugs related to the 96Boards platforms, please use the 96Boards
bug tracking system (https://bugs.96boards.org/). For bugs related to
the reference software platform release, but on development boards
that are not officially part of 96Boards, please use
https://bugs.linaro.org instead (e.g. AMD Overdrive and HiSilicon
For IRC support, please go to the #96boards channel at Freenode.
Challenges for the next release (15.03):
- Add support for HiKey and Dragonboard410c at our common 96Boards
kernel tree (by following
- Extended support for CE OE/Yocto
- Support for CE AOSP for Dragonboard410c (with freedreno)
- Compliance process and check-list
We hope you enjoy the release!
On behalf of the Linaro 96Boards team,
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