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ReleaseNote 5.1-rc1

Android-x86 5.1-rc1 (lollipop-x86)  2015/10/07

The Android-x86 project is glad to announce 5.1-rc1 release to public. This is the first release candidate for Android-x86 5.1 (lollipop-x86) stable release. The prebuilt images are available in the following site:

Key Features

The 5.1-rc1 release is based on the Android 5.1.1_r24. We added many x86 specified code and fixed issues to let the system runs smoothly on x86 platforms, especially for netbooks or tablets. The key features contain
  • Supports 64-bit kernel and userspace, as well as 32-bit system.
  • Update kernel to 4.0.9.
  • Enable OpenGL ES hardware acceleration for Intel/AMD(radeon/radeonsi)/Nvidia(nouveau) chipsets.
  • Support booting from UEFI and installing to UEFI disk.
  • Be able to install to ext4/ext3/ext2/ntfs/fat32 filesystems via a text based GUI installer.
  • Support Multi-touch, Audio, Wifi, Bluetooth, Sensors, Camera and Ethernet (DHCP only).
  • Auto-mount external usb drive and sdcard with filesystem vfat/ntfs/exfat/ext4.
  • Support VM including Qemu, VirtualBox and VMware.
  • Support foreign archs (arm / arm64) via the native bridge mechanism. (Settings -> Apps Compatibility)

Released Files

We create universal images for most x86 platforms. This release contains two files. One is the traditional ISO file that can be booted on devices with legacy BIOS. The other is the EFI image that can be used on more modern devices with UEFI firmware. In particular the EFI image is a 64-bit (x86_64) system. You can choose one of them depends on your devices. In doubt, try the ISO file first.
  • ISO image (32-bit):  android-x86-5.1-rc1.iso

    sha1sum: 33d1489195e8ca3e9b9c253848181e9cb5b311bf

  • EFI image (64-bit):  android-x86_64-5.1-rc1.img

    sha1sum: 56d559d186033a840076d0517ecb89d3c8cc46b5

Both files can be dumped into a usb drive to create a bootable usb stick like

$ dd if=android-x86-5.1-rc1.iso of=/dev/sdX

where /dev/sdX is the device name of your usb drive.

Known issues

  • Uvesafb doesn't work for x86_64.
  • Superuser doesn't work for x86_64.
  • Suspend and resume doesn't work on some devices.
  • No grub splah image.

Source code

The source code is available in the main git server,

    $ repo init -u git:// -b lollipop-x86
    $ repo sync

Read this page for how to compile the source code.