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Release Note 8.1-r2


The Android-x86 project is glad to announce the 8.1-r2 release to public. This is the second stable release for Android-x86 8.1 (oreo-x86). The prebuilt images are available in the following site:

Key Features

The 8.1-r2 release contains all features in 8.1-r1 and bugfixes from upstream:

Released Files

This release contains these files. You can choose one of them depends on your devices. Most modern devices should be able to run the 64-bit ISO. For older devices with legacy BIOS, you may try the 32-bit ISO.

To use an ISO file, Linux users can dump it into a usb drive by dd command like:

dd if=android-x86_64-8.1-r2.iso of=/dev/sdX

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

Windows's users can use the tool Win32 Disk Imager to create a bootable usb stick.

Please read this page about how to install it to the device.

Except the traditional ISO files, we also package android-x86 files into a Linux package rpm. It allows Linux users to easily install the release into an existing Linux device with a standalone ext4 root partition. On an rpm based device (Fedora/Red Hat/CentOS/SUSE...), just install it like a normal rpm package:

sudo rpm -Uvh android-x86-8.1-r2.x86_64.rpm

This will update your older installation like 7.1-r2 or 8.1-r1 if you have.

On a deb based device (Debian/Ubuntu/LinuxMint/...), please use the alien tool to install it:

sudo apt install alien
sudo alien -ci android-x86-8.1-r2.x86_64.rpm

All files will be installed to the /android-8.1-r2/ subdirectory and boot entries will be added to grub2 menu. Reboot and choose android-x86 item from the menu to boot Android-x86. Alternatively, you can launch Android-x86 in a QEMU virtual machine by the installed qemu-android script:

sudo qemu-android

Note Android-x86 running in QEMU and the real machine (after rebooting) share the same data sub-folder.

To uninstall it :
sudo rpm -e android-x86
or (on Debian/Ubuntu/LinuxMint/...)
sudo apt-get remove android-x86

Source code

The source code is available in the main git server.
repo init -u git:// -b oreo-x86 -m android-x86-8.1-r2.xml
repo sync --no-tags --no-clone-bundle

Read this page for how to compile source code.