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ReleaseNote 6.0-r3

Android-x86 6.0-r3 (Marshmallow-x86) (2017/04/24)

The Android-x86 project is happy to announce the 6.0-r3 release to public. This is the third stable release of Android-x86 6.0 (marshmallow-x86). The prebuilt images are available in the following site:

Key Features

The updates since 6.0-r2 include:
  • CD/DVD auto-mount.
  • Fix VMware broken since 6.0-r2.
  • A qemu-android script to launch Android-x86 in QEMU. (only available in RPM installation)
  • Update to latest Android Marshmallow-MR2 release (6.0.1_r79).
  • Update kernel to 4.4.62 with more patches from AOSP.
  • Update Mesa to 17.0.4.
  • More updates from upstream projects (libdrm, ntfs-3g, exfat, bluez).

Released Files

This release contains four files:

  • 32-bit ISO:  android-x86-6.0-r3.iso

    sha1sum: 824bf2b11afc41968ed487ae820a3c8fff1c1602

  • 64-bit ISO:  android-x86_64-6.0-r3.iso

    sha1sum: bf3d8fc504900831d95621595a33408c4f49de44

  • 32-bit rpm:  android-x86-6.0-r3.i686.rpm

    sha1sum: 2fcc1e768d12ebf3e30c7ef8a2a8fedb78756e2e

  • 64-bit rpm:  android-x86-6.0-r3.x86_64.rpm

    sha1sum: bd361bcf85e0b64aa0bc03d2b5edc69d8e5a5f7c

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 -ivh android-x86-6.0-r3.x86_64.rpm

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

$ sudo apt install alien
$ sudo alien -ci android-x86-6.0-r3.x86_64.rpm

All files will be installed to the /android-6.0-r3/ subdirectory and a boot entry will be added to grub2 menu. Reboot and choose android-x86 item from the menu to enter the system. Alternatively, you can launch Android-x86 in a QEMU virtual machine by the qemu-android script:

$ sudo qemu-android

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

To uninstall it:

$ sudo rpm -e android-x86

To use an ISO file, Linux users could just dump the it into a usb drive to create a bootable usb stick like

$ dd if=android-x86-6.0-r3.iso of=/dev/sdX

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

Windows's users can use the tool UNetbootin to create a bootable usb stick.

You can choose one of these files depends on your devices. In doubt, try the 32-bit files for legacy BIOS devices and 64-bit files for UEFI devices. Please read this page about how to install it to the device.

Known issues

  • Suspend and resume doesn't work on some devices.

Source code

The source code is available in the main git server,

    $ repo init -u git:// -b android-x86-6.0-r3
    $ repo sync --no-tags --no-clone-bundle

Read this page for how to compile the source code.