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ReleaseNote 6.0-rc1

Android-x86 6.0-rc1 (marshmallow-x86)  2016/06/08

The Android-x86 project is glad to announce 6.0-rc1 release to public. This is the first release candidate for Android-x86 6.0 (marshmallow-x86) stable release. The prebuilt images are available in the following site:

Key Features

The 6.0-rc1 release is based on the latest Android Marshmallow-MR2 release (6.0.1_r46). The key features include
  • Supports both 32-bit and 64-bit kernel and userspace.
  • Update kernel to 4.4.12.
  • Support OpenGL ES 3.x hardware acceleration for Intel/AMD(radeon/radeonsi)/Nvidia(nouveau) chipsets, as well as VMware and QEMU(virgl).
  • Support OpenGL ES 3.0 via software rendering for other GPUs or no GPU devices.
  • Support secure booting from UEFI and installing to UEFI disk.
  • Be able to install to ext4/ntfs/fat32 filesystems via a text based GUI installer.
  • Upgrading from older android-x86 release is improved. Older release using ext2/ext3 filesystem will be converted to ext4 for better reliability.
  • Support Multi-touch, Audio, Wifi, Bluetooth, Sensors, Camera and Ethernet (DHCP only).
  • Auto-mount external usb drive and sdcard.
  • 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 32-bit x86 ISO and the other is the 64-bit x86_64 ISO. Both can be boot from legacy BIOS and newer UEFI firmware. You can choose one of them depends on your devices. In doubt, try the 32-bit ISO for legacy BIOS devices and 64-bit ISO for UEFI devices.
  • 32-bit:  android-x86-6.0-rc1.iso

    sha1sum: 74ef1b507a348df878a8ca1046b548e5ac5d63da

  • 64-bit:  android-x86_64-6.0-rc1.iso

    sha1sum: 5938bfd258c3fcf3b745f5aa6dec8cb016988fd1

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

$ dd if=android-x86-6.0-rc1.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.

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

Known issues

  • Google Play service crashes sometimes on Intel Gen8+ GPUs.
  • Google Play service and built-in Browser crash on a software rendering device.
  • 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 marshmallow-x86
    $ repo sync

Read this page for how to compile the source code.