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ReleaseNote 8.1-rc2

Android-x86 8.1-rc2 (Oreo-x86) (2018/10/18)

The Android-x86 project is glad to announce the 8.1-rc2 release to public. This is the second release candidate for Android-x86 8.1 (oreo-x86). The prebuilt images are available in the following site:

Key Features

The 8.1-rc2 release is based on the latest Android 8.1.0 Oreo MR1 release (8.1.0_r48). We fixed issues found in the since 8.1-rc1 and upgraded some important components:

  • Update to the latest stable kernel 4.18.14.
  • Update Mesa to 18.2.2 with LLVM 7.0.
  • Allow to set resolution via standard video=<xres>x<yres> kernel cmdline for all GPUs.
  • Fix apk can't be installed on 9p filesystem.

Released Files

This release contains four files. You can choose one of these files depends on your devices.

  • 64-bit ISO:  android-x86_64-8.1-rc2.iso

    sha1sum: 6d33b54e35ab4592216c1d0a589c5f4bd4e88912

  • 32-bit ISO:  android-x86-8.1-rc2.iso

    sha1sum: 56189142ba8777896ea54621c45b325e2bf604c7

  • 64-bit rpm:  android-x86-8.1-rc2.x86_64.rpm

    sha1sum: 62331e5c9da89971618db1de9641e11e6dbfb1ec

  • 32-bit rpm:  android-x86-8.1-rc2.i686.rpm

    sha1sum: 8dba7656aec698be8243f6485ba0bff476a608a2

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_64-8.1-rc2.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-rc2.x86_64.rpm

This will update your older installation like 7.1-r2 or 8.1-rc1 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-rc2.x86_64.rpm

All files will be installed to the /android-8.1-rc2/ 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

Known issues

  • Google Play Service may crash sometimes on the 32-bit image.
  • 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 oreo-x86
    $ repo sync --no-tags --no-clone-bundle

Read this page for how to compile the source code.