We are happy to announce that, after much searching, we have ourselves a host university for the AOSCC 2019 events!
The AOSCC 2019 will take place in University of Science and Technology of China - in Hefei, China, on July 12 - 14th. The events details and venues are kindly negotiated and made available by LUG@USTC.
On April 23rd, we have officially entered a month of freezing period for AOSC OS’s Testing branch. For the meanwhile, we are working to sync all package updates on the Testing branch, across all currently active ports.
If you are using the Stable branch, you will continue to receive security and exceptional updates.
To continue the tradition of mis-using NVIDIA’s development boards, we have obtained an NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Developer Kit several days back. “JellyXavier,” as it is named as a BuildBot, is now available for all dev-pubkeys-registered AOSC developers at Relay port 24444.
This build host will be dedicated to the building of AArch64 (
arm64) packages. Formerly, both AArch64 (
arm64) and ARMv7 (
armel) packages are built on a shared BuildBot - an NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Developer Kit, with a measly 4GiB of RAM. In the recent cycles, we have been constantly plagued by this insufficient amount of RAM - and this in turn has resulted in the two ARM ports lagging behind the other architectures.
The AGX Xavier, however, comes with 8 very fast NVIDIA “Carmel” cores, and 16GiB of RAM. Registering as the second fastest out of all Relay BuildBots. This hardware addition will undoubtedly help us catch up (and eventually enrich) both ARM ports.
As for the Jetson TX1, it will now be dedicated to build ARMv7 packages (which of course, is much more available for this task).
Xavier in the Madison, WI. “Engine Room”.
Confused? This is quite similar to the concept of an OS-tan - have a good read!
At the time of writing, more details about the character’s name and other features are being finalised - and hopefully we will see her here on the Portal soon.
At the time of writing, we have a bootable copy of AOSC OS i586 port! The port now contains packages needed for a “Base” variant tarball, and is now working towards a full-fledged desktop experience.
The port is currently tested to run on a Sony PCG-C1VN sub-notebook. The sub-notebook is powered by a 600MHz Transmeta Crusoe processor, with 192MiB of RAM and 7GiB of HDD space made available for AOSC OS. The sub-notebook dual boots Windows Me - for my personal entertainment needs and a rudimentary test for GRUB functionalities.
I am currently working to create a refined Kernel config for the port. At present, the port will boot and login with a memory footprint of approximately 20MiB. Not bad, if I may say so myself - but there are space for improvement, as we move more features out of the Kernel image, and built as modules. Having based our Kernel config on the AMD64 port’s, we have much to cut down.
And finally, a video recording of the computer running a WindowMaker session.
With the i586 port going along, we have also started work on creating a set of visual designs for our OS/Retro family of ports. This family of ports will contain support deprecated and outdated architectures, such as i586 and the big endian PowerPC 32/64-bit devices. To better adapt to these older devices, system features and dependencies will be cut down, resulting in smaller install sizes and more reasonable performance (compared to the current PowerPC ports, which shares the same build configuration as all other “mainline” ports).
The logo design was initially made by community member Neruthes, and further modifications made by me.
Poster, “20th Century, Millennium, Present.”
Logo, full colour, tilted.
— Mingcong Bai, with regards.
After some four months drowning in updates and rebuilds, the current cycle is now looking to start its one-month freezing period on Tuesday! In the coming month, we will work to smooth out the rough edges (.so dependencies, etc.) and make sure that Stable users will receive a smooth updating experience.
After nearly a year in delay, Core 6 “Fsck” will ship as a part of this coming cycle update. Coming in this major Core update…
i586(yes, Pentium-class devices), and Loongson 2F, 3A/B support.
ppc64port will be specifically optimised for the PowerPC G5 processor - as our PowerPC 32/64-bit Big Endian ports are now built for the PowerPC-based Macintosh computers.
The i586, now that we have mentioned it… Will serve as an experimental port, where we try and refactor parts of the AOSC OS dependency tree to make the system lighter to install and run. This will undoubtedly help us as a distribution which ports to newest, as well as vintage and long abadoned devices (from your newest Intel Coffee Lake laptops, to the “Clamshell” iBook G3’s).
The reference device for this port will be the 2001 Sony Vaio PCG-C1VP running Windows 2000 (its owner - me - is considering swapping out he motherboard with one from the PCG-C1VN for Windows 9x support). This machine comes with the following (rough) list of hardware:
We’ll see how it goes over the summer - maybe we’ll see it as a demonstration machine at AOSCC 2019!
Our venerable infrastructure contributor and resident Python guru @gumblex is currently undertaking a massive refactor for our ACBS (Autobuild CI Build System), which our packagers use to build packages daily.
With this factor, we are hoping to see more reliable sequential/batch build support and dependency resolving.
Further more, we have now made it imperative to include checksum when packages from a source package/tarball.
Effective next week, we will start posting AOSA (AOSC OS Security Advisory) whenever the updates are ready for all branches. Formerly, AOSAs for the Testing branch will be delayed until it merges with Stable at the end of each cycle. Additionally, security issues that affects both Stable and Testing branches will be announced under a shared AOSA ID, as long as they describe an identical issue.
Furthermore, our contributor @KexyBiscuit has offered to work on announcing future advisories in the future - after I have become too busy to write up security reports.
— Mingcong Bai
So, let’s kick off the weekly updates (*note: issue “15” for this is “week 15” of 2019)! I’m still trying for a good format at the moment (and also tight on time), but hopefully we will see better quality in future posts.
We are currently trying to wrap up the current cycle (which has been dragging on for almost six months at this point) - there are still hundreds more packages to rebuild for the upcoming Core 6 (GCC C++ ABI, and Perl 5.28). After these rebuilds are sorted for AMD64, we will go into a month-long freezing period - hopefully starting on April 26th. During this freeze period, the rest of our ports will be synchronised.
In this cycle, we have updated or rebuilt virtually all packages in the repository - mostly because of other major updates, namely Python 3.7 and OpenSSL 1.1.
Now, having trapped ourselves (and you) in this extremely long cycle, we are looking to shorten the next one - focusing on updating all major desktop environments and their components - GNOME 3.32, Plasma 5.16, KDE Applications 19.04, MATE Desktop 1.22, etc.
We are also working on transitioning our RISC-V port (
riscv64gc) port into “regular” maintenance - it will have working Testing and Stable branches, and ready to follow future cycle schedules by the end of this cycle.
Looking back into history (literally), we have been putting (low-priority) effort into creating a new i586 port for 32-bit only, Pentium (1993) and newer devices (Pentium II, Pentium III, Transmeta Crusoe, …). We are also planning to create specialised configurations for ports targetting older devices (
ppc64), while sharing the same Core and ABBS tree - more detail to come in future weeks.
A new Telegram bot has been created by The Salted Fish, which manages a game of Last Man Standing… Where people who unfortunately can’t go to sleep early can entertain themselves with competetive “staying-up.”
Of course, we don’t endorse such unhealthy behaviour… But if you’d like to have some fun while not asleep in early morning - here’s one option.
Okay, that should do it for this week. Come back next Monday at 6:00AM for more community and project updates!
— Mingcong Bai
I hope you enjoyed our parodic literature yesterday (I’ve certainly had a good laugh editing them…)!
Looking back on the posting history on this Portal, however, we seriously need to pick up on publishing updates. To keep this short…
Starting this week - weekly updates at 6:00AM UTC every Sunday.
— Mingcong Bai
Dear friends of the community,
Today I would like to make aware that the AOSC Oxygen, Silicon, and Carbon Cycle Systematic Operation Agency (AOSCCSOA) has run into its greatest crisis since its establishment in 2011.
As we may all know, the AOSC is a community of organisms originated from Earth that can conduct biological activities such as packaging in silico. However, as all of us are still bound by the second law of thermodynamics, we have to obtain energy from outside sources in order to maintain the in silico biological activities that potentially reduces entropy progressing. The AOSCCSOA, the agency responsible for the continuous supply of energy needed by the member organisms of AOSC to maintain in silico biological activities, is currently reporting a huge loss in the latest annual report. This is mainly due to the reduced production and uncontrolled increase in prices of the sole carbon source for AOSC member organisms: the Anthon Oryza sativa Collection. Without a continuous supply of energy, the AOSC community’s continual functioning is at risk.
We as AOSC member organisms are trying hard to support our AOSCCSOA operation. This is done by attempting to consume alternative energy sources such as maize and tater, as well as reducing reproductivity through quorum sensing to reduce energy consumption. The aquatic division of the AOSC, especially the Salted Fish, has successfully achieved the goal of energy cut on parallelism by stopping all vital processes for individuals containing results that would be discarded. On the other hand, microbes such as S. aureus had also reached stationary phase of the growth curve to limit energy consumption. These activities, while at a cost to the productivity of the AOSC community, did manage to help maintain the AOSCCSOA’s operation for the past few months. However, as the summer is approaching and unfortunately, all the crops are not yet prune, the stress on the supply chain would soon reach record high since the Agency’s establishment.
Knowing that the AOSCCSOA may cease operation at any moment, we as member organisms have come the consensus that a major undertaking is imperative to save the community. We have learned that Idol Projects are really popular on the global scale and has the ability to provide enough for our AOSCCSOA to operate until the harvest of this year’s first Anthon Oryza sativa Collection, so we have determined that this is the way to go.
During a test run on Mar. 16, 2019, our first two Idols, Chief Executive Jelly Bai and member Lion, went public and received significant amount of support from our users and other that may have never heard of us. In the following weeks, other members of community will also go live and perform our important in silico biological processes. We hope that such activities would bring us enough support and help us through one more year of fighting against the Entropy and taking care of all architectures we could support. Please follow us on the Community Portal and our GitHub Organization Home. The realization of our ultimate goals relies on your continued support.
To Our Community:
Let’s remember the teaching of our fatherly leader and mentor, Lord Yhi: We Care about You, Your Development Boards, Your Mysterious CPUs, and Your Pre-historic Antiques.
— S. aureus, on behalf of all members of AOSC.
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