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System Release Update - Oct. 21st, 2016

A wave of new system releases are now available to AOSC OS, this time for the AMD64/x86_64 architecture. With this update, all system releases come with AOSC OS Core 4.0.1 and Linux Kernel 4.8.3, while releases with desktop environments comes with:

  • KDE Plasma Destkop 5.8.1 and KDE Applications 16.08.2.
  • GNOME 3.22.1.
  • MATE 1.16.0.
  • Xfce 4.12.

For each of their respective releases. There are much more to the new system releases apart from basic system software updates:

  • From this release, all system releases are built from the "Base" variant, instead of rolling updates on top of old releases - hopefully providing a cleaner and properly minimalized dependency tree.
  • All system releases with desktop envrionments' apperances have been slightly customized:
    • All releases now uses the new AOSC OS default wallpaper, showcased here.
    • All GTK+ based desktop envrionments now use the Arc Darker GTK+ theme by default.
    • MATE and Xfce releases now use Numix icons by default, replacing the old Vertex icons.
  • All system releases should have higher usability out of the box:
    • Printing and scanning.
    • Network connection, management, and Bluetooth connectivity.
    • Web access, and e-mails.
    • Basic productivity.
    • Multimedia support.

Take this example of our MATE release, as you can see:


It now comes with all the appearance customization mentioned above, in addition to bluetooth connectivity support - powered by Blueberry from the Linux Mint Project - everything should function out of the box, so you can jump right into work and entertainment.

You may now head over to our Download section to get the new system releases, or simply update your existing installation.

Known issues:

  • When the system release boots for the first time, it may take two or three minutes due to a bug in the Fontconfig caching system, which does not distinguish symbolic links from normal files representing fonts. We are aware of this issue. This should only happen once on the first boot, if this issue still occurs to you in future startups, please do file a complaint.
  • While these releases should boot on Bay Trail devices, the graphical interface may not start or function properly, if that's the case, please append nomodeset to your Linux Kernel parameter (defined in GRUB, our default bootloader) to workaround this issue. There is still an ongoing effort to make AOSC OS work better on theses devices.
  • Surface Pro 3 keyboard may not work properly with AOSC OS, this is not yet confirmed with the newest Kernel updates - but it did not work with 4.7 Kernel release series.