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Winter Distribution Updates (and Looking Ahead)!

You might have already noticed by looking at the Downloads page that we have expanded our line-up of releases (again). The winter distribution updates is a major update to our AOSC OS releases, and it packs a lot more than just software updates:

  • Cinnamon and LXDE are added as new variants.
  • SD/eMMC images based on the "Base" variant are now available for ARM devices (Raspberry Pi and Allwinner).
  • Desktop variants (variants with pre-configured desktop environments) are now available for multiple architectures (for instance, XFCE is now available for AMD64, ARMv7, ARMv8 64-bit, PowerPC 32-bit, and PowerPC 64-bit *).
  • All system distributions are now assembled using our new *-base collections (for lack of a good name). They are now built from a minimal system release (a "stub" variant, for our own convenience) every time, instead of being "refreshed" by doing a system update on the old one (a more detailed *-base description/explanation is on the way).

Also, GTK+ based desktop variants are now released with a brand new look, incorporating the elegance of the Arc GTK+ theme, and the simplicity of the Flat-Remix icon theme. As seen in this screenshot of our new GNOME release below.


Now, looking ahead, there are several things to do between now and our next distribution update - and some changes to our distribution update schedule: we are currently planning to shift the distribution update to a set, seasonal schedule (with the exception of BuildKit and important security updates) - instead of this random and fire-at-will mess we currently have... More on that in a later news post.

Also, from the next update on, we will no longer set the default password for root with the default distribution. Enabling root user with a default password is quite a bad idea, as some users may forget to disable or reset the password of the root user, potentially making the system defenseless on a open network.

But for now, please enjoy (or much rather, please, try our) AOSC OS!

(*) PowerPC ports are big endian only, and are only tested on PowerPC-based Macintosh computers with G3 or newer processors.