[Devel] New Apertis v2021dev2 development release available

Emanuele Aina emanuele.aina at collabora.com
Mon Jun 29 16:29:07 BST 2020

Hello everyone,
 the new Apertis v2021dev2 development release is now available!

Apertis v2021dev2 is the third development release of the Apertis v2021
stable release flow that will lead to the LTS Apertis v2021.0 release
in March 2021.

For more details about the Apertis release flows and support periods,
see https://designs.apertis.org/v2021dev2/release-flow.html

You can find the full release notes at

Some highlights from this release:

* Signed metadata verification for offline updates

Apertis now uses a separate signature on the offline bundle metadata to
ensure that the authenticity of the all the data processed can be

* Mildenhall flatpak runtime

It is now possible to port Mildenhall applications to the Flatpak
application framework, using the new Mildenhall Flatpak runtime.

* Encrypted offline updates technology preview

Offline updates can no be encrypted to make their contents inaccessible
from unathorized parties.

* GitLabCI-based image building pipeline

The images for this release have been built entirely on GitLab CI
rather than Jenkins. The new pipeline is much faster and easier to

* The feedback from OBS builds is now integrated with GitLab CI uploads

The build log when uploading packages to OBS is now captured as part of
the GitLab CI pipeline: developers can now find all the information
they need about their package uploads in a single place.

* Emulated OBS package builds on Intel x86-64 proof-of-concept

Support for building ARM and ARM64 packages on Intel x86-64 machines is
being worked on and has shown some interesting potential at this early

* Website reorganization

The contents on https://apertis.org website have been massively
reorganized to make them more relevant and easier to find.

* Trusted zones with OP-TEE document

A new document describes how the OP-TEE trusted computing platform can
be integrated into Apertis.

* OSS compliance document

This new document describes the workflow to collect licensing data for
each package and emit bill-of-materials for each generated image.

* Project-wide dashboard

A new dashboard helps with the maintenance of the project, providing an
overview of its global health.

The full release notes contain more details and pointers to the work
done as part of this release:

Images already available for download at

Thanks to everyone who contributed!

Emanuele Aina

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