[Devel] New Apertis v2021dev3 development release available

Emanuele Aina emanuele.aina at collabora.com
Mon Sep 28 13:26:20 BST 2020

Hello everyone,
 the new Apertis v2021dev3 development release is now available!

Apertis v2021dev3 is the fourth 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://www.apertis.org/designs/release-flow/

You can find the full release notes at

Some highlights from this release:

* Technology preview: 64-bit Raspberry Pi boards support

Images for the 64bit Raspberry PI 3 and 4 are now part of the daily
Apertis image builds.

* Upstreaming of signed metadata verification for offline updates

The version of OSTree in Apertis ships some downstream changes to
protect against malicious static bundle superblocks as used for offline
updates. The work has been recently landed upstream, see

* LXC image recipes moved to GitLab CI/CD

Another pipeline moved from Jenkins to GitLab CI/CD: the `tiny` image
recipes for LXC are now built on GitLab

* Mildenhall Flatpak apps

Based on the work done in the previous cycle, most Mildenhall sample
applications have been ported to the Mildenhall flatdeb pipeline.

* Moved both Renesas R-Car and SABRE Lite to newer U-Boot

As a byproduct of introducing support for the Raspberry Pi boards, the
same u-boot source is now used for all the ARM reference platforms,
which is an important step toward enabling transactional updates with
with the Apertis update manager everywhere.

* Rhosydd VISS

Rhosydd, the vehicle device daemon implementing the sensors and
actuators API has been rebased to the data model from the latest W3C

* Production deployment of emulated OBS package builds on Intel x86-64

OBS workers for the ARM 32bit and 64bit architectures are now deployed
in production using emulation on standard cloud virtual machines.

* Website reorganization

The contents of the designs.apertis.org website has been migrated to
the main site and the required infrastructure put in place to redirect
accesses to the new document locations.

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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