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Le Potato Ubuntu and Debian with Linux 4.18

Linux 4.19 is a LTS release so we went ahead and created a spectrum of images for Le Potato based on Linux 4.18. These images come with three months of upstream Linux enablement by our partner @BayLibre. Some of this work will be showcased at @KernelRecipes and @EmbeddedRecipes along with free #LePotato boards for attendees.

These images are based on Linux 4.18.7, X11 up to 4K30, and Amlogic Mali (for non-Headless). When Linux 4.19 is tagged by Linus, we will work on final images with automatic package upgrade for Linux, u-boot, and user-space that is currently done through scripts.

  • Debian 9 Stretch Headless (Server)
  • Debian 9 Stretch LXDE
  • Debian 9 Stretch XFCE
  • Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Headless (Server)
  • Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic MATE (Gnome 2)
  • Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic XFCE
  • Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Headless (Server)
  • Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial MATE (Gnome 2)
  • Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial XFCE

You can grab them here: Ubuntu Debian

In other news, BayLibre is working with LibreELEC to get mainline hardware decoding working for Le Potato. This work will eventually make it into Kodi and we are very excited about it. The upstream V4L2 hardware video decoder work by Maxime Jourdan of BayLibre will not land in Linux 4.19 but will be backported. This work will coincide with two new products due in the following months: La Frite and Les Puree. These designs share the same underlying architecture as Le Potato to re-use the software technologies we have invested in.

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Wrapping Up Linux Plumbers Conference and Preview Image

Linux Plumbers Conference was a great resource for us to meet the people who play critical roles in getting Linux to where it is today. We received a lot of input on the future direction of numerous technologies we use. We also sponsored the LPC T-Shirts for this year and we hope to do more in the coming years.

Our partners have helped us complete a preview image based on Linux 4.13 mainline and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. You can find the details and instructions here: http://forum.loverpi.com/discussion/6/linux-libretech-4-13-0-preview-image#latest

Please try it out and give us some feedback. There’s a lot of changes coming to the ARM world like EBBR, ASBA, and SBBR. We will continue to refine the software releases to be standards compliant as they are released.