We’re delighted to announce that after several months of work, a Debian 8 release candidate is finally ready for the Creator Ci20 microcomputer.
Introducing Debian 8 for Ci20
Debian 8 for Ci20 is based on a stable version of the Linux 3.18 kernel for MIPS CPUs. Included in this new release are major driver updates to the PowerVR graphics and Wi-Fi firmware, along with changes to the NAND memory driver which will improve overall system speed and stability. Additionally, the Linux kernel and several drivers are installed as Debian packages for easier future upgrades.
Further improvements include adapting to the monitor resolution at boot, a DRM-based PowerVR SGX driver that enables applications to use the X window manager, increases in Ethernet download speeds (from 30Mbps to 70Mbps), and some file-system optimizations to speed up boot time.
Owners of the new square-shaped Creator Ci20 boards will also have access to PC-style indicator LEDs that show CPU and flash I/O activity.
We are still working hard to fix two known issues: implementing video hardware acceleration support for media players (e.g. MPlayer) and audio recording.
To get the new version of Debian up and running on your Creator Ci20, simply download the latest image from our eLinux page and follow the steps described here. Since this release changes the NAND flash partition layout, please remember to back up your user data before upgrading to Debian 8 to prevent data loss.
Finally, we recommend you read the release notes carefully as they contain important information about the new release; don’t hesitate to also use our forum if you want to ask any questions. For more information on what’s new in Debian 8, check out this page on the official Debian Project website.
Additional improvements to Android 4.4
Earlier in June, Creator Ci20 received another update, this time for Android. Android 4.4.2 brought along important fixes, including support for USB storage and external cameras. In addition, we significantly decreased boot-up time and solved some memory leaks in the Ethernet settings menu. Previous updates also expanded on the existing audio features, along with some improvements to the Linux kernel.
Moreover, the engineering team is finalizing an Android 5.0 release that will be released imminently.