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Posted at 4/6/2023 17:41:34     
Our Discord community has surpassed 1000 Discord members, which is beyond our expectations, and we are incredibly grateful for everyone who has participated and helped improve our community experience!

We are excited to announce that our continuous integration system is slowly getting back into action. We have nailed down the critical bugs and sorted out versioning. Our beta.armbian.com repository is now back with kernel semi-automated updates. We are also working on building framework documentation, and before we put it to the final destination, docs.armbian.com, we invite you to get involved in fast bootstrapping.

If you'd like to get involved in armbian, meet us at 6 PM CET every Wednesday for weekly developer meetings!

We have also enabled Github sponsorships, so you can easily sponsor the project. This is a great way of supporting us and the future of armbian.

We were also busy planning for Armbian 23.05 release, and besides finding various agreements on tasks, the primary goal of the meeting was to clean the list of supported boards.

Also, we have enabled Google login on our forums, which became a hit overnight!  

Lastly, you are always welcome to join us at our general meetings every Friday, which take place at 11 PM CET every Friday!

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Posted at 4/13/2023 04:07:56     
Dear Firefly Community,
We are excited to share some updates on the progress of our project with you.
Our crowdfunding campaign is just three days from completion, and we have already started negotiating with one of our hardware suppliers for a possible partnership. Join now if you haven’t yet!
We have added build configs for Mekotronics R58 and expanded our community-supported targets to include Risc-V Vision Five two boards, Star64, MangoPi, and Beagle V. Additionally, we have made 50+ bug fixes across all segments this week.
We have also made some improvements to our download images wizard with several new features:
We have added a date range filter to the board selection process, making it easier to find boards based on the year they were released.
We have added an architecture filter to the head, defaulting to aarch64, with direct links to architectures on our website and forums.
We have created a new group called “Community Support” and moved CSC there, allowing for easier filtering and indexing.
We have added and enabled all RISC-V boards and a few others, although they are currently only available as nightly builds from Git until they are more stable.
We look forward to continuing our progress together and appreciate your continued support of our project.
Best regards,
The Armbian Team
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Posted at 4/20/2023 04:27:20     
Dear Firefly Community,

We have some exciting updates to share with you!
Firstly, we are thrilled to announce that we have successfully raised 5000 EUR for upgrading our CI servers. We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of you who participated in this fundraiser and for your continued support. Despite this success, our project remains underfinanced, and we rely on your support to keep Armbian going.

We also have some technical updates to share. FriendlyElec has sent us a sample of the NanoPi R6C, another RK3588S board that’s worth checking out. It has an M.2 slot and one less NIC than the R6S variant, and Armbian is available for both. More info at https://www.armbian.com/nanopi-r6s/

We have successfully ported the latest ZFS to Armbian Jammy and Armbian Bullseye. This means that users of these operating systems can now take advantage of the latest features and improvements in ZFS. Additionally, we have released our package dependency autotest framework at repository management. This framework will help ensure the reliability and stability of our packages, making it easier for you to use and enjoy Armbian.

As always, we appreciate your continued support and feedback. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us.

Best regards,
The Armbian Team
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Posted at 4/30/2023 18:14:06     
Hello Firefly Community!

We hope this newsletter finds you well. As we approach the 1st of May, let's remind you that it is code freeze day. This means that we will prioritize resolving bugs over new feature development. More info at https://docs.armbian.com/Process_Release-Model/

We are excited to announce our partnership with Khadas, which will help us improve the support quality of their boards!
We are calling out for help on testing. How can you help? Build an image or download daily builds, test them, and report any problems on our forum. We are looking at base functionality only, so that any feedback will be greatly appreciated.
As you know, many boards are not supported because no one is monitoring their state. Therefore, we encourage anyone interested to step up and act as a board maintainer—more info at https://docs.armbian.com/Board_M ... res_and_Guidelines/

We also have some good news to share. We have fixed the no-boot troubles with Orange Pi Zero 2 and Olimex Teres.
Lastly, we are happy to announce the preparation of a new giveaway campaign. Expecting to start from the 1st of May, we will be donating two Banana Pi boards. More info about the giveaway will become visible at https://forum.armbian.com/raffles/category/1-official-giveaways/
Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best regards,
The Armbian Team
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Posted at 5/19/2023 01:53:22     
Hi Firefly community,
We are already in May!

As we approach the code freeze, we begin the bug-hunting phase, with all our efforts focused on one final check. Our primary focus is on the boards that vendors assist us with, labelled as platinum support. We apply the same level of service to "supported" boards, but we carry the biggest burden of board maintenance. If we still have time, at the end of the process, we will also evaluate the status of boards that are still in development and those that we have officially deemed as unsupported.

We are continuing with the development and testing of our CI! It has been completely rewritten to significantly improve the release process.

During May, we will be focusing on code stabilization and finalizing of board support. We anticipate official support for Khadas Edge 2 and Bananapi CM4/M2S to be available before the end of the month.

We expect to release Armbian 23.05 in the last week of the month. We appreciate your help with testing and encourage you to apply for maintainership of boards. All boards that have a known and active maintainer can receive official status. Together, we can provide a good software experience!

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best regards,
The Armbian Team
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Posted at 5/23/2023 19:18:13     
Greetings Firefly community,

Here are some fresh updates and announcements for this week.

We are approaching the release of Armbian 23.05, codenamed “Suni”.  As we finalize this release, we kindly request your assistance in testing it on devices that we were unable to cover. Your feedback will help us ensure the stability and reliability of the release https://forum.armbian.com/topic/28289-armbian-2305-suni-testings/

In an effort to improve user experience, we have recently redesigned the participation page, https://www.armbian.com/participate on our website. The new page provides basic guidance on how to get involved with the project and showcases open bugs and tasks for the current and upcoming releases. While we are making adjustments for the 23.05 release, we have also started working on 23.08, which is gradually accumulating more tasks. We encourage you to contribute to these tasks and help us address the community’s needs. Our Armbian maintainer group is relatively small, and your support is vital in fulfilling the users’ requests.

We are happy to introduce a new board that has joined the Armbian family, the Radxa E25. However, please note that this board is currently in the testing phase. If you own this hardware,  we welcome your participation to test it and report any issues you encounter. More info on the Radxa E25 at https://www.armbian.com/radxa-e25/

We have partnered with SinoVoip, one of Armbian’s Platinum Partners, to bring you an exciting opportunity! They are generously giving away a Banana Pi CM4 with a carrier board. Participate in the raffle for a chance to win this powerful device at https://forum.armbian.com/raffle ... -cm4-carrier-board/

Lastly, we are excited to announce that we are actively working on making i3 an officially supported desktop environment within Armbian. You can follow the progress of this topic on the Armbian GitHub repository at https://github.com/armbian/build/pull/5188

Thank you for your support and dedication to the Armbian project. Together, we are shaping the future of open-source ARM development!

Best regards,

The Armbian Team
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Posted at 6/27/2023 16:03:59     
Last edited by Armbian In 6/28/2023 15:09 Editor

Dear Firefly Community,

We are pleased to announce the official support for the Bigtreetech CB 1 board on Armbian! The Bigtreetech CB1, developed by the respected Bigtreetech company, one of the most popular 3D printer brands among global creators, is a remarkable addition to our lineup. We are delighted to them as a Platinum partner, and we believe this collaboration will bring great value to our community.

In other news, we want to address the state of our Allwinner support. Realizing the need for a fresh approach and a dedicated focus on Allwinner-specific problems, we have been actively searching for someone who can take on this responsibility. We are fortunate to have found Julia Longtin, who has graciously agreed to step up. Julia brings a wealth of technical knowledge and experience in team leadership to the table. We are confident that her involvement will help us overcome the decline in support for Allwinner devices and work towards making them perform even better. Julia’s initial goal is to enhance automated testing for major Allwinner chips, including A20, H3, and H6. To achieve this, we will be adding several SD card emulators to improve our automated testing gears. As time permits, we will expand this level of automated testing capabilities to cover other chips as well. For day-to-day updates and discussions, you can find Julia on IRC #armbian or #armbian-allwinner with the username “juri_.”

We would like to congratulate roel, the winner of our previous giveaway, which featured the BananaPi CM4 Carrier Board. Your participation and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated. As one giveaway ends, another begins! We are excited to kick off our latest giveaway, featuring the BananaPi M2S. Head over to our forum to participate and stand a chance to win this fantastic device.

Earlier this year, we launched a fundraising campaign with the aim of improving our build infrastructure. We are delighted to share that we have partnered with Ampere Computing, who have generously provided us with a powerful, dual 80-core aarch64 beast equipped with a terabyte of memory. This upgrade will significantly enhance our capabilities. However, please note that the lead time for this new infrastructure is approximately three months. In the meantime, we have received additional build capacity from Oregon State University. We are grateful for their support, which will help us use our current infrastructure until the new setup is ready. Our infrastructure team will be meeting this Saturday to discuss for a smooth transition.

Thank you for being a part of the Armbian community. With your continued support and the contributions of passionate individuals, we are confident in our ability to improve the situation and provide better support for Allwinner devices!

Best regards,

The Armbian Team
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Posted at 7/31/2023 22:26:23     
Dear FireFly community,

Some fresh news for you!

Device additions and development updates

In the past few weeks, we have been actively adding support for new devices. Our team is currently working on bringing up the Khadas VIM1S and the highly anticipated Lenovo X13S, one of the best ARM-based laptops available, and the TI SK-AM64B board, developed by Texas Instruments. Furthermore, Intelligent Agent has submitted their Allwinner-based 3D printer controller.

The developers’ section has been particularly active lately. We are in the final stages of upgrading u-boot and implementing power management support for the entire Allwinner family. Additionally, we are continuously improving our automated testing procedures, which involve testing all possible kernel combinations for around 50 different boards. Once these tests are completed, we will finally release the missing 23.05 release updates and more on the stable branch, fulfilling the requests of many users. However, for those who can’t wait, building from sources remains a viable option. Rest assured, we are diligently maintaining the build system to ensure its reliability. Moreover, our development team is actively working on projects such as Radxa CM5, NanoPC T6, Nanopi R4SE, Mixtile Blade 3 and more.

We have also made significant updates to core boot components, enhancing stability and expanding hardware support for newer revisions.

Wallpaper contest

We are thrilled to announce the wallpaper contest! If you have a passion for design, this is your chance to have your work featured on Armbian. Let your creativity shine, be original, and above all, have fun! In collaboration with SinoVoip, the Bananapi maker, we have prepared three boards as rewards for participants in the contest. We also encourage the community to become a Desktop Maintainer, and help us with Armbian! You can learn more about the role here.

August release

We are already hard at work on our next release, code-name Colobus, scheduled for August. Our primary focus will be on stability improvements, boot-loader upgrades, enhanced auto-testing, advancing the refactoring of armbian-config, and introducing a mainline-based kernel for RK3588 / 3566. We aim to test as much hardware as possible to provide comprehensive support but your involvement is highly appreciated.

Thank you for your continuous support, and stay tuned for more exciting updates!

Best regards,

The Armbian Team
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Posted at 9/1/2023 21:53:15     
Dear FireFly community,

Here are the latest updates!

Device Support, Enhancements, and Progress
We’re excited to announce the addition of support for several new devices, including Khadas VIM1S, VIM4, TI AM26, and Licheepi 4a. To enhance user experience, all Khadas images are now available in their “oowow” format, streamlining the installation process.

Bananapi M5 and M2PRO users can look forward to numerous fixes that enhance stability and performance. Updates for the Thinkpad X13s have transformed it into a highly usable device. Additionally, thermal support for Opi4 has been fixed, eliminating issues with high-load operation.

Our latest release introduces overlays for the Amlogic family of devices, enhancing their functionality. We’re pleased to share that the cryptoroot build functionality has been successfully resolved, contributing to a smoother overall experience.

The development of mainline-based images for Rockchip RK3588 boards, including Rock5 and Nanopi T6, is making excellent progress. Our build runners are already up and running on these machines, ensuring the quality of the upcoming release.

We’re in the final stages of preparing a stable packages update that will significantly enhance your Armbian experience. Stay tuned for its release within the upcoming major update by the end of the month.

Wallpaper Contest
We’ve initiated a wallpaper contest, and the submissions are already pouring in. It’s exciting to see the creative contributions from the community!

How to Participate
Join us in testing nightly builds and providing valuable feedback. If you encounter any issues or have suggestions, please open tickets on our Participation Page.

Thank you for your continuous support, and stay tuned for more exciting updates!

Best regards,

The Armbian Team
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Posted at 9/21/2023 21:03:35     
The Armbian Wallpaper competition end date is coming closer and closer each day! Just 9 more days until the competition is finished, so what are you waiting for? Go ahead and submit your wallpaper, and maybe win one of our amazing prizes! You can find more information here: https://forum.armbian.com/topic/ ... -wallpaper-contest/
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