The Evolve OS team has just announced the release of Evolve OS Beta 1.1. This release is primarily focused on the stability of the OS and bringing the core systems up to date. Note that as this is an update to Evolve OS Beta 1 (Quality Cycle), changes that are intended for beta2 will not be present (such as UEFI support). Also note Evolve OS is only available as a 64-bit system.
Evolve OS Beta 1.1 core changes
- Evolve OS has had several core parts updated, including, but not limited to:
- Linux kernel 3.19.1
- GCC 4.9.2
- Clang/LLVM 3.5.0
- systemd 218
- Many Evolve OS packages are now being built with Clang by default, hence reducing the overall footprint of the system. A live booted Evolve OS Beta 1.1 (via USB) will use around 185-190MB of RAM idle on a Thinkpad X1 Carbon, and boots in 2.318s on an Intel NUC (D54250WYK) installation.
- Evolve OS ISO can now booth with USB3 without any conflict. This was caused as a result of the xhci module split in Linux 3.18
- The log outs is now clean
- Performance and stability issues have been addressed across the board, and changes for usability too
- Users will now notice they are no longer required to enter any passwords on the Evolve OS Beta 1.1 image, which will make simple tasks such as connecting to the WiFi, simple again
- Full multimedia key support within Budgie, as well as many fixes to ensure Qt and Java applications behave in a native and consistent fashion
- Many more packages have entered the repos, and are entering daily
- The building process now revamped, and have switched to a YAML based file format (ypkg) to describe package builds, with an overlayfs-powered chroot builder to greatly speed up the development processes
- During this Quality Cycle the repository has seen over 300 commits in a concerted effort to stabilise and improve our core system.
- LibreOffice is available, and VLC is preinstalled with full codec support. The re-categorisation of the software center will make many hidden packages visible, but this will come throughout the week via updates. Simply typing “libreoffice” into the search bar of Evolve OS Software Center will reveal these packages.
- Graphical issues suffered on some Intel chipsets have also been resolved through updates to the graphics driver, and as such resolve visual artefacts often seen with window shadows.