Armbian is a Debian and Ubuntu Linux-based operating system that is exclusive for ARM development boards, with the latest release, Armbian 20.08 ‘Caple’ bringing major kernel upgrades, improvements and several bug fixes.
While Armbian supports a wide variety of single-board computer (SBC), such as Odroid, Orange Pi, Banana Pi, PINE64 with SoCs of Allwinner, Rockchip, and many more.
Armbian 20.08 continues the improvements to the login security, which now includes a more user-friendly login screen that requires that users login and change the your root password on first login. Armbian 20.08 also offers an option for automatic login which you can enable by simply filling out some information fields like root password, user creation, and timezone.
What's new in Armbian 20.08 Release?
Armbian 20.08 includes a new powerful ARM board Helios64 which is powered by Rockchip RK3399 SoC, designed for Network Attached Storage (NAS).
With the introduction of support for Rockchip RK3328-based Rock Pi E, Rockchip RK322X SoC, and NanoPi NEO3 single-board computer, including support for older Allwinner chips A10, A20, and A31; also added HDMI sound support. And there is the addition of kernel boot splash as an option, which is a graphical replacement for quiet boot option, displaying the logo and spinner animation on system startup.
Armbian 20.08 includes the following bug fixes:
- Armbian config failed to switch kernels
- Support for EDID Firmware by users
- Rock PI 4B 1Gb doesn’t boot modern kernel / u-boot
- Banana PI R2 does not boot at all
- Fix for Random MAC on H3 boards
- Fix for WiFi on Nanopi M4V2
Additionally, there is an increase in the address room for initial ramdisk, and the missing default SElinux policy has also been fixed in Armbian 20.08 release.
How to get Started with Armbian 20.08 Release
Armbian 20.08 is available for download with the image now on the official page for all the supported systems.
The download process includes finding your board and downloading any of the available images. With the Archives which can be uncompressed with 7-Zip on Windows, Keka on OS X and 7z on Linux (apt-get install p7zip-full) and RAW images can be written with Etcher (all OS). Full download and installation instructions are available here.