Linux News Today: Android-x86 4.4-r5 Might Be the Last Release in the Android 4.4 "KitKat" Series
We reported two weeks ago that the Android-x86 4.4-r4 might just be the last in the Android 4.4 KitKat-based series of the Linux distribution, but it looks like the developers decided to make one more maintenance release.
And so, the Android-x86 4.4-r5 build has been released the other day and it is now available for download, for new users, or upgrade, to existing ones. The fact of the matter is that Android-x86 4.4 is currently the only stable branch of the project.
It’s, of course, a quick bugfix release that patches a more some issues with hazi fonts in the Mesa 3D Graphics Library 10.5.9, which were reported by users with Intel i5 GPUs. So if you still encounter the hazi fonts issue with your Android-x86 4.4 build, you need to upgrade.
“The Android-x86 4.4-r5 is a bugfix of the 4.4-r4 release. It addresses more hazi fonts issue of Mesa 10.5.9 found on Intel Gen5 GPUs. You are encouraged to upgrade to this release if you still encountered the hazi fonts issue,” developers explained.
Some known issues are still present in this release
From the release notes, it looks like there are still some knowing issues for this version, which users should be aware off. For example, on some machines, the suspend and resume functionality might not work as expected, and the installer it now capable of formatting partitions with the EXT3 file system.
If this is the first time installing Android-x86 on your computer, you should download the Android-x86 4.4-r5 ISO images right now via our website. On the other hand, we recommend existing users to upgrade to the Android-x86 4.4-r5 release as soon as possible.