Linux News Today: Custom Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Live CD Updated with Linux Kernel 4.4, New Mesa
After informing us of the availability of a new build for its popular AndEX Live CD distribution, Arne Exton today announced the release of a new build of its custom Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Live CD.
The Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Live CD is, of course, based on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat mobile operating system from Google, which is also used on the upstream Android-x86 project, allowing users to run the Android OS on their laptops and desktop computers.
Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Exton build 160214 (a.k.a. version 9) is now available for download for free for existing users who have purchased a copy of the Live CD, bringing them a new kernel and an updated graphics stack.
“This version (version 9) replaces all my previous (8) Android-x86 4.4.4 KitKat builds. In version 9 (as in version 8) I’ve added GAPPS i.e. Google Play Services, Google Play Store, Maps, YouTube and more apps. Everything just works,” said Arne Exton.
Now powered by Linux kernel 4.4
Release highlights of Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 build 9 include upgraded kernel packages based on the upstream Linux 4.4 LTS branch, updated graphics stack based on the Mesa 10.5.9 3D Graphics Library, and Bluetooth improvements.
The previous version of Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 used Linux kernel 4.0.9, so by upgrading the kernel packages to version 4.4, which is also the latest LTS (Long Term Support) release, the distribution should now support even more hardware.
Additionally, users will get, as usual, the GAPPS packages, which gives them access to various Google applications and services, among which we can mention Google Play Store, Google Play Services, Google Maps, and YouTube.
Mr. Exton confirms that Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 works flawlessy with his AMD Radeon Xpress 1100-powered Acer Aspire 5102WLMi laptop, especially for gaming. The Live CD costs $9 (€8) and can be purchased from the project’s website.