Armbian 22.11 released with 64-bit RISC-V UEFI, ultra minimal images support

Armbian 22.11 has just been released with three new SBCs, support for 64-bit RISC-V UEFI, a new ultra-minimal image optimized for software development, and various improvements.

Armbian was born as a framework to build better OS images, usually Debian or Ubuntu, for Arm-based single board computers from Orange Pi, Hardkernel (ODROID), FriendlyElec, Banana Pi, and others, but now with the release of Armbian 22.11, support for the RISC-V architecture has started since the system can now generate 64-bit RISC-V UEFI images.

Armbian 22.11

Some other highlights of Armbian 22.11 include:

  • Added support for Banana Pi BPI-M5 (Amlogic S905X3), ODROID-M1 (Rockchip RK3568), and Rock Pi 4C Plus (Rockchip RK3399-T)
  • Enabled community images with a weekly release cycle
  • Added ultra minimal images optimized for software deployment
  • Improved support for the Rock Pi S (Rockchip RK3308)
  • Kernel upgrade is frozen by default to improve stability

Armbian Minimal Images

I could not find details about the new “Minimal” images, but as can be seen in the screenshot above listing some of the Banana Pi BPI-M5 images, it is about 130MB smaller than the usual “Client” image. There’s no specific RISC-V SBC mentioned in the release, but I’d expect the first RISC-V boards to be supported by Armbian to include the StarFive Vision 2, or the Allwinner D1-based Nezha or Sipeed LicheeRV SBCs. A more detailed changelog can be found on the documentation website.

If you’d like to upgrade simply run those two commands:

For a new or fresh installation, you can browse the list of supported boards, download the Debian or Ubuntu image you’d like to install, and flash it to a MicroSD card with USBImager or other tools. More details may be available in the announcement.

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