Armbian 23.02 out with Linux 6.1, DietPi 8.14 adds experimental RISC-V support

Two of the most popular projects providing images for Arm and RISC-V single board computers have released new updates with Armbian 23.02 adding Linux 6.1-based Debian and Ubuntu images, and DietPi 8.14 adding experimental RISC-V support for the StarFive VisionFive 2 SBC and new Arm boards.

Armbian 23.02 Quoll

Armbian 23.02

Linux 6.1 is the latest LTS kernel, so Armbian is now providing Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy and Debian 11 Bullseye images based on Linux 6.1.y for boards that support it, as well as the first development images based on Debian 12 Bookworm and Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar.

I could not find any new boards added in the changelog, but the release brings several improvements and bug fixes to some of the already supported SBCs including the Raspberry Pi 3, Orange Pi R1 Plus LTS, ROCK Pi S, ROCK Pi 4NanoPi R2S, NanoPi NEO3, and Banana Pi BPI-M2 Pro. The announcement also highlights that Armbian OS works well on RK3588 with official support for Radxa Rock 5 and Orange Pi 5, albeit some are still using Linux 5.10.x.

The Armbian 23.02 is the last release based on the legacy framework, as the next release will rely on a complete rework of the build framework that took two years to complete and is said to bring significant improvements such as an “advanced but simple-to-use logging system”, better use of caching, and more. The Armbian build system is supposed to work on all common architectures and operating systems including WSL2.

You’ll find the latest images for your board on the download page.

DietPi 8.14

DietPi 8.14 RISC-V

DietPi is a lightweight Debian-based Linux distribution for SBCs and server systems with the option to install desktop environments. The latest DietPi 8.14 was released earlier this month with brand new support for the Orange Pi 5, new images for ODROID-N2/C4/HC4 based on petitboot SPI bootloader enabling USB boot, as well as experimental RISC-V support for the StarFive VisionFive 2 SBC, while the Rock 5B got a “bugfix” image using EXT-4 instead of the FAT file system.

Other changes include DietPi-Config network settings improvements, LetsEncrypt works with HTTP/2 on Apache, an updated version for Gogs, and fixes for Rock Pi S, Rock Pi 4, DietPi-Drive_Manager, Docker, Owncloud/Nextcloud, myMPD, X11, Amiberry, and Synapse. Additional changes can be found in the release notes.

The source code is hosted on GitHub, and you can download an image for your board from the project’s website.

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