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May 27, 2024

Latest Armbian 24.5 Release: Now Supporting Orange Pi 5 Pro and Radxa ROCK 5 ITX

The Armbian community informed 9to5Linux.com about the release of Armbian 24.5, named Havier, which is the newest stable release of this Debian/Ubuntu-based distribution intended for ARM devices.

Armbian 24.5 has arrived about two months following Armbian 24.2 and it includes support for new devices such as the Orange Pi 5 Pro, Radxa ROCK 5 ITX, Allwinner T527 Avaota-A1, Radxa ZERO 3E, Radxa ZERO 3W, FriendlyElec CM3588, 4G Phytium Pi, Sakura Pi RK3308B, SK-AM68, TQMa8MPxL, and the CoolPi CM5 EVB.

This new release also improves compatibility for devices already supported, such as the Khadas VIM1S, Khadas VIM4, Khadas Edge 2, Radxa Rock S 0, Banana Pi BPI-M7, Radxa Zero 3, Odroid C1, Radxa ROCK 4C+, Banana Pi BPI-M4 Zero, AYN Odin 2, Orange Pi 5, Orange Pi 5 Plus, Radxa Rock 5c, ArmSoM Sige1, Rockchip Rock 5C, and the ODROID-N2+.

In addition to the hardware improvements, Armbian 24.5 also brings support for the newest Ubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) OS series, the KDE neon desktop in Armbian Jammy images, the mainline Panthor driver in the Linux 6.1 kernel, Linux kernel 6.8 in select images, and also EMMC and NVME/USB booting for Khadas VIM1S/VIM4 boards.

It also enables vendor kernel branch on the Khadas Edge 2 board, introduces the rewrite-uboot-patches, inventory-boards, and kernel-dtb CLI commands, enables NVMe-over-TCP for rk35xx/rk3588/Rockchip64/UEFI/WSL devices, adds a new board for a virtualized environment with serial console support, enables SSDM autologin, and adds a PPA for pathed AArch64 Chromium web browser.

Armbian 24.5 is available for download for a wide range of devices from the official website. For more technical details about the changes included in this update, with links to the closed tasks, check out the release changelog. The latest version at the moment of writing is Armbian 24.5.1.

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