Genode OS Framework release 21.02 Feb 25, 2021

The highlights of version 21.02 are the addition of VirtualBox 6, mobile-data connectivity via LTE, pluggable network drivers, initial support for the Pine-A64-LTS board, and revived work on RISC-V.

Many topics of the current release draw a connection to our overarching goal to use Genode on the Pinephone by the end of the year. Besides the obvious steps of enabling the hardware - starting with the Pine-A64-LTS board - the release introduces mobile-data connectivity as a Genode feature, and changes the network-driver architecture in anticipation of dynamic power-management schemes.

For PC hardware, the flagship feature of version 21.02 is the addition of VirtualBox 6, giving us the prospect to eventually replace the aging port of VirtualBox 5. Speaking of VirtualBox, the release comes with profound improvements of the USB-device pass-through abilities, most importantly covering audio headsets.

Besides these prominent features, the new version comes with many further improvements. Just to name a few, virtual machines on ARM have become able to provide VirtIO-block devices to guests, named pipes can now be used to connect components, Genode's RISC-V support received an update to ISA spec 1.10, and OpenSSL has been bumped to version 1.1.1. For the full story, please refer to the release documentation of version 21.02...