Apertis 17.12.1 Release

17.12.1 is the current stable development release of Apertis, a Debian/Ubuntu derivative distribution geared towards the creation of product-specific images for ARM (both in the 32bit ARMv7 version using the hardfloat ABI and in the 64-bit ARMv8 version) and Intel x86-64 (64-bit) systems.

This Apertis release is a minor update over Apertis 17.12.0, and is based on top of the Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) LTS release with several customization. Test results of the 17.12.1 release are available in the 17.12.1 test report.

Release downloads

Apertis 17.12 images
Intel 64-bit
ARM 32-bit
ARM 64-bit

The Intel minimal, target and development images are tested on the reference hardware (MinnowBoard MAX), but they can run on any UEFI-based x86-64 system. The sdk image is tested under VirtualBox.

Apertis 17.12 repositories

 $ deb https://repositories.apertis.org/apertis/ 17.12 target helper-libs development sdk hmi

Bug fixes

  • Voice/Audio is not heard for the Bluez-hfp profile in i.MX6

  • Remove bash version 4.3 from minimal and target images

  • Cross-compiling fails using ADE on AMD64 SDK

  • No music and Video files are present in the image (issue in the Mildenhall HMI triggered by the new images)


Bash removal from minimal and target images

The Bash shell has been relicensed under GPLv3 so it is now no longer shipped on minimal and target images, as those are meant to provide a reference for deployments where some of the GPLv3 provisions can be excessively challenging to fulfill. This means that scripts relying on /bin/bash being available or /bin/sh supporting Bash-specific features won’t work anymore. Those scripts need to be updated to use /bin/sh (which is now provided by the Dash shell) and should only rely on POSIX shell features.


Apertis infrastructure tools

For Debian Jessie based systems:

 $ deb https://repositories.apertis.org/debian/ jessie tools

For Ubuntu Trusty based systems:

 $ deb https://repositories.apertis.org/ubuntu/ trusty tools


Image daily builds, as well as release builds can be found at:


Image build tools can be found in the Apertis tools repositories.

Known issues

Normal (139)

  • : Not able to load heavy sites on GtkClutterLauncher

  • : No connectivity Popup is not seen when the internet is disconnected.

  • : remove INSTALL, aclocal.m4 files from langtoft

  • : apparmor-libreoffice: libreoffice.normal.expected fails: ods_to_pdf: fail [Bugzilla bug #331]

  • : factory-reset-tool TC: flagcheck messages are hidden by Plymouth

  • : libgrassmoor: executes tracker-control binary

  • : mildenhall-settings: does not generate localization files from source

  • : cgroups-resource-control: blkio-weights tests failed

  • : Target doesn’t reboot after system update

  • : Unsupported launguage text is not shown on the page in GtkClutterLauncher

  • : telepathy-gabble: Several tests failed

  • : libsoup-unit: ssl-test failed for ARM

  • : Interaction with PulseAudio not allowed by its AppArmor profile

  • : Fix folks EDS tests to not be racy

  • : GStreamer playbin prioritises imxeglvivsink over clutterautovideosink

  • : factory reset with a different image’s rootfs.tar.gz results in emergency mode

  • : shapwick reads /etc/nsswitch.conf and /etc/passwd, and writes /var/root/.cache/dconf/

  • : gupnp-services: test service failed

  • : Crash when initialising egl on ARM target

  • : Pulse Audio volume control doesn’t launch as a separate window on SDK

  • : Mismatch between server version file and sysroot version

  • : Focus in launcher rollers broken because of copy/paste errors

  • : Test apps are failing in Liblightwood with the use of GTest

  • : Unusable header in Traprain section in Devhelp

  • : Clang package fails to install appropriate egg-info needed by hotdoc

  • : tracker-indexing-local-storage: Stopping tracker-store services

  • : apparmor-tracker: underlying_tests failed

  • : VirtualBox display freezes when creating multiple notifications at once and interacting (hover and click) with them

  • : VirtualBox freezes using 100% CPU when resuming the host from suspend

  • : Canterbury messes up kerning when .desktop uses unicode chars

  • : Ribchester: deadlock when calling RemoveApp() right after RollBack()

  • : make check fails on libbredon package for wayland warnings

  • : polkit-parsing: TEST_RESULT:fail

  • : Cannot open links within website like yahoo.com

  • : tracker tests: Error creating thumbnails: No poster key found in metadata

  • : apparmor-folks: unable to link contacts to test unlinking

  • : mx6qsabrelite: linking issue with libgstimxeglvivsink.so and libgstimxvpu.so gstreamer plugins

  • : libgles2-vivante-dev is not installable

  • : telepathy-gabble-tests should depend on python-dbus

  • : gupnp-services tests test_service_browsing and test_service_introspection fail on target-arm image

  • : Confirm dialog status updated before selecting the confirm option YES/NO

  • : webview Y offset not considered to place, full screen video on youtube webpage

  • : cgroups-resource-control: test network-cgroup-prio-class failed

  • : Search feature doesn’t work correctly for appdev portal located at https://appdev.apertis.org/documentation/index.html

  • : GObject Generator link throws 404 error

  • : GLib, GIO Reference Manual links are incorrectly swapped

  • : folks: random tests fail

  • : Album art is missing in one of the rows of the songs application

  • : Canterbury entry-point launching hides global popups, but only sometimes

  • : <abstractions/chaiwala-base> gives privileges that not every app-bundle should have

  • : Segmentation fault when disposing test executable of mildenhall

  • : The web runtime doesn’t set the related view when opening new windows

  • : Deploying LAVA tests for SDK images on personal stream fails

  • : Cross debugging through GDB and GDBserver Not possible.

  • : GtkClutterLauncher: Segfaults with mouse right-clicking

  • : “didcot-client: autopkgtest fails with org.apertis.Didcot.Error.NoApplicationFound and ““Unit didcot.service could not be found”””

  • : rhosydd: integration test fails

  • : ribchester: gnome-desktop-testing test times out

  • : canterbury: Most of the tests fail

  • : Status bar is not getting updated with the current song/video being played

  • : Compositor hides the other screens

  • : Variable roller is not working

  • : In mildenhall, URL history speller implementation is incomplete.

  • : MildenhallSelectionPopupItem doesn’t take ownership when set properties

  • : arm-linux-gnueabihf-pkg-config does not work with sysroots installed by `ade`

  • : libshoreham packaging bugs

  • : libmildenhall-0-0 contains files that would conflict with a future libmildenhall-0-1

  • : rhosydd-client crashes when displaying vehicle properties for mock backend

  • : Rhosydd service crashes when client exits on some special usecases (Refer description for it)

  • : MildenhallSelPopupItem model should be changed to accept only gchar * instead of MildenhallSelPopupItemIconDetail for icons

  • : Mismatching gvfs/gvfs-common and libatk1.0-0/libatk1.0-data package versions in the archive

  • : libbredon/seed uninstallable on target as they depend on libraries in :development

  • : webview-test should be shipped in libbredon-0-tests instead of libbredon-0-1

  • : bredon-0-launcher should be shipped in its own package, not in libbredon-0-1

  • : Shutdown not working properly in virtualbox

  • : virtual keyboard is not showing for password input field of any webpage

  • : Steps like pattern is seen in the background in songs application

  • : Avoid unconstrained dbus AppArmor rules in frome

  • : Newport test fails on minimal images

  • : webkit2GTK crash observed flicking on webview from other widget

  • : Mildenhall should install themes in the standard xdg data dirs

  • : Page rendering is not smooth in sites like www.yahoo.com

  • : HTML5 demo video’s appear flipped when played on webkit2 based browser app

  • : Render theme buttons are not updating with respect to different zoom levels

  • : Rendering issue observed on websites like http://www.moneycontrol.com

  • : Frampton application doesn’t load when we re-launch them after clicking the back button

  • : Observing multiple service instances in all 17.06 SDK images

  • : Incorrect network available state shown in GNetworkMonitor

  • : Crash observed on webruntime framework

  • : Containers fail to load on Gen4 host

  • : Crash observed on seed module when we accesing the D-Bus call method

  • : introspectable support for GObject property, signal and methods

  • : gnutls depends on old abandoned package gmp4 due to licensing reasons

  • : Segmentation fault occurs while exectuing webkit2gtk-aligned-scroll test case

  • : zoom feature is not working as expected

  • : Preseed action is needed for Debos

  • : Debos: allow to use partition number for ‘raw’ action

  • : Debos: mountpoints which are mounted only in build time

  • : Debos: option for kernel command parameters for ‘filesystem-deplay’ action

  • : ribchester-core causes apparmor denies on non-btrfs minimal image

  • : Debos: changes ‘resolv.conf’ during commands execution chroot

  • : Volume Control application hangs on opening it

  • : No splashscreen on boot

  • : Building cargo and rustc in 17.12 for Firefox Quantum 57.0

  • : Blank screen seen on executing last-resort-message testcase

  • : Boot chart doesn’t get generated

  • : folks-metacontacts: folks-metacontacts-linking_sh.service failed

  • : folks-telepathy: folks-retrieve-contacts-telepathy_sh.service failed

  • : folks-alias-persistence: folks-alias-persistence_sh.service failed

  • : folks-metacontacts-antilinking: folks-metacontacts-antilinking_sh.service failed

  • : folks-search-contacts: folks-search-contacts_sh.service failed

  • : apparmor-tracker: AssertionError: False is not true

  • : apparmor: /usr/lib/apparmor/tests/environ fails

  • : apparmor-folks: Several tests fail

  • : apparmor-gstreamer1.0: gstreamer1.0-decode: assertion failed

  • : gupnp-services: browsing and introspection tests fail

  • : tracker-indexing-local-storage: AssertionError: False is not true

  • : didcot: test_open_uri: assertion failed

  • : sqlite: Many tests fail for target amd64, armhf and sdk

  • : dbus-installed-tests: service failed because a timeout was exceeded

  • : boot-no-crashes: ANOM_ABEND found in journalctl logs

  • : tracker-indexing-mass-storage test case fails

  • : traprain: sadt: error: cannot find debian/tests/control

  • : canterbury: core-as-root and full-as-root tests failed

  • : ribchester: Job for generated-test-case-ribchester.service canceled

  • : do-branching fails at a late stage cloning OBS binary repos

  • : frome: `/tmp/frome-*’: No such file or directory

  • : apparmor-pulseaudio: pulseaudio.normal.expected_underlying_tests fails

  • : check-dbus-services: Error: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.AccessDenied

  • : Harbormaster always fail with commit message error

  • : A 2-3 second lag between the speakers is observed when a hfp connection is made over bluetooth

  • : Full-screen Mode fails in Apertis SDK 17.12 in VirtualBox

  • : VirtualBox 5.2 Guest Additions causing backtrace and stalling of boot

  • : Apertis SDK fails to shutdown cleanly.

  • : webkit2gtk-drag-and-drop doesn’t work with touch

  • : SDK hangs when trying to execute bluez-hfp testcase

  • : OSTree testsuite hangs the gouda Jenkins build slave

  • : youtube content is not rendering on GtkClutterLauncher window

  • : traffic-control-tcmmd test fails

Low (46)

  • : Upstream: linux-tools-generic should depend on lsb-release

  • : Mildenhall compositor crops windows

  • : Documentation is not available from the main folder

  • : Power button appers to be disabled on target

  • : Network search pop-up isn’t coming up in wi-fi settings

  • : mxkineticscrollview-smooth-pan:Free scroll doesn’t work

  • : Clutter_text_set_text API redraws entire clutterstage

  • : “bluetooth device pair failing with ““Invalid arguments in method call”””

  • : Videos are hidden when Eye is launched

  • : Theme ,any F node which is a child of an E node is not working for Apertis widgets.

  • : Video doesn’t play when toggling from full screen to detail view

  • : Simulator screen is not in center but left aligned

  • : Bluetooth pairing option not working as expected

  • : Back option is missing as part of the tool tip

  • : The video player window is split into 2 frames in default view

  • : Horizontal scroll is not shown on GtkClutterLauncher

  • : The background HMI is blank on clicking the button for Power OFF

  • : Only half of the hmi is covered when opening gnome.org

  • : Share links to facebook, twitter are nbt working in browser (GtkClutterLauncher)

  • : Background video is not played in some website with GtkClutterLauncher

  • : Drop down lists are not working on a site like facebook

  • : Cannot open/view pdf documents in browser (GtkClutterLauncher)

  • : Zoom in feature does not work on google maps

  • : Printing hotdoc webpage directly results in misformatted document

  • : Context drawer displced when switching to fullscreen in browser app

  • : Images for the video links are not shown in news.google.com on GtkClutterLauncher

  • : beep audio decoder gives errors continously

  • : If 2 drawers are activated, the most recent one hides behind the older one, instead of coming on top of older one.

  • : Album Art Thumbnail missing in Thumb view in ARTIST Application

  • : gstreamer1-0-decode: Failed to load plugin warning

  • : Compositor seems to hide the bottom menu of a webpage

  • : Spacing issues between text and selection box in website like amazon

  • : Content on a webpage doesn’t load in sync with the scroll bar

  • : Resizing the window causes page corruption

  • : qemu-arm-static not found in the pre installed qemu-user-static package

  • : Blank screen seen in Songs application on re-entry

  • : Songs do not start playing from the beginning but instead start a little ahead

  • : Roller problem in settings application

  • : “connman: patch ““Use ProtectSystem=true”” rejected upstream”

  • : “connman: patch ““device: Don’t report EALREADY”” not accepted upstream”

  • : On multiple re-entries from settings to eye the compositor hangs

  • : On first flashing of the image any second application does not get displayed (eg. album art)

  • : Segmentation fault is observed on closing the mildenhall-compositor

  • : Inital Roller mappings are misaligned on the HMI

  • : ade process fails to start gdbserver if a first try has failed

  • : Remove unnecessary folks package dependencies for automated tests

Lowest (2)

  • : Failed to load Captcha in Apertis developer portal

  • : Broken HTML generation in Backworth for the developers portal website